Fresh tea leaves are steamed to halt oxidization and keep the leaves green. Green tea is high in anti-oxidants and pairs well with savoury food.
Small tea co-op location:
Nine small-scale tea growers in Assam, India are growing tea organically and processing their own tea and their garden sites. Their organic gardens are a haven for birds and microorganisms and their entrepreneurship is inspiring.
Farmer Profile: The tea growers process tea by hand, and dry in small facilities in each tea garden. Each tea garden employs between 5 and 20 labourers.
Direct Fair Trade Premiums: Premiums for tea go entirely to the labourers and the decision as to what the money put towards is determined by the labourers in an open meeting. Historically, premiums have gone towards water filtration for each home and piglets to raise and sell for profit.
Flavour Profile: Sweet green tea with a smooth finish.
Description: This green tea is a rare find. Assam green has notes of honey in the cup.
Serving Tips: Use 1 heaping teaspoon for 500ml of boiling water. Let it steep for 4 minutes. One secret for this tea is to brew it twice. Traditionally, the first "rinse" is for the kids, the second is for the guests.