Tea Plantation

                We source the majority of our teas from local farmers within the northern areas of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. This northern region of Thailand is blessed with beautiful mountain ranges, clean cool air and the high elevation necessary for growing high grade tea.

            The idyllic conditions for growing tea require an average daily temperature of over 10℃ year round and high ground elevation. The higher elevations result in lower oxygen levels causing the tea to grow at a slower rate there fore enriching the flavor. Soil conditions are also very important requiring acidic to slightly acidic PH level between 4.5 and 6.5. The northern regions of Thailand possess all of these requirements making them a desirable source for high grade tea.

            The farmers in these regions have been cultivating tea in the traditional way for generations. There are two major advantages to sourcing from traditional farmers. The first is that they do not use chemical fertilizers or pesticides in cultivating the tea plant. The second and probably most important advantage is that all tea is hand picked. The process of hand picking is essential to high grade tea production in that only the desirable newly sprouted top three leaves are picked. In contrast, most large scale tea plantations around the world use mechanized processes to harvest tea, indiscriminately cutting the course leaves and branches along with the desired top leaf.

            Our practice of sourcing from small local farmers insures the use of only the newly sprouted top leaf of the tea plant which has been grown without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers.