Consciously stocking my cupboard with tea's that have a positive impact on people, communities and the environment.
Tea Rebellion recently launched a quarterly subscription box that contains 3 teas, one for each month of the quarter. May's tea was this Kumari Gold black tea from the Kanchanjangha tea estate in Nepal.
Aroma: Tobacco, malt and faint fruits.
Flavour: A dark fruit start with a caramel-like tangy-ness. This develops into an earthy, malty finish.
Things to Love
Admittedly, I didn't know much about this farm before Tea Rebellion. Now that I do, I am fiercely inspired and awed by the extent of the social and economic changes they have created within their community.
🍃 Fair Trade Certified
👉 Direct Trade
👐 Cooperative Business: The farmers, the gardeners, and the factory workers are all members of the cooperative and receive dividends from profits.
🏡 Free Housing: As part of the co-op, workers receive free housing, which includes access to clean drinking water, electricity and a smokeless oven. They also receive a set of clothes and other subsidies, such as food and basic household supplies.
📚 Education for Children: As a benefit of the co-op, education is provided for the children of workers. In addition, due to the high illiteracy rate in Nepal, the Estate recognised a need for increased access to education. In 2002, the Estate started a scholarship program for all children of small farmers in the district, funded by various institutions and tea buyers. This program enables children to study at the local community school or boarding school. If you have $500 to spare, you can sponsor a child. This donation covers all educational costs for a whole year!
🐮 Cow Bank Project:
The economic status of farmers in Nepal tends to be very poor. The Estate recognises this and aimed to empower its co-op members with additional income. The Cow Bank Project was introduced in 2005, starting with one bull and 36 cows. The cows were distributed to farmers, allowing them to sell milk and the dung. The dung is often bought back by the Estate! In order to take part in this project, farmers must donate the first calf back to the Estate. This calf is reared and distributed to another farmer!
💩 Manure Fertiliser: The Estate uses cow manure, bought from farmers in the Cow Bank Project, and uses it as a natural fertilizer for the tea plants.
🌾 Sharing Status: The Estate is an advocate for organic tea farming, and provides technical support to over 200 farmers in the region, who are also aiming for organic status.
DISCLAIMER: Tea gifted by Tea Rebellion. However, this is not a paid post. All opinions are my own.
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