Tea gardens are ready:
Why is it cool to have your own tea garden?
Do you like tea? If not, we have to be honest - it isn't probably cool at all! Having your own tea garden means that every autumn a big box of tea will arrive at your doorstep and it will be an endless pain to figure out what to do with it. Year after year after year. At one point even your friends and family (if they're not teaheads themselves) might get tired of getting tea from you for each Christmas...it's a damn good tea, but still…
However, if you like tea, then it's a whole different story. You will be waiting for those regular shipments with excitement each year. After all, it's not just tea that arrives. It's tea that is grown for you, without any concentrated fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides and produced by your personal tea masters, Hannes and Tomas, in our little tea factory. It's tea from an old, once forgotten plantation that would not exist anymore without the joint effort of you and us.
Your own tea garden might be an endless headache or a highlight of your year - which is it for you?
"It's not our tea,
that we are selling to you, it's your tea,
that we are
growing for you"
What's in it for us?
There are mainly two reasons why we offer a part of our plantation to you.
Firstly, it is who we are as Renegade tea farmers. From day one, we didn't want to sell tea. There are already thousands of companies doing that. Instead, we wanted to be next-door tea farmers to our customers. We wanted you to be a part of our story. "It's not our tea, that we are selling to you, it's your tea, that we are growing for you" - this message on our boxes is the principle that guides us. So, we think it's pretty cool if more people join the Renegade tea farmers community. People who can call Renegade Tea Estate their own tea farm.
"It's not our tea,
that we are selling to you,
it's your tea, that we are
growing for you"
Second reason is a bit more earthly. There are hundreds of abandoned tea plantations in Georgia that could be brought back to life, but it's costly. Renegade Tea Estate has just three, but it's still a challenge to survive the first 3-4 years, while fighting with the weeds and waiting for the bushes to grow. While our team is brave and hardworking, none of us have an endless stash of gold, and we have also tried to avoid selling our souls to the bank. By adopting a tea garden you help us share the initial investments during the start-up phase and in return you guarantee yourself organically grown, tasty tea from your own garden for the next 25 years.
68 Renegades joined us in 2018, now we are ready to let new people in.
How much tea will I get from my garden?
Depending on how much tea your family drinks, there are some smaller and few bigger gardens you can choose - from 60m2 to 430 m2. The size and exact location of the area is up to you. The prices for the gardens start from 220 euros (240 USD).
Every year you will get half of the total produce from your plot. In 3-4 years, when the bushes have matured, then from a 100m2 plot you will get approximately 2 kg of tea per year. And the good news is that when the first tea garden owners had to wait almost two years before they got their first small harvest at the end of 2019, then as the tea bushes are growing rapidly, all the new garden owners will get the first teas already this autumn. In 2020 you will get ca 250 grams of tea of your choice - that's around 100 cups of tea.
You also get a lifetime pass to visit your garden and the rest of the Renegade Tea Estate for free!
Two years ago we started our first season as tea farmers, trying to bring a new life to the Georgian tea plantations that had been abandoned for the last 30 years. We didn't have a factory, we had zero experience in agronomy and tea production and we didn't even know if tea will actually start to grow on the fields that we had freed from the jungle of fern and blackberries.
But we had a lot of enthusiasm and a slightly crazy vision to build an organic, open and honest tea farm, where each batch of tea is fully transparent and each person who drinks our teas has a direct contact with us. We thought how cool it would be if most of our customers would have visited us, seen the fields where their tea is growing and met the team who is making their tea.
2020 will be our third season as tea farmers. Starting as complete rookies, we have come a long way. Our factory is ready and our plantations are taking shape - largely thanks to a group of people who decided to support us on our very first year. So far our teas have travelled to 36 countries around the world. While we have still a long way to go, our teas have got a lot of positive feedback from both casual drinkers and tea experts. And we are quite happy with them ourselves as well :) And what's even more important - despite the many challenges we have faced during those 2 years, the vision to be the most transparent tea farm out there has not changed and it feels as cool and fun as on the day we started our journey.
We produce chemical-free single origin loose leaf tea - from white to black and everything in between. Our tea comes from fields that have been abandoned for the last 30 years, and therefore we can say with confidence that the tea bushes have been chemical-free and we continue with the organic ways of farming.
All of our teas are single origin - each package has been harvested on a certain day from a certain plantation. We never blend or hide the origins of the tea and therefore even teas with the same recipe have some differences in taste dependant on which day it was made.
We love to experiment and test the borders of Georgian tea. Instead of creating 2-3 perfect recipes for the next 30 years, we have a vision of finding something new about Georgian tea each year. In 2019, we made 36 different teas, all together 450 kg. Year after year our recipes get more refined and the quantities bigger as the tea bushes mature, but we will never quit the experiments. We hope you want to join us on this journey to figure out what Georgian tea is capable of!
Read more about Georgian tea from here.