That is why we get tea directly from harvest, not tea that has sat with blenders or in storage for 6 to 12 months like mainstream or brokered tea brands. The benefit is that our tea is the freshest you will find, and fresher tastes so, so much better. You will know this is true when you taste one of our teas. We dedicate ourselves to using that fresh tea in creating incredible blends that bring a full roundness and depth of flavour. And because we are truly organic, these fresh, delicious teas are free from chemicals so there will be no pesticides in your daily cup or pot of tea.
Only a few decades ago, “going organic” didn’t require deep pockets or bare feet. Crops were cultivated on a smaller scale, and conscious, sustainable farming was nothing extraordinary. These practices fell by the wayside, as corporations simultaneously increased output and cut corners to minimise production time and labour costs. In came the pesticides out went the love. Our status as a USDA Certified Organic Processor charges us to treat our plantations as a living, breathing organism (ecosystem). The rigorous certification process demands dedication to the preservation of natural resources and biodiversity. Rather than synthetic, chemical pesticides, we opt to have birds and insects keep our plants healthy, and, as our highly-skilled, local workers get up close and personal to pick each leaf by hand, they prefer this too. While strict, the constraints of our certification, which include working only with other USDA-certified farms, lay the groundwork for a renaissance of sustainable farming practices globally, thus protecting and preserving our planet for tea drinkers of posterity.
In 1968, a group of progressive, like-minded people from around the globe came together in near Pondicherry, India to create a “universal township.” They established Auroville as a place where “all people could live in peace, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities.” They erected infrastructure, including schools, homes and a giant gold meditation chamber, established a charter and developed an economy. Auroville’s vision speaks to progressive harmony, supreme truth, human unity, divine consciousness. All nice things to contemplate over a steaming cup of chai. The town’s reputation is that of one of the most, if not the most, eco-conscious communities in India, and it is where our story begins.
Aurganics is an Auroville-based business with a passion for quality sustainable and fair trade organic agriculture. Sixteen years ago, Aurganics began to work on tea plantations in Darjeeling and Assam, consulting with them on their transition to solely organic farming practices. From this time spent on the plantations grew an enduring love for tea. When Organic Tea Project joined forces with Aurganics, what began as a personal passion soon transitioned into a small business with the aim of providing our community with good quality great tasting organic teas.
Three of our founding members grew up together in Auroville, where, as children, they were instilled with respect for eco-conscious living. One went on to consult for tea plantations seeking to convert their farming practices to comply with organic guidelines. A fourth member lived his childhood on tea plantations across Sri Lanka, Kenya, South Africa and Indonesia, where his father worked as the master blender for a leading international tea brand. Joined later by a friend passionate about beverages and communication, together they saw the opportunity to introduce premium tea culture and a quality organic tea to a wider community.