Technique: Tea Growing
THE TECHNIQUE : TEA GROWING
Kenyan artisans and farmworkers at JusTea grow 100 percent natural, fair trade teas and hand-carve olive wood spoons. These techniques have been passed down across generations, in Nandi Hills, for approximately 100 years. To produce most tea flavors, the day-long process includes hand-plucking, withering, rolling, oxidation, and drying. It is completely pesticide-free, and chemicals are not sprayed on the leaves at any step of the process. The olive wood spoons are carefully hand-carved by members of the Makweni carving community. To carve and bead the olive wood spoons, the process takes approximately two to three hours. Furthermore, for every 100 spoons that are created, one tree is planted. JusTea is a pioneer tea producer because the team works directly with tea farmworkers to work toward a brighter future.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ARTISAN
Founded in 2012, JusTea established Kenya’s first small-scale and farmer-owned Artisanal Tea Factory. Today, JusTea continues to support tea farming villages using fair trade principles and offers unique teas to a global market. The organization provides sustainable employment for more than 200 families, allowing them to send their children to school and earn 20 percent more than the industry average. In addition, JusTea offers work opportunities to women; more than 80 percent of the employees are female artisans. JusTea is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, Rainforest Alliance Certified, and Non GMO Project Verified and works with an Herbal Tea Co-op to create better opportunities for women. We are excited to work with JusTea and share these fair trade products with you.