Organic Tea Bags, The Organic Tea project came from the simple understanding during the last Bike Ride that Australians like ‘flavoured tea’ (For Indians tea is made with water and no milk, with way to much sugar!). We are always in need of ‘occupations’ for seniors who are in between making decisions in life. Just because you have completed 5 years of high school and it included a ‘trade’ – employment is not automatic. It’s the same the world over. There are no unemployment payments or financial support in India from the government.
Organic Tea Bags, One young man Nani studying Food Technology at a Government recognized College gave his weekend time to blend teas and spices. We now have a ‘production group! – Very organized, very attentive to absolute hygiene and in making the 24 tea bags/ 6 flavors and packageing. We are now having ‘repeat orders. Sending 6 to 8 cartons to pack. The feedback has been interesting. Some people say it’s not strong enough.
That’s a bit of a juggle! To taste the spice (cardamom, cove, aniseed, lemon grass) the tea blend has to be light. Our answer is to have a stronger tea with the Bay Leaf. So the Bay Leaf tea is more for is nutrient than flavour.
We will move on to people who ring by phone and ask for example 1 Carton with 12 tea bags of clove and 12 BayLeaf (stronger tea). The profit is not great. However it creates a show of us being more self sufficient. It also acts as a PR – talking point of New Hope Rural Leprosy Trust India and the need to support. mainly through child sponsorship for care and or education.