• A tea farmer in Georgia or an easy way to quit smoking

    A tea farmer in Georgia or an easy way to quit smoking

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    Swimming in unpredictable waters of life, I have repeatedly soaked my tail in swamps and quags of different viscosity. And no one, including myself, couldn’t probably give a proper explanation how on earth I have always been able to get away in one piece and often even managed to get smaller or bigger benefits out of those situations. Due to different circumstances, that would...
  • Why did I decide to become a tea farmer?

    Why did I decide to become a tea farmer?

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    I have never been a teaholic, I have started my mornings with a cup of coffee and honestly still do, but I have also enjoyed tea every other evening or so. A year ago I was ok drinking tea made with a teabag and didn’t know that black tea and green tea come from the same plant. Also, it was news to me that black...
  • My first visit to Georgian tea region (or instruction how to find abandoned tea plantations)

    My first visit to Georgian tea region (or instruction how to find abandoned tea plantations)

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    It was at the end of April, 3 months after the idea of our Tea Estate had first surfaced. For the past month or so my communication with different Georgian agencies had been quite frequent. I had been making phone calls and sending emails. Everyone was positive and helpful, but overall, I felt that we were not taken very seriously, and could I really...
  • My Soviet childhood and Renegade Tea Estate

    My Soviet childhood and Renegade Tea Estate

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    When I first read about what had happened to the Georgian tea industry during the last 30 years, it was difficult to comprehend or even believe. It's not unusual to find a story about a region, where a certain industry was once dominant, but then declined over the years until it died. However, what happened in Georgia is beyond that. In the year of 1990, the...
  • Inception or what connects New Zealand, Rwanda and Vineyards in Portugal

    Inception or what connects New Zealand, Rwanda and Vineyards in Portugal

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    We were wrapping up our 3-week vacation with Kristiina. New Zealand had been my dream destination for more than 10 years and now it was done. After driving 4000 km across both islands, our emotions were slightly mixed. Absolutely amazing nature and breathtaking views were complemented by somewhat dull cities, which sometimes appeared to be abandoned, as soon as the office hours ended. My...
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