Nepali Golden Black

From: $6.50

An incredibly rich, velvet smooth organic black tea made by Nepal’s first co-operatively owned factory. Full bodied, well rounded, and with a natural sweetness similar to burnt honey, this tea is made in the autumn months as the tea plants wrap up their year’s growth. The term “golden” refers to the high bud count, which is a testament to the strict quality control that the co-operative has introduced into its practices. The dense bud count gives the tea its unique sweetness, which carries an aroma like layered chocolate.

Infusion Suggestions:
210F for 4 minutes

1oz makes 10-15 cups when leaves are infused once

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The co-operative is named “Tinjure” which is Nepali for “three hills.” Local villagers from the three hills banded together to first form a growing co-operative, selling their harvested green leaf to a nearby factory. Then in 2013, they raised the money on their own to setup their own factory, allowing them to have a finished tea they could market internationally. This is a significant development for the tea industry, as having local farmer’s owning the finished tea dramatically alters the supply chain. Traditionally, farmers could, at best, sell the harvested tea leaf; now they have a finished good at hand.

We literally stumbled into their work — during our first Nepal visit in 2016, we stayed at a random hotel in the town of Ilam, which we chose mainly because it was the only one open with clean beds. The next morning, we woke to find we were directly across from a sign that said “Nepal’s First Tea Cooperative.” Excited to learn more, we went across the street and met them. From there, they took us to their factory, which involved a two hour hike down an unpaved trail, surrounded by the towering Himalayas.





Teenjure Co-operative


Raj being welcomed into the co-operative by an incredibly hospitable 85 year old

The President of the Board proudly showing Teenjure's range of teas

Several Board Members gathering to share the history of how they made Teenjure into Nepal's first co-operatively owned factory