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Today’s Tea & Peace Reflection
provided by Chee Hee Seng
Creating Visions of Peace
Today’s contributor, Chee Hee Seng, has organized a Tea Club at his school and shares how it makes a difference in the lives of the students, a difference in their relationships with teachers, families and in the community.
Wild Tree Teas of Thailand
As Kenneth Rimdahl, founder of Monsoon Tea, explains in this video, tea grew wild in this region of the world and was an important food source and medicinal herb to the natives of Northern Thailand. The wild trees are the focus of his company and the cultural history an inspiration for his work in promoting Thai-grown teas. Both the naturalized, large leaf Camellia sinensis assamica and the small leaf Camellia sinensis sinensis that has to be cultivated and nurtured in the garden setting.
“Characterized by a deep and naturally malty flavour, its rich taste stems from growing in harmony with diverse native plants and herbs in its natural habitat. Unlike conventional plantation tea, Monsoon tea is grown in forests. This non-invasive cultivation method prevents deforestation and is one of the most sustainable ways of planting tea. This method is unique to northern Thailand and has been practiced for generations. By maintaining the way Thai tea farmers have been planting and harvesting tea, Monsoon Tea is preserving age-old growing traditions. We let the tea thrive naturally with minimal human involvement. It is organically grown and free from herbicides and pesticides.”
Monsoon Tea Plantation
Free-grown tea often has its origin in old Miang plantations. Miang refers to fermented leaves of the camellia sinensis assamica plant and is a traditional food among northern Thai farmers.
101 Tea Plantation
The Tsai family have been harvesting tea in Taiwan for over three generations (Since 1901). Mr. Tsai was introduced to the traditional methods of tea drinking and brewing by his grandfather during his childhood. Mr. Tsai thanks his grandfather for teaching him the virtues of patience and dedication which have allowed him to harvest superior quality tea. Mastering this growing awareness of tea has allowed the Tsai family to bring premier High Mountain Oolong, Green Tea and Eastern Beauty Teas, Organic and Bio-diverse Ancient Forest Teas and Pu-erh Tea to the American markets.
Mr. Tsai established the 101 Tea Plantation name. 101 is pronounced “Yi Ling Yi” in chinese, which means “the best” in the local Minan dialect of Taiwan. The name was chosen well before the famous skyscaper of the same name was built in Taipei.
We also built a relationship with tribes in the Yunnan’s Lan Cang River Valley, becoming joint stewards of the oldest largest tea plantation of its kind, dating back 1,700 years. The tea groves of JingMai and ManJing Mountain are 100% pure organic and bio-diverse.
101 Tea Plantations are also involved in the King of Thailand’s Royal movement to change the golden triangle opium trade by substituting tea crops in their place, giving the local communities a more stable and safe means of living. The Queen of Thailand herself came to visit and honor the work of tea plantations such as 101 in the Mae Salong area of Northern Thailand. It is here we grow Taiwanese high mountain wu-long strains, in this fresh and natural landscape.