Introducing 'Promote Sustainability - Get Great Tea' The Eco-Cha Indiegogo Campaign
October 25, 2014
We’re really happy to release this news. We’ve just launched an Indigogo campaign aimed at supporting the traditional, small-scale tea industry in Taiwan.
Mr. Lin went from a self-run local farm to large-scale tea cultivation, and is now returning to his family land to grow organic tea and cure it in his home factory.
The goal of this campaign is to purchase Mr. Lin’s inaugural harvest and make it available exclusively to the backers. We’ll also produce a video documentary on the entire process of setting up this farm, from inspection and certification to harvest and processing.
Please have a look at the video, which explains everything in detail, and has some great shots of tea making!
We went up to film on the first day of spring harvest by our source of Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Oolong Tea. The early morning was sunny, but the fog rolled in early, and we were socked in by noon, diminishing our aspirations for getting lots of scenic drone footage! But this is representative of the daily weather — particularly in this micro-climate of a ravine that faces northeast.
The complex and somewhat addictive (it's very easy to drink copious amounts at one sitting!) character represents an authentic artisanal tea. This cultivar is not easily processed into a tea with this level of refined character. We attribute its quality to the man who unquestionably puts more effort and heart into producing extremely small batches of tea than anyone else we've met — by far!
Batch 66 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is a Fo Shou Oolong Tea produced in Pinglin, Taiwan. The Chinese Fo Shou (佛手) means Buddha Hand. The name refers to the tea plant, or cultivar, which classifies as a large leaf type. This puts it in the category of Assam, and wild strains of tea, along with the Taiwanese hybrid cultivar — Red Jade #18.