New Assam Chai
A blend of second flush Assam tea from Pallab Nath who grows and processes his own leaf, and spices (dried ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and clove) grown and harvested by hand by small farmers at the Sahyadri Co-Operative in Kerala.
We blend the teas and spices ourselves to create a warming, aromatic tea that is just as good taken black as with milk. Even better, stew the tea over a low heat in milk and sweeten with sugar or honey to make a rich, comforting chai drink.
New Assam Batch #2 Pallab Nath, Sonitpur, Assam, India
Cinnamon, Ginger, Clove, Green Cardamom Sahyadri Spice Co-Op, Peermade, Kerala, India
SIZE OF FARMS
3 acres (average)
PLANTS AND PROCESSING
Blend of Camellia Sinensis Assamica, Elettaria cardamomum, Zingiber officinale, Syzygium aromaticum, Cinnamomum verum. Harvested Summer 2016.
95°C, 3-4g per cup, with or without milk. 2 infusions. Alternatively stew in milk at 50°C until the tea and spices infuse the milk.
Pallabjyoti Nath wanted to stay in his home village where he had grown up and married so together with his brother Pranabjyoti they decided to start a small farm that included tea with other plants like oranges, rubber as well as a variety of vegetables. Processing their teas by hand, they have started to make delicious orthodox teas in Sonitpur an area renowned for large tea estates which have seen dramatic and very violent clashes between the owners and the low paid workers. The Naths and other small local tea farmers want to work together to create a community of small tea farmer who can maximize their earning by producing tea rather than accepting the unacceptably low prices offered by bought leaf factories.
The photographs below were taken by Pallabjyoti Nath on his visits to the Upper Assam small growers.