In a country full of companies whose main focus is tea for tea bags you would think it might be hard to find high quality leaf but as loose leaf tea and sustainable farming take the spotlight so to do their companies. I love a good brisk cup of Assam in the morning and I think you will find the difference in quality you find with this company will amazing your tea buds. Be sure to check out this awesome company if you love teas from India like I do.
Location Headquarters: Springfield, Oregon
- We’re a mission-driven company working with smallholder tea farmers in India and Nepal. We have a collection of organic, single-origin loose-leaf teas that features well established regions like Darjeeling and Assam, and emerging ones like Kumaon and Nepal.
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Does the company name have a meaning?
- Yes! We’re named in tribute to the Himalayas, a rising mountain range that’s still going up as India subducts under Asia.
Do you participate in any charities?
- Yes, many! As a mission-driven company, we provide trainings and workshops to aspiring tea farmers in India and Nepal. Members of our team are also organizing the first Eugene Tea Festival, and we regularly donate our teas and time to other tea festivals across the west coast (Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco). Due to the COVID pandemic, right now we’re also giving 5% of all online sales revenue to non-profits focused on relief efforts for rural farmers in India and Nepal, more info here.
What is your and/or your co-workers’ favorite tea?
- Depends on who you ask! Madelaine and Lucas both like Nepali Green Peak, Mitra likes Nilgiri Forest, and I personally like our Kumaon White
What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?
- It’s lacking and it’s needed. Fortunately, tea drinkers familiar with higher levels of transparency in other craft beverages like wine, coffee, and chocolate, are demanding it. The companies that recognize this shift is happening are, in my opinion, the ones that will do the best.
What role does tea play in our lives?
- It’s an entry point into so many other things; culture, ecology, economic history, and of course, socializing. Bill Waddington of Tea Source put it best: “It’s just a leaf and water, nothing magical or mystical, yet wars have been fought over tea, fortunes have been won and lost over tea and lives have been dedicated to tea. I’m not sure why. All I know is I wouldn’t be in any other business.”
Anything else you’d like to add?
- We offer a free small pouch of Nepali Golden Black, our most popular black tea, for anyone who signs up to our newsletter! Here’s the signup page.
TeaTiff Picks: Nilgiri Ice. Summer is heating up here in the states and nothing beats a nice glass of iced tea. But why settle for your usual tea bag when you could go for a lip smacking loose black like this one? Nothing beats a refreshing blend like this!
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