RENEGADE RUMBLINGS

Rumblings about life in Georgia and tea
Tea for dummies 101

Tea for dummies 101

As we are rookies in the tea field ourselves, we have come across many myths regarding tea and we know it can get a little difficult understanding what is true...

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Tea and Georgia - what have you taught me?

Tea and Georgia - what have you taught me?

So, at the beginning of 2018, I had just left my job in Estonia, preparing to become a tea farmer in Georgia. Even now it sounds a bit crazy when writing it down :)...

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Lessons of Shifu

Lessons of Shifu

I guess it’s clear that being newbies in the tea field, we need some help from experts. We were in contact with a few and we researched and read a...

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Back to the corporate world?

Back to the corporate world?

The last 4 months have been everything I expected it to be. Those months have challenged me mentally and physically and for sure pushed my borders. It has been at...

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How we ran a 40-day marathon of crowdfunding

How we ran a 40-day marathon of crowdfunding

Selling a product that you actually do not even have yet, and doing it intensively for 40 days in a row is definitely not an easy task, and even though...

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The price of tea. Do you know, for what you are paying?

The price of tea. Do you know, for what you are paying?

There is no lack of choices when it comes to teas. We can drink some of the most exclusive teas in the world and pay 1 EUR for our cup...

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გამარჯობა- learning Georgian!

გამარჯობა- learning Georgian!

Georgian is amongst the 10 oldest languages in the world and apparently, Georgians decided somewhere in the very early stages of history that they want their very own everything. Therefore...

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Why did the Georgian tea industry collapse?

Why did the Georgian tea industry collapse?

With its subtropical climate, western Georgia is an ideal place to grow tea. Chilly nights and cold winter months prevent disease and therefore there is no need to use pesticides...

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One month as a real farmer

One month as a real farmer

I am old enough to know, that usually things do not go as planned and I was mentally prepared, that the beginning will not be easy. I also knew that...

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Tea- what it is and and how it's made?

Tea- what it is and and how it's made?

I have to admit that my knowledge about tea before Renegade-time mostly consisted of the fact that there is hot water involved and something soaked in it. Now that I...

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Cleaning of Renegade Estate

Cleaning of Renegade Estate

The tea plantation, located near Opurchkheti, Imereti, had been abandoned for nearly 30 years. The fields were completely covered with weed and bushes, tea plants hidden under it. It was...

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We are the Renegades

We are the Renegades

So, where does our name come from? Per se, Renegade is not necessarily a positive name. It is often referred to as an outlaw, deserter or something similarly negative. Usually,...

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How I became a Renegade aka „What intriques a Millenial?“

How I became a Renegade aka „What intriques a Millenial?“

„I felt like it“ can be stated as my main motivation for saying „yes“ to Kristiina, when on the 1st of January she asked me, how would I feel about...

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

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

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...

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Why did I decide to become a tea farmer?

Why did I decide to become a tea farmer?

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....

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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)

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...

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My Soviet childhood and Renegade Tea Estate

My Soviet childhood and Renegade Tea Estate

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...

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

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

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...

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