Today we want to introduce you to the Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden, one of our first suppliers. Located in beautiful Nepal, the tea garden produces high-quality teas in an extremely modern and sustainable way. About an exceptional tea garden in the Himalayas.


Jun Chiyabari and the beginnings of Friends of Tea

When the Friends of Tea were founded, we started very small. We had to find tea gardens that were willing to send us only small amounts of tea. One of these tea gardens is Jun Chiyabari. Only 4 kg was our first order large, a quantity that is laughable for most producers. But the tea garden and the two brothers Lochan and Bachan, who founded the garden, believed in us and our vision of a sustainable tea world. The two brothers are not originally from agriculture, but their love of tea led them to acquire a piece of land and devote themselves to their passion. The tea garden places a particularly high emphasis on sustainability.

Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden
Nepalese workers sorting by hand

Location of the tea garden

The tea garden is located in the east of Nepal in the mountains of the village of Dhankuta. The garden is located at an altitude of 1700 to 2100 meters and is divided into 5 fields with a total of 96 hectares of land. The area is located about 55 km west of the Nepalese ilam region and only 65 km west of the famous Darjeeling region. The climate is almost identical to the popular Darjeeling region. The altitude is another quality indicator. Here, the tea plants are largely shielded from environmental influences. In addition, there is less oxygen in the air at altitude, which results in slower plant growth, making the aroma in the finished tea more complex and unusual.

This is what makes the Jun Chiyabari tea garden so special

There are many good tea gardens in the Himalayan region. But there are few tea producers as unique and special as the Jun Chiyabari tea garden. Here’s why:

High focus on sustainability

The Jun Chiyabari tea garden is inspired by the teachings of Japanese microbiologist and farmer Masanobu Fukuoka. The Japanese, who describes his cultivation methods as “non-tun agriculture”, stands for a nature-oriented agriculture, which aims to minimize human interference with nature. With the combination of certain plants, natural cycles can be copied and nature retains itself almost as if by itself.

State-of-the-art production technology

RollingTea Jun Chyiabari
Modern rolling machine from Taiwan

In neighbouring Darjeeling, many producers still rely on decades-old production machines. Some of these date back to the British occupation. Admittedly, these machines still work perfectly and it is possible to make great tea with them, but there is no trace of innovation. The tea garden, which was founded from the ground up, therefore invested early in high-quality machines from Taiwan. With these production machines, Jun Chiyabari is able to produce tried-and-tested teas as well as innovative and new teas. Teas like our Imperial Black are an extraordinarily unusual tea for the Himalayan region. With the knowledge and know-how of tea masters from Taiwan, Japan and India, this wonderful, large-leaved and aromatic black tea was created.

Innovative action

In addition to the novel technology, the people of Jun Chiyabari also strive to acquire new knowledge, create innovative varieties and give Nepal a bit more importance in the tea world. While the neighbours in Darjeeling always make the same types of tea, Jun Chiyabari is ready to experiment and tinker with new teas.

 

Teena-building Nepal – from underdog to superstar

For a long time, Nepal was of little importance to the tea trade. the few farms that produced tea leaves brought them to India, where they received little gel for the material produced. During transport, the fresh tea leaves were often damaged, which severely affected the quality. The tea, which originated in Nepal, was mostly of poor quality and received little attention.

 

Jun Chiybari Tea Garden Tea
Pickers at Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden

For a long time, Nepal was of little importance to the tea trade. the few farms that produced tea leaves brought them to India, where they received little gel for the material produced. During transport, the fresh tea leaves were often damaged, causing the quality to suffer greatly. The tea, which originated in Nepal, was mostly of poor quality and received little attention.

In Nepal, there was simply a lack of the necessary infrastructure and knowledge of the right processing. Many producers in Nepal thoughtlessly poured chemicals on their fields, causing massive damage to their environment.

All this changed when the German Ministry of Development Aid, in conjunction with several companies, promoted tea growing in Nepal. The tea gardens were encouraged to work on how organic farming can work, production facilities were built and infrastructure was strengthened. Nepal is ideal as a location for tea growing. The climate is almost identical to that in the famous Darjeeling.

This opened up a new, stable and profitable source of income for farmers. But the Location Nepal also had an advantage for the tea trade. Tea prices in neighbouring Darjeeling continued to rise. In some cases, Darjeeling tea requires immense sums, simply because the tea has a certain reputation. The tea from Nepal, on the other hand, was much cheaper, while the quality was getting better and better.

The foundation of Jun Chiyabari

Unlike many other tea gardens in Nepal, Jun Chiyabari was founded not by incentives from the outside, but by pure self-motivation. In August 2001, the Nepalese brothers Lochan and Bachan bought the first piece of land in the region in eastern Nepal. The two brewers were driven by their love of tea and the will to start something innovative and new. From the ground up, nothing has been turned into a 96-hectare tea garden. From the selection of the right tea plants to the procurement of production machines and employees, everything had to be done from scratch. Respect for nature, people and the community has always been paramount in all steps.

Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden Tea

Jun Chiyabari Imperial Black Black Tea
Cast-in Imperial Black Black Tea

The Jun Chiyabari tea garden produces a variety of different teas. Mainly black tea is produced here, but high-quality special pickings of special green, white or oolong teas are also produced. Here is a selection of the teas of the Jun Chiyabari tea garden:

Black tea

Green

Oolong Tea

White tea

Himalayan SpringHimalayan EvergreenHiamlayan JadeHimalayan White
Himalayan OrangeHiamalyan PineHiamalayan BouquetHimalayan Tips
Himalayan Royale Handcrafted TipsHimalayan ShiibaHiamalayan Mist
Himalayan Imperial BlackHimalayan Green SouchongHimalayan Moondrops
Himalayan Royale RubyHimalayan Shilla
Golden Himalayan Royale Handcrafted Tips

Harvest times for Nepal tea

There are six different harvest periods for tea in Nepal, which are based on the different seasons. The harvest periods are as follows:

  • Early spring: March
  • Spring: April to early May
  • Early summer: June to mid-July
  • Summer: Mid-July to September
  • Autumn: October & November
  • Winter: December

The highest quality teas come from the spring harvest, when the plants put all their energy into the new leaf shoots after the hibernation. That’s why the teas of spring picking are also most in demand and most expensive. But also the summer harvest, also called Second Flush, can score with high quality. The Second Flush is usually more spicy and powerful than the fresh and bright First Flush.

The autumn harvest, also called Autumnals, also has good quality at low prices. The winter and intermediate pickings are mostly of low quality.

 

Fancy Nepal tea? With us you will find him!

In our online shop you will find high-quality black tea from the Jun Chiyabari tea garden! Our intense and complex Imperial Black and our spicy fresh Hand Rolled Himalayan Tips make tea hearts beat faster. We look forward to your visit in our online shop!

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