Rare Tea Company is a small, independent company based in London. The company, which collaborates with many of the world’s finest chefs and restaurants, was founded by Henrietta Lovell to source and supply the world's best tea - direct from farmers and their tea gardens. Rare Tea Company donates a percentage of its revenue to Rare Charity each year, and Rare Charity works on Rare Tea Company’s partner farms to offer educational scholarships. For us, the reltionship between producers, consumers, and the tea itself should be dynamic and constantly informative.
Satemwa is a third generation family-owned tea and coffee estate in the Shire Highlands of Malawi. For nearly 100 years the Kay Family has been crafting superior teas and coffees, which are exported around the world. Built in 1937, the Satemwa tea factory is known around the tea world as a producer of quality tea. It is now the last remaining of the original founding tea estates that led to the creation of a successful tea industry in Malawi. The knowledge of the land and consistent passion and care that have been passed down the generations of both the Kay family and employees have led to distinctive and celebrated teas being created at Satemwa the like of which cannot be matched. Satemwa was the first African Tea Estate to employ female mangers and is a champion of equal opportunities. You can see Henrietta's visit to the farm here.
Jun Chiyabari Estate
High in the Nepali Himalayas lies the tiny but extraordinarily beautiful Jun Chiyabari Estate. At 1835 meters above sea level, the tea grows slowly but with intense flavours. This very special terroir produces uniquely rich, chocolate flavours. You can see Henrietta's visit to the farm here. The garden is run by Morris Orchard, a third generation Nepali tea planter, whose grandfather came from Britain to plant tea. This lovely man has a great respect for the land, the tea and the small team he works with - it is an honour to be part of that. All the farming is organic, respecting and protecting the rich biodiversity of the land. The garden supports a small community of workers who have lived and worked on the land for many generations. The farm provides valuable jobs for women both in the garden and in the factory where meticulous hand crafting offers highly skilled work. Opportunities for further education here are sparse.
LaKyrsiew Tea Garden
Deep in the forgotten forest of Meghalaya lies the tiny LaKyrsiew tea garden. From high in the cloudy hills is produced some of the most rare and unique tea in the world. In the local dialect Meghalaya is called 'the abode of clouds' so we called the tea produced here Cloud Tea. This privately owned garden concentrated entirely on high quality production - with the ambition to create a terroir - famous for unique flavour bringing much needed jobs and income to the area. The European/Mangalyaan family who own the farm are focussed on helping develop the region with a sustainable future. We hope to them with wider educational opportunities. You can see when Henrietta travelled to the tea garden here.
Amba Tea Estate
Amba sits above Ravana-Ella waterfall in Central Sri Lanka. The land was abandoned during the civil war, depriving local communities of work and income. Amba Tea Estate was created to grow the finest quality tea and herbs with a commitment to provide jobs and skills to the local community and champion environmental stewardship. Amba’s fundamental goals are to provide a positive economic impact and to protect and restore the environment in and around the Estate. The farm works in partnership with the Mulleriyawa Halfway Home for women recovering for mental illness at the National Institute of Mental Health. The ladies of Mulleriyawa make most of the packaging for Amba’s products, and they have sponsored a number of awareness-raising and fund-raising initiatives for the Home. You can see Henrietta's visit to the farm here.