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It’s good to know where the stuff you buy comes from. At Rakkasan, we want you to know our growers aren’t nameless, faceless people working anonymously in distant lands. So today we want you to meet Belaynesh Berhe. She lives with her family not far from Butajira in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley.A member of GreenPath Food’s first farmer cohort in 2015 (our partner), Belaynesh, her husband Aboneh Bargicho and their three children work on just over a quarter of an acre of land. While the field is small, mixed and seemingly chaotic, at a closer glance, their farm is a lush...

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When most Americans think of Rwanda, they don't think of premium loose-leaf tea. But our Rwandan estate produces some of the best hidden gems of the tea world – and cares for its employees in the process. Rakkasan's Rwandan tea comes from Sorwathe, 45 miles north of Kigali. Sorwathe is no ordinary estate. Not only is its organically grown tea delicious, but the farm leads in ethical, sustainable practices. When working mothers on the estate struggled to find adequate care for their young children, Sorwathe partnered with UNICEF. The organizations created a program which increases early childhood care and pre-primary...

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Father’s Day is coming up on June 16 and our unique teas can make it a memorable one. Check out our most popular gift ideas below. And be sure to order by Sunday, June 9, to ensure on-time delivery!Tea of the Month SubscriptionFrom $89 (shipping included)With a prepaid Black, Green or Herbal Tea of the Month Subscription, he’ll receive a new tea each month for five or six months (depending on the subscription). It’s a great way to explore premium teas from Nepal, Rwanda, Vietnam, Laos, Sri Lanka, Colombia and Ethiopia. And shipping is included!Buy a Tea of the Month...

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It’s getting warmer, so that means it’s time to stock up on teas for cold brewing.We have three from Nepal that are perfect: White Sunrise, a white tea, Himalayan Black Dragon, an oolong, and Himalayan Golden Tips – made of black tea buds.All three make terrific refreshments when chilled.So how do you cold brew a tea? Easy. Watch this short video as CEO Brandon Friedman demonstrates!Himalayan Black Dragon, White Sunrise and Himalayan Golden Tips are grown on small farms in the mountains of eastern Nepal, not far from Darjeeling. They’re great hot, but the slow infusion in cold water really...

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We're asked all the time how tea is made. Since we’re not farmers ourselves, we like to brush up on tea-making expertise as often as we can. Having a hands-on experience helps us better educate our customers on the different types of teas, how it’s made and why it costs what it does.It's isn't always easy to travel to a post-conflict country, so we took a road trip.We spent time this week with Jason McDonald and Timothy Gipson, owners of the only commercially viable tea estate in the U.S. – The Great Mississippi Tea Company. We learned a lot over...

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