Earl Grey tea for elephants
Diverted from their traditional migration route through the Terai-Dooars belt by a 17 km long fence along the border at the Mechi river - an increasing number of elephants are finding their way onto farmland & Sonia Jabbar's tea estate.
The threat of human-elephant conflict is very real but on the 1200 acre Nuxalbari tea estate they receive a warm welcome. This is no ordinary tea estate- in a black tea market beset with high yield low value teas Sonia is focused on quality, honouring the soil, tea bushes, trees and community (a community that includes elephants).
Sonia explains ‘The elephants know how to move in between rows of tea. Had it not been so, my estate wouldn't have survived’ With so little forest cover left in the area this approach is critical to their future.
By buying the tea, your support contributes to the education of guards, workers and community, ambitious re-wilding projects, the provision of nature clubs for children and pilot crop insurance projects.
Selected by Fine Tea Merchants Rob & Michelle Comins. Tea with a purpose collective supports growers who are working towards a more positive future for tea.
Made in Darjeeling, West Bengal
Packaging dimensions: 12 x 21 x 2 cm
Weight: 50 g