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Farmer's Green

Farmer's Green

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Farmer's Green is a tea for journeys of the mind and spirit. Immerse your tastebuds in a tea that embodies the beautiful Nepalese landscape with a delicate sweetness and a soft vegetal nature. From our Reserves and Rarities collection, this incredible organic green tea hails from Jasbire Tea Village in Nepal. On first glance at the dry leaf you may be surprised that this is a green tea at all, the leaves having been so carefully plucked and processed that it has the appearance of a white tea. But the flavour profile is vegetal and sweet, with a light minerality and soft, lingering mouthfeel that shows itself off as a fine green tea through-and-through. With a delightfully soft aroma that reflects the gentleness of the rolling hills in spring, this will be an exquisite addition to your tea cupboard.

Tea Maker: Sharad Subba
Origin: Jasbire Tea Garden, Illam, Nepal
Tea Bush: Tukdah-78 and Goomlée Cultivars
Altitude: 1700 to 2000 m (5500 to 6500 ft)
Appearance: Pale olive, medium clarity
Aroma: Chives and spring vegetables with hint of mandarin and nougat
Taste: Asparagus and arugula with soft mineralogy and mild sweetness
Mouthfeel: Medium astringency with soft texture and medium-long linger
Caffeine: Medium

Q&A with Bree, Founder & Tea Artist:

What makes this a 'reserve' quality tea?

This tea is produced in micro-lots, meaning that only a few kilos of tea are produced at a time.  Drawing on the ~80 farms in the region, the tea maker is obviously obsessive about the quality of the tea. One look at the wet leaves will tell you the story of the care and attention that goes into the processing; the unfurled leaves are full and unbroken so you can easily distinguish between the SK-1 (larger leaf) and Tukdah-78 (smaller leaf) cultivars. The character with multiple infusions evolves gracefully and with complexity. It is worth setting aside time for a proper tea session, to just be with this tea.

What makes the Jasbire Tea Village a unique and significant source for this green tea?

Jasbire Tea Village is located in Ilam District of Nepal. This is where the Mai Pokahri wetlands are located. In 2008, the Mai Pokahri wetlands were designated as a Ramsar site, indicating that this region is of international ecological significance. The Jasbire Tea Village operates at an elevation of 1700 to 2000 meters with about 150-ish households living integrally with the local specialty tea production. The village has gained a reputation for innovation that is fully evident in this amazing tea, which takes on and translates the wetland character of the surroundings out of one's imagination and into the cup.

Are there any specific health benefits associated with the ingredients in this green tea, particularly given its unique growing conditions and elevation? 

As with all green teas, this one is loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols that promote health and well-being. Consumption of one cup of green tea increases antioxidant capacity in the blood. That's the ability of the blood to counteract and neutralize free radicals and other reactive oxygen species. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause oxidative stress, leading to cellular damage, inflammation, and various diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and neurodegenerative disorders. Teas grown at high elevation have to work harder to survive and thrive, and they produce different compounds as a result so not only are the aromas and flavours different and exquisite, but so too is the antioxidant make-up. For sure worth a cup or two (but not more than 9 a day ok!).

Packaging

All teas (except for storage tin option) come packaged in bags made from wood and are home compostable. Learn more.

Wrap labels are printed on Forest Stewardship Council certified paper and secured using non-toxic adhesives.

Tins are reusable (hand wash only) and curb-side recyclable in most municipalities.

Ingredients

Green tea (certified organic)

Cultivars: Tukdah-78, and SK-1

Steeping instructions

Western Style:
Pour 1 cup water (75 C to 80 C) over 2 g tea (approximately 1.5 tsp). Steep 3 minutes.
This tea will offer 3 infusions or more. Add 30 seconds to 1 minute per steep.

Gong Fu Cha Style:
Suggested pot volume is 70 ml (1/3 cup) for 1-2 people, 125 ml (1/2 cup) for 2-4 people.
For 70 ml volume, 1.5 tsp tea (one scoop using our Perfect Scoop)
For 150 ml volume, 3 tsp tea (two scoops using our Perfect Scoop)
Water temperature 75 C to 80 C (boil water and let stand 5 minutes).
Rinse: 4 to 8 seconds
First infusion: 10 to 15 seconds
Second infusion: 8 to 13 seconds
Third infusion: 10 to 15 seconds
Fourth infusion: 15 to 20 seconds
Fifth infusion: 20 to 25 seconds

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