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Cultivation and refinement of Indonesian oolong

Tea cultivation is often associated with countries such as China or India, and few think of Indonesia. In fact, Indonesia is still a very young, small and exotic tea-growing region, which has nevertheless made its way into the hearts of the Friends of Tea. Why we love our tea from Indonesia so much and how it is made and produced, we want to tell you more about it today!

Teaplant Camellia Sinensis
Young shoots of the tea plant

Tea cultivation in harmony with nature

Our Indonesian tea is sourced from the Harendong tea garden on Java Island. The Harendong tea garden is particularly important for sustainability and produces its tea in great harmony with nature. The tea garden completely dispenses with pesticides and herbicides and fertilizes the tea bushes only with specially produced natural fertilizers.

At 800 – 1000 meters above sea level, Mount Halumun Salak National Park is home to high-quality top teason mineral soils, which can be found with varieties from Taiwan or China on the left.

The Production – A Fusion of Tea Worlds

The production of the Harendong Tea Garden combines traditional processing techniques from Taiwan and China with a very own pinch of know-how, creating its own taste nuances. For the Indonesian Oolong Tees, Oolong from Taiwan has been taken as an example. During harvesting, the top 4-5 leaves of the tea plant are picked, as they give the finished tea a rounder and softer aroma. The fresh leaves are then placed in a tightly rolled form, so that when poured, a leaf splendour with large and whole tea leaves is revealed!

The two most striking varieties from the Harendong Tea Estate are the Light and the Medium Oolong. The Light Oolong has undergone a shorter oxidation process and its leaves have a wonderful copper-red look with subtle yellowish tones. Tastefully, the Light Oolong is light and floral, with a honey-sweet cup and not a hint of bitterness.

The medium Oolong is a little more oxidized than its light buddy and was slightly toasted after production. The roasting further rounds the taste profile and increases the sweetness and complexity of the drink.

Tea from Java is good for the soul AND the purse.

Tea can be quite expensive. Especially the pointed highland teas from Taiwan can demand almost exorbitant prices. Of course, this is due to the high quality of the Taiwan Oolongs, but partly also because the Taiwanese have created a certain reputation and can also be paid hard for it. In addition, tea is purchased in the East Asian region as a status symbol, which of course has an influence on the price. Those who are rich and powerful in Asia buy highly respected teas and distribute them to business partners and friends to show “Hey, I’ve done it”. This sounds weird at first, but in principle it is nothing more than a status-oriented consumption of champagne and caviar in the West.

The whole thing is all well and good, but we at friends of tea want only one thing: first-class tea. And please at a fair price! That’s why we decided to include the wonderful teas from the Harendong tea garden in Indonesia in our assortment, because they fulfill everything we want in a tea: it is clean and sustainably produced, it tastes great and it we at a fair price which employees are fairly paid. Win-win for everyone!

And now please excuse us, we just put a jug light oolong on. From all the writing about tea you get thirsty! 😉