Mr. and Mrs. Borah
In the small town of Naharkatia, on the upper bank of the Brahmaputra river valley in Assam, is a small 0.8 hectare farm. There, nestled between the wilderness of Arunachal Pradesh and the mountains of Burma, live two tea farmers: Mr. and Mrs. Borah.
The garden size is around 0.8 hectares and was converted to 100% organic in 2005. Mr. Borah is in charge of processing the tea, whereas Mrs. Borah supervises the tea pluckers. Sometimes, she helps with the rolling and shaping of the leaves, working alongside youngsters to teach them her fail-safe pressing methods.
Both Mrs. and Mr. Borah have completed their Bachelor Degrees from Dibrugarh University, Assam, and now their young son is in school. Their sustainable tea farm has been running for the past 26 years, and now, it is one of the best in the country.
We use their delicious Prithivi black tea in our Masala Chai, Vegan Masala Chai, and Welsh Cake blends, as the flavour is rich, deep, and a perfect base to enhance the spice flavours. This tea is one of the first orthodox teas that the Borahs started processing, and since then, they have developed and improvised their skills in crafting speciality teas. Mr Borah is a self-taught tea master and is also known in the region for motivating youngsters to engage in organic tea farming and processing.
Along with tea, they also cultivate local leafy greens and seasonal vegetables for their daily consumption.
The state of Assam celebrates its local tea festival! This is an incredible time of year where people get together to explore local gardens and understand their tea processes, enjoy cultural performances, and indulge in the incredible Assam cuisine.
The monsoons came extra hard this year, with above average rainfall. This is resulting in a very difficult time for our farmers, but they are slowly fighting through it.
The new batch of Prithivi Classic Black is ready!!
Harvesting season begins! Due to less winter rainfall than usual, the growth of pruned tea bushes has been much slower, so harvesting and processing has been delayed more than usual.
They have been conducting new experiments on one black tea, two green teas, and one oolong tea, to see if they can change any appearances, rolling techniques, or flavour profiles for the better.