A HOMEGROWN PROJECT FROM NORTHEAST INDIA
All of the Folklore family, may it be the growers and their families, the local people and the Folklore staff are all born and brought up in this region; the lush garden trails and the people know each other better than anyone else.
The team of tea workers is the pride of Folklore Teas. Our sincere tea workers are responsible to pluck the finest and tender tea leaves from our gardens, which is the deciding factor of the grades of our teas. A smaller garden size means our workers are very limited, asserting a stronger relation brewing between the workers and us, to an extent that we have a rapport with them and know their families personally.
Teas from the source
All our teas are sourced directly from the tea grower’s garden. As mentioned earlier, we are inbred in this land and things slightly turn favorable in this case. We do not work with handlers or brokers. A tea that has travelled places and switched hands lacks trustworthiness and genuineness and by the time it reaches the consumer it is depleted of freshness and is of compromised quality. You have all reasons to question the sourcing of the tea you are drinking and rightly so, you’ll be paying for it. If you happen to come across our social media posts, you’ll have an idea about our presence in the place and even if you happen to cross by our place, you can drop by and say hi!
The nearest tea garden is 2.5 hours away from our unit. After the tea is processed at the farmer’s unit which is again right next to their homes, lowest plucking to processing time, it is dispatched to our unit where we re-pack them for making to make it spill-free and moisture-proof. It means the brew in your cup will be as fresh and flavor intact as it was when picked. We do not use any machine either for blending or for packaging our classic and flavored teas, making sure our customers receive only unbroken tealeaves.
Organic farming is not a certificate the growers achieve, it’s something they have always been doing.
Owing to its nature of production and scale of operation, there is no sizeable stock of inventory at the grower’s disposal. Being a small plantation, the process of plucking the tea leaves to its final processing happens daily. Each grower is unique at their levels of tea crafting and so are the resources at their disposal, which vary from grower to grower; may it be the size of their garden, the manpower, the size of the unit among all others. Still, at an average, for a small tea grower, a full day of labour would yield about 6-7 kilos of unprocessed tea which means 3-4 kilos of the finished product. Furthermore, tons of tea can never be a parameter of quality tea.
Talk to the growers
We reinstate the importance of a connection between the growers and the drinkers of their tea, wherein one can talk directly to the grower and tell them how their efforts made them feel.
If you have liked any of our classic category teas and are interested in talking to your grower, please drop us a message. As some of our growers are not technologically equipped, you can drop a mail with your message and we shall post it to the respective grower. For other growers, we can schedule an interaction once towards the end of the month. This exercise will be done to appreciate the hard work of the growers. This will not be a business platform.