Nuxalbari Tea Estate Woman Owned Elephant Corridor

Nuxalbari Tea Estate Woman Owned Elephant Corridor

Nuxalbari Tea Estate is located in Darjeeling District, India. This is at the foothills of the eastern Himalaya near the world’s third largest peak – Mount Kanchenjunga.  This tremendous massif influences the area’s weather patterns and creates a lush environment for the tea to grow and flourish.

Tea Plants

Nuxalbari dates back to 1884 through five generations. The estate values healthy soil so that the tea plants are strong and it propagates the best bi-clonal seeds and quality clones.  Their hand picked, artisan tea comes from heritage plants that are over 100 years old, which contributes to its exceptional and fine taste. These heritage tea bushes are the largest that we have seen – as tall as your head and wide as your body.  The result is that Nuxalbari teas are full-bodied, aromatic and flavorful.

Hathi Sathi, Elephant Friend

Sonia Jabbar is the owner. She established an environmental curriculum for the children of her 1,000 employees called Hathi Sathi, or Elephant Friend.  Sonia  teaches the Hathi Sathi philosophy to her workers and their families. She believes that if the younger generation values a healthy lifestyle and environment for people and animals, then all can live healthier lives in the future. The program teaches the children about the natural environment and the value of learning to live with elephants and other wildlife.

Green Corridor Champion

Sonia and her staff are stewards of the land. They’ve transitioned much of the estate to organic. The process required to transition a farm to organic takes many years with steadfastness and patience. The tea plants need time to develop their natural resistance to pests without the application of pesticides.  This transition period generally requires two years for the tea plants to develop a healthy immunity and can also be plucked for tea. Elephants and other animals stay and travel through the farm. Sonia’s vision is to reforest a 50 acre patch above a creek that flows through the estate to provide both food and forest cover for animals.

Nuxalbari is a ‘Green Corridor Champion’ that works with Wildlife Trust of India. This means they ensure the survival of wild Asian Elephants as they travel through Nuxalbari. Sonia was recognized by Prime Minister Modi for her environmental work on wildlife issues. Additionally, the estate offers a green model for other tea farms in the region. And it’s working with other conservation organizations to develop a research station at Nuxalbari for wildlife scientists doing research on Asian Elephants.

A Sustainable Model for Growing Tea

Nuxalbari strives to make a difference with wildlife and nature, their employees’ lives, and finding a better way to live a life. We think Nuxalbari is a more sustainable model for growing tea in India. To top it off, they involve men and women equally to make this happen. Lake Missoula Tea Company is excited to sell tea from Nuxalbari Tea Estate.

136 E Broadway St, Missoula
Judy Hogg
Best store in Montana possibly in all of the United States. I don't know. This is the first Gong Fu tea shop I've ever been to. I came in for a matcha whisk because I donated mine to a museum. Before I left a random customer who was introduced to me as a regular bought me tea. I hugged him which isn't something I normally do. But I was incredibly thankful. Then the man behind the counter gave me a free sample. I went in looking for a simple tool and left with tea and a happy spirit. I am looking forward to making it back as soon as possible! I loved it. I think it will always hold a special place in my blood pumping organ.
Sari Barnes
This atmosphere of this shop is so wonderfully cozy and pleasant. The menu has such a nice selection of to-go options and the loose teas to purchase for home brewing are phenomenal and in vast selection. The service was quick and friendly. I came here with my family and we bought many of the different teas to try, as well as some to-go teas. My sister and I really enjoyed their house Chai. It was the perfect amount of spice and tea, like a spicy hug for your soul. I will be recommending this shop to others in the future.
Brooke Blackler
I've been going to Lake Missoula Tea Company for years, and recently have had the privilege of putting some of their tea in my store. The quality of the tea is fantastic, and the blends are delightful. I have also attended one of their tasting / learning events and it was great. I highly recommend their downtown store for meeting with friends, family or even just for a nice place to go and have a cup of perfectly brewed tea.
Tim Specht
Amazing variety great prices and they'll brew top shelf teas you may be reluctant to buy before trying for a dollar more. Great selection for Missoula. Friendly knowledgeable staff and beautiful tea sets and accessories
Ashley Nelson
The atmosphere was so relaxing and pleasant I could stay there all day! The staff are super helpful and polite and helped me with all my questions (not to mention some helpful tips from patrons as well). The tea they have is top notch and all the selection you could ask for