Origin of premium tea
Everything in a quality tea has something to do with origin and the skills of the maker.
We only buy directly from small farms and want to build a lasting relationship,
giving them the attention and respect they deserve.
We've sought long and far to find the perfect partners. This hasn't been easy. Our farmers are doing so much more than any certificate out there, because for them social and environmental responsibility is given and they are willing to make an extra effort in order for everyone and everything to thrive.
They share our view that tea producing should have a positive impact on the nature and people working with tea.
Their main objective is to support
-the disappearing art of making Orthodox tea
-workers' well-being (e.g. well above average salary, social responsibility and great working and living conditions)
-sustainable farming, protecting the environment and animals
malawian fair trade tea
SINGLE ORIGIN malawi
Owner: Family owned estate since 1923. Current owner grandson Alexander Kay
Location: Thyolo Highlands, Malawi. 1003m above sea level
Farm size: 0,5 ha per small farmer
Quality: Specialty tea, whole leaves pesticide-free Fair Trade
These teas are produced by passionate smallholders and all tea is picked by hand. This tea is made with love, passion and craftsmanship, as dedication for tea is passed on over several generations.
This estate is family-owned and the only one in Malawi producing Orthodox teas, as most farms have been purchased by large companies looking to produce commodity tea.
The sole purpose of the farmers is to make a difference in the tea industry. These quality-conscious tea farmers are the lifeblood in the battle for better quality in tea and better living conditions, fair pay, better health and sustainability in otherwise bulk-reigned Malawi. The family-owned estate educates small farmers in producing better quality tea, and they their own school and health clinic. The farm has a Fair Trade certification.
The estate helps preventing climate change, for example by using energy saving machines, solar panels and by planting trees. The estate has increased its natural areas in order to maintain an ecological balance by cultivating a wide range of trees, shrubs and flowers, and protecting wildlife corridors.
The estate has three main objectives that are guiding them, and one of these is gender equality. In 1935, Mclean Kay (the founder) was the first tea grower in Malawi to employ women. The second goal is to mitigate climate change and work towards a sustainable environment. Their third goal is to sign up for the UN Global Compact and establish direct trade partnerships.
our malawian Teas:
Indian Organic Tea
Single Estate India
Owner: Murali Subramanian, purchased the farm 8 years ago.
Location: Nilgiri Mountains, India. 2000m above sea level
Farm size: 2 ha
Quality: Specialty tea, whole leaves, Indian organic farming
This small single estate farm of only 2 hectares immediately won me over. After hearing their story I was dedicated to have their teas in my store and give everyone a chance to try this remarkable tea from these amazing tea artisans - they truly have a heart of gold.
The tea plants on this farm are 30 years, and the farm was purchased by the current owners eight years ago. The plants are of China Plant variety (sinensis sinensis). They have adapted to the Nilgiri mountains very well and developed their own distinct flavor. With small, thin leaves it is more than suitable for producing high quality tea.
The teas are produced 100% organically with an Indian organic certification and the owner practices sustainable farming methods. Tea is picked by hand, processed daily in small batches to ensure maximum freshness and highest quality. Sustainability, whether related to the health of the soil, plants or people, is key in everything this farm does.
Single Estate India has over 500 silver oak trees on their farm that contribute to the unique taste, and offer shade for the tea plants. The fallen leaves act as a natural fertilizer, and the trimmings of the trees are used as firewood for the tea processing, bringing forth a unique flavor to their teas. The farm is totally self-sufficient.
The farm is run by eight employees who are guaranteed year-round work, which is rare, as the tea season only lasts six months. The owners provide a home for the employees in the farm house. They also pay their employees well above the market rate, provide annual bonuses and cash advances, and offer many other kind of help. Employee well-being really is a matter of pride to them.