Organic & Fair
Organic & Fair!
What is in our chai mixes was very important to us from the very start. Of course organic, without compromise.
Most of our ingredients grow in India, more precisely in the hills of Kerala. There is the Fair Trade Alliance Kerala, an association of small farmers, which ensures that prices remain fair and supports organic farming. We were there, visited the people and got an insight into their everyday life.
We learned how cardamom grows, what nutmeg trees look like and how pepper is harvested and processed. We interviewed different farmers and also helped to harvest the spices. We were often invited to a fine, home-made lunch and received a very warm welcome everywhere.
A special friendship has developed with farmer Thomas and his wife Tangamae, so we visited them several times in their neat, blue house and were eagerly awaited each time. It was wonderful to see how organically everything grows next to each other, the garden is like a small jungle, full of the finest spices.
The work is hard. Ginger roots are dug out of the earth with the shovel, The cardamom that grows close to the ground is hand picked and Pepper is harvest high up in the tree’s with a ladder. But it is the joy in the people’s eyes, the pride in their work, that impressed us the most.
We will continue to let this joy flow into our chai mixtures and pass it on to you!