A REAL TEA FARM
We're not a tea company. We're a tea farm. We have 40 hectares of tea fields - small tea bushes with 60-70-year-old roots, that are still regaining their strength after being abandoned for the last 30 years. Our daily efforts go to keeping the tea fields clean from fern and other weeds which seem to grow at lightning speed (not kidding, fern that grows 8 cm per day is pretty scary). We also have daily territorial discussions with the village cows who'd like to trim our tea bushes for lunch. If we manage to tackle those things and keep the tea bushes alive and weed-free, then, with the help of local people from nearby villages, we gather tea leaves for our little factory.
We're not tea sellers. We're tea producers. We have a small tea workshop where we are testing, failing, learning and testing again – figuring out how to bring out the best of Georgian tea. We're not trying to make "the best tea in the world", instead we produce some 20 different teas each year so each person can find their cup of tea. While there are still many things to learn and improve, our teas have got a lot of positive feedback from both casual drinkers and tea experts from all around the world. They've even won awards. And what's even more important - around 2000 families around the world trust us enough to produce their yearly tea.
We are a group of friends aiming to build one of the best tea farms out there. We started this journey as complete rookies, but with a lot of optimism and thirst to learn, we've come a long way. Despite the challenging starting years, our vision to be the most transparent tea farm out there has not changed and it feels as cool as it did on the first day.
FROM FIELD TO CUP
Have you ever thought about where your tea comes from? If you've tried to find information, then you probably know that it's usually not so easy to find. As the tea world is dominated by big whole-sellers and middlemen, a regular package from the supermarket can easily say that it was "Made in Germany" without any other specifications. We want to challenge the norm, leave out the middlemen and offer our teas straight from our farm to you.
DRINKING RENEGADE TEAS:
You know where and how your tea was grown
You can be sure that your tea is grown without any pesticides, herbicides or concentrated fertilizers. Our plantations had been without any human interactions for 30 years and we have continued with the organic ways of farming, the plantations and factory also have the EU organic certification. Your teas are processed in our small factory by either Hannes, Tomas or Aleko
You contribute to the revival of nearby villages
We hire people from nearby villages who haven't had a stable job since the collapse of the tea industry in the early 1990s. We offer them regular employment and an honest and dignified salary.
You get the full picture
Each of our packages come with a detailed description - where it was grown, when it was harvested and what was the exact processing method we used to make this specific tea. We don't blend any of our teas and we never hide the origins or recipes.
You get it at an affordable price
Hand-processed organic teas shouldn't be out of reach for a regular tea drinker. Leaving out the middlemen, we can offer our teas straight from our farm from 46 Euro cents per cup.