Ever wonder where that tea in your cup came from? Who grew it, picked it by hand, and rolled it up? Just as it is important to know your vegetable farmer, it is also important to know your tea farmer. After all, tea (just like fruits and vegetables) is steeped and ingested by us straight from the earth (most of the time). Do you know who you are supporting when you buy a box of Lipton tea and what happens to it during its various processing phases? We’re not exactly sure, but what we are sure of is how all our direct sourced teas get from the hands of the farmer to your cup.
One of the wonderful aspects of sourcing direct tea products is that we get to know the men and women who grow, harvest, process and sell us our selected teas. One great tea connection we continue to foster is our tie to a Kenyan man and his purple tea farm.
David Bor is from the Nandi Hills of Kenya and belongs to the Beliot (Elephant) clan. He and his wife, Bernadine, have two daughters, and together run a tea farm that produces both black and purple teas. Purple tea is a hybrid tea plant that is more tolerant to drought and pests while still having the flavor profile of green tea and remaining healthy for humans. David encourages his tea pickers to grow purple tea and pays them weekly rather than when the tea is sold. Our Beliote Black, Hand-Rolled Purple and Sunrise in Kenya teas come from David’s small scale tea farm. Our Rift Valley Currant contains both black and purple teas sourced from David and pays tribute to Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. This blend brews a consistent vibrant purple color. Another colorful blend that incorporates David’s purple tea is Emerald Elixir, with holy basil, purple tea and butterfly pea flowers. This colorful blend brews anywhere from an emerald green to a light purple.
Along with the tea farm, David’s wife Bernadine runs a small roadside store. They also operate an English garden for events such as weddings and graduations. A genuine man at heart, David and his tea farmers will be sure to have our support far into the future.
Read more about David’s teas.