Rare Charity Partner Farms
Rare Tea Company works with farms across the world to bring you the best tea directly traded with the farmers and tea producers
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 are sparse.
Deep in the forgotten forest of Meghalaya lies the tiny LaKyrsiew tea garden. From high in the cloudy hills they produce 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 this tea 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 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.