Plantation-Free. . .  So what? 

Love Some Tea is what we term “plantation free” tea. Our tea is grown in the forests of Northern Thailand instead of on cultivated plantations. There are two types of tea seeds: Camelia Sinensis (which is used most frequently in worldwide tea production) and Camelia Sinensis Assamica (the seeds that we at Love Some Tea use). Our tea seeds were brought to Thailand in 1980 as an alternative for farmers who grew poppies, which was mostly used for making heroine.

Love Some Tea uses the more elusive Camelia Sinensis Assamica, instead of the more widespread Camelia Sinensis. By doing this, we provide a higher quality and naturally flavored tea, and promote the natural teas that are grown without harsh pesticides or fertilizers and methods of farming. This safeguards the local wildlife, their natural habitats as well as supports the way of life of the Hill Tribe people in Northern Thailand. You’re not only getting a better tea, we’re supporting a better way to grow it.

So, what is “plantation free” farming?

Plantation free farming means that the Camelia Sinensis Assamica seeds are grown naturally in forests without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. We feel that supporting the plantation free method of farming, we’re supporting a special culture’s way of life and encouraging a more environmentally responsible method of growing tea. Eighty-five percent of the world’s tea is grown on plantations where natural areas are deforested and destroy the habitats of the wildlife. We work differently. We feel that plantation free farming is a better way. Better farming makes better tea for us and for you.

What’s the difference between the two types of seeds?

Most tea grown use Camelia Sinensis seeds. The advantages of using these seeds is that they can be produced in high quantities, can be easily harvested by hand or machine, making the work easier on farmers. However, this process can lead to deforestation, can destroy elephants’ walking grounds, and most often demands a need for artificial fertilizers and harsh pesticides. The tea also loses its natural properties and anti-oxidants – which we want to keep!

The Camelia Sinensis Assamica is used by the Hill Tribe Farmers. The leaves are bigger, which makes processing more time consuming for the farmers, but they think it’s worth it. These teas have a higher concentration of Bioflavonoids, like Tanin, which help the plants fight off pests themselves alleviating the need for the harsh artificial versions. Finally, these teas are grown naturally in forests which prevents deforestation. So, the elephants can live freely without their homes being ruined.

Happy environment = happy tea.

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