Grown in the eastern corridors near the Indian border, beneath the majestic gaze of Mount Everest, this exquisite black tea is a testament to the rich tea culture that has flourished for generations. Handpicked from the Tinjure Cooperative, pioneers in Nepal's tea industry, the golden-hued leaves yield a full-bodied infusion with a malty richness and a subtle hint of sweetness. With a transformative journey from grassroots cultivation to a cooperative-led processing plant, each sip of this golden black tea reflects the resilience and empowerment of the local tea farmers.
In the remote eastern corridors of Nepal, nestled against the Indian border and beneath the watchful peaks of Mount Everest, a distinct tea culture has been brewing for generations. Historically, the teas from this region were often overshadowed by the famed Darjeeling teas, owing to their similar soil compositions and the lack of a distinctive market presence for Nepali teas. However, the genesis of a self-sufficient tea industry in Nepal is being orchestrated by grassroots farmers, whose lineage has seamlessly traversed the terrains of Nepal and India, long before political boundaries delineated them as separate nations. This rich history of migration has facilitated the exchange of the revered Camellia sinensis plant varieties and tea-making expertise between the northeastern parts of India and eastern Nepal. Currently, the burgeoning sector is marrying traditional knowledge with innovation, forging a refreshed and sustainable trajectory for South Asian tea cultivation. For deeper insights, you can explore our blog post dedicated to this region.
Tea Producers: Back in the 1990s, a trinity of villages situated on adjoining hills united with a vision to cultivate tea. This alliance christened themselves "Tinjure", drawing inspiration from their topographical features – "Tin" signifying three, and "jure" denoting hills. Initially, the freshly founded Tinjure Cooperative traded their harvested green tea leaves to prominent tea estates in the vicinity, including the Kanchenjunga Tea Estate, a supplier we proudly represent. This changed in 2013 when the cooperative garnered sufficient funds to launch their own tea processing plant, enabling them to process the leaves they harvested independently. Presently, the cooperative thrives with a robust membership of 240 individuals.
Significance: Marking its place as the inaugural cooperative to own and manage a factory in Nepal, the Tinjure Cooperative has revolutionized the livelihoods of local tea farmers. By taking charge of the tea production process, the farmers at Tinjure have amplified their earnings by a whopping twentyfold compared to their income from selling unprocessed green leaves to private factories. Steering this transformative journey is Tinjure's diverse board of directors, inclusive of both female and male members, who are at the forefront of mobilizing and empowering surrounding communities. This initiative is facilitating the metamorphosis of Nepali tea cultivators into adept tea producers, consequently steering them towards a more lucrative segment of the tea industry.
Brew with water heated to 200-212°F (93-100°C) for 3 minutes, though times may vary depending on the tea type and preference.
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