SPRING HARVEST 2019
Jasbire Silver Needle from 2019 spring harvest is a tea to taste! These fine-looking furry buds from the Jasbire Hills are here to amaze you! These leaves are bound to give you all of their preserved memories of the frosty Himalayan winter. Nurtured by the flavour, the aroma, the frosty air, the water, the dewdrops, all at the foothills of mount Kanchenjunga, all grasped within these leaves, only to be released in your cup. It’s a rare tea.
These teas showcase the diversity of Nepali tea producers to exhibit all kinds of seasonal qualities of high-grade whole leaf teas at economical offers. These teas are not mass produced. They are produced in a small quantity by small-scale producers and farmers in their own facilities… And they are truly “rare.”
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Why we want your interest?
Small farmers and processors are driving the rapid growth of the Nepali tea industry. Where once only cows, yak, and sheep roamed, farmers are transforming these barren lands into productive tea plantations. The farmers couldn’t be more excited to know that their teas are making it to your daily cup. They will get to know their customer and understand their needs and preferences. While you’ll discover the incredible aroma and taste of Nepal tea, your slightest acknowledgment can make a huge impact on the small tea farms nestled in the Himalayas.
Tea growing is an excellent option for these huge, towering, mountainous hills. If global tea drinkers and connoisseurs can discover these superior quality teas, this emerging specialty tea industry can generate extra disposable income to Nepali tea farmers, who are not only the main actors but also the most vulnerable link in the tea production chain.
It’s foggy here throughout the year.
It’s a permaculture society.
Tea leaves are grown here in household farming on a small scale. Some will be given to the small scale tea processors, and some will be hand-crafted.
…and orthodox teas are made. – Small Farmers
In the picture: Chandra Rai from Puwa Majhuwa, Ilam
A day’s work is done for Chandra Kumari Rai. But there’s weighing to be done and transport the leaves to the factory. Picking tea leaves is her way of living. She’s a small farmer. There are thousands of small farmers like her waiting for the transaction to support their livelihood.
Small Farmers – The most vulnerable link in the production chain
Tea in Nepal is cultivated primarily by hundreds of small-scale farmers providing them an extra income and a livelihood option for more than 70,000 people who are directly and indirectly working in this industry. Likewise, the Nepal tea industry heavily relies on 83.5% of tea producers who are all small scale farmers. Any upgrade in Nepal’s tea value chain will directly impact these marginal farmers. Casual labor is required year-round to pick tea leaves. Tea buds turn into leaves within a few days if they aren’t picked routinely. Once plucked, the harvested leaves need to be processed within 24 hours. Tea production is a labor-intensive industry, providing significant employment opportunities to local workers. More than 70% of the labor force involved in tea picking are women.
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The majestic Himalayas with its dazzling white beds of snow influences the local weather by inviting rain, misty climate and mingled fogs; all gently nurturing the mountain floors to grow high-quality tea leaves in nature’s purest form.
It’s Nepal Tea!