Friday
Aug172012

Our first tea order: from the oldest tea farmer in the world

Today we celebrate an exciting milestone: our first major tea order!

At the root of Tea Here Now is a mission to source high quality teas that promote sustainability in as many ways possible, while telling a beautiful story one cup at a time. It is only fitting then that our first order of tea for the shop comes from Royal Tea of Kenya (RTK), an extended family farm of 9 million tea bushes which are picked by 3,451 registered farmers.

I first met Joy Njunguna of RTK at the 2012 World Tea Expo during the origin tea tasting tour. The day was a non-stop whirlwind around the world by way of tea cup, and I'll admit that even I felt just a tiny bit exhausted by around the 20th tasting. Until, that is, Joy introduced herself, her story, and her family's amazing teas. She is the warm and passionate grand-daughter of the oldest tea farmer in the world (more on that soon) that thought she'd grow up to be a rockstar, not a tea farmer. Despite her best efforts she could not escape her fate and in her own time fell in love with all things tea and has come to fully embrace and embody the beauty of her family's rich tea history. It is impossible not to fall in love with Joy, her grand-father, the farmers they empower, and the amazing tea they share with the world.

Grandpa Arthur Njuguna Komo is 111 (or maybe 112) years young and still very involved in the business of producing amazing tea. Joy is most certainly doing him and his long life of hard and dedicated work proud by continuing the family business that revolves around farmer's rights, tea quality, and sustainability. The full story of her family is tremendous and worth reading more about.

I am honored and thrilled that we'll have a chance to share Royal Tea of Kenya's tea, history and passion at Tea Here Now very soon!

 

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    A simple organic farming system employing crop rotator, seeds protecting, chop along with burn off, or even different strategies to maximize performance whilst assembly the requirements with the home or even local community. In the past, just one subsisting in this manner had been known as any peasant.
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Thank you for sharing this incredible story! Such joy on Arthur Njuguna Komo's face. If there is any truth to emotions being transferred through food, then surely this will be the best cup of tea we've ever tasted.

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

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