How would you describe Teatulia Teas?

At Teatulia…

We keep it simple.

We are purists.

We have 7 teas.

All 7 Teatulia Teas are organic whole leaf.

If you like your tea in a bag, you can get those whole leaves in lovely biodegradable silken pyramid teabags.  Or if you relish the loose leaf experience, all of our teas come loose too.

Now, about those 7.

 

Teatulia Black Linda’s Favorite! 

Dry leaves:  Small leaves with golden tips throughout. Faint apricot aroma. 

Aroma:  Unbelievably fresh

Color:  Golden with a reddish hue

Flavor:  Bright, full body. Sweet, rich, absolutely refreshing.  Slight nuttiness, slight smokiness. Tongue-coating, incorporating all of your taste buds with no bitterness.  Perfectly balanced.  Retains its identity with the addition of milk and sugar. Perfect any time at all.

 

Teatulia Green

Dry leaves:  Broken green leaves

Aroma:  Wood and perhaps some green bell pepper. Fresh, clean & grassy like fresh clean hay.

Color:  Green-gold with a pink hue

Flavor:  Medium body with a grassy, fresh, slightly vegetal flavor. Slightly astringent finish with a refreshing cooling quality.  Perfect any time of day for green tea lovers.

 

Teatulia White

Dry leaves:  Gorgeous half-inch needles with delicate soft white fuzz

Aroma:  Rich and subtle

Color:  Golden  

Flavor:  Delicately rich with a hint of peach. Excellent choice for starting off a hot summer day or relaxing in the early evening. Also a perfect choice for those new to tea – the sweet, subtle flavor is a lovely introduction to the world of tea.

 

Bengal Breakfast

Dry leaves:  Large, mighty leaves that nearly burst out of the silken sachet when steeped

Aroma:  Nutty and buttery

Color:  Light golden brown

Flavor:  Smooth, medium body, with a mellow finish. Highly drinkable with a slight sweetness at the finish. A very familiar tea that can be easily enjoyed in large quantities.

 

Earl of Bengal

Dry Leaves:  Medium, even leaves enhanced by the fragrance of the finest organic oil of bergamot

Aroma:  Mild citrus

Color:  Golden-red

Flavor:  While inspired by Earl Grey, Earl of Bengal has a delightful lightness and freshness to it. The bergamot citrus hits gently on the center of the palate and seamlessly melds into a satisfying maltiness.  The hot tea makes a lovely comfort drink with or without milk or serve it over ice for a delightful summer beverage.

 

Tulsi Infusion  Anis’ Favorite!

 

Dry leaves:  Small leaves interspersed with leaf from the amazing Tulsi plant.

Aroma:  Intensely rich & spicy

Color:  Red

Flavor:  Unlike anything you’ve ever tasted, Tulsi infusion has a rich, full-bodied spiciness and sweetness to it.  Delicious hot or cold. Nice with milk. Excellent with meals – should be enjoyed similar to a Chai.

 

Neem Nectar Brianne’s Favorite!

Dry leaves:  Medium-sized leaves mixed with bright green broken Neem leaf.

Aroma:  Full nose with a tartness at the finish

Color:  Golden 

Flavor:  Totally unique. Bright, full-bodied with a delightful crispness.  Cleansing on the palate. Goes very well with savory food.  Exquisite on ice.

Tetulia – More Than Organic

By definition, to be certified USDA Organic, you must adhere to the following:

Avoidance of most synthetic chemical inputs (e.g. fertilizer, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives, etc), genetically modified organisms, irradiation, and the use of sewage sludge. At Tetulia, we go far beyond Organic: We follow the Masanobu Fukuoka “Do Nothing” farming method. The Fukuoka Method ensures that the land is empowered to constantly enrich itself – relying on rain water alone for irrigation, organically-grown native trees and ground cover for shade, organically-grown herbs and plant extracts for pest control, organic fertilizer from organically-raised cattle and virtually no tilling, weeding, etc.

Farmland must be free of residual chemicals, often for three or more years. Before planting our first Camellia Sinensis in the year 2000, the land had lain fallow. As you can see, now it is rich with organic tea, fruits and vegetables, and other plants, foods, and herbs to sustain our garden and people.
Before Tetulia: Virgin soil After Tetulia: Lush Tea Fields

Detailed production and sales records. Our records are so precise that we are able to trace back to the person who picked the tea that you enjoy at home. By recording all schedules and activities, this allows us to further develop our cooperative and reach out to our employees and surrounding villages.

Strict physical separation of organic products from non-certified products. From planting the Camellia Sinensis to developing our packaging, we never sacrifice the delicate organic nature of our tea. We strive to be “More than organic” so that you may enjoy the benefits of our work, and also contribute to sustaining our precious environment.

The Tetulia Cooperative – Bringing life to the land and people

When the first camellia sinensis was planted in the Tetulia garden in 2000, the goal wasn’t necessarily to produce an amazing premium tea. The goal was to employ the largest number of people in a healthy, progressive and environmentally-friendly enterprise. It just so happens that Tetulia accomplished this, while cultivating a world-class organic tea!

One of the programs that sets Tetulia apart from other Tea Gardens – or most other business for that matter - is their innovate Cooperative (Co-op). The Co-op gives the employees and people living in surrounding villages the opportunity to become educated in organic farming, provide nourishment for their family, and generate income, all without monetary loans.  Dr. Kazi Anis Ahmed, CEO of Tetulia, explains the Tetulia Cooperative:

“From its inception, Tetulia has been eager to engage with the community in a mutually beneficial manner. This is why Tetulia started a Cooperative that is open both to its workers, and to neighbors in surrounding villages. Tetulia’s Cooperative began with an innovative method focused on dairy. Co-op members receive a milking cow, for which they pay back not in cash, but with milk and cow dung.  Members pay only one liter of milk per day, keeping the rest for their children and the calves. The pay 10 to 20 kgs of cow dungs per day, keeping a measure for their own use. This easy “barter” form of payback takes off the pressure of cash payments, making the co-op a practical alternative even to the micro-credit operations for which Bangladesh is now famous. Most members manage to pay off their cow within two to three years.  Best of all, they keep any calves that the cow bears, doubling or trebling their cattle wealth!

After a nascent experimental period, Tetulia has stepped up its Co-op efforts in the last two years, and members now exceed one thousand in number. Tetulia expects this number to cross quadruple within the next two to three years, if not sooner.

Tetulia is now also bringing other areas of work, like growing tea, within the ambit of the Co-op. In places like Satmera, Co-op members have come together to start a one-room school built from bamboo donated by the community. When I go the garden, visiting that school and hearing the children sing, or watch them play on the sea-saw or the swing – also made of bamboo – by the little river where they are located is one of the greatest pleasures.” – Dr. Kazi Anis Ahmed, CEO

Tetulia – Using the Masanobu Fukuoka Natural Farming Method

Now that I have gotten somewhat past the initial shock of these majestic surroundings, let me introduce you to a whole new shock – the incredible natural farming methods used in this tea garden. First let me start by saying that natural farming doesn’t always mean organic, and vice versa. In this case, Tetulia is USDA certified organic, but also employs the natural farming methods of Masanobu Fukuoka.

Masanobu Fukuoka is a trained microbiologist from Japan. After a short while specializing in plant pathology, he soon returned to his family farm to explore the methods of organic, natural farming. The Masanobu Farming method does not require tilling or plowing – natural groundcover is utilized, no chemicals or pesticides are used, weeds are considered part of the ecosystem, and natural, organic trees are used for shade. Not only are all of these wonderful plants used, but insects, animals, and weather all play a part.

Tetulia is the first and possibly only tea garden to use the Fukuoka farming methods. We pride ourselves on bringing you a premium, fresh, clean tasting tea, but we also pride ourselves on nurturing the land and natural resources that allow us to bring you such a fine tea.

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops,
but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” – Masanobu Fukuoka

Tetulia Teas Granted USDA NOP Organic Certified First Ever Bangladeshi Organic Tea

Official Media AdvisoryUSDA Certified Organic

Tetulia, premium hand-picked organic teas from Bangladesh, announces USDA NOP Organic Certification. On February 28, 2008, the garden where Tetulia teas come from – Kazi & Kazi Tea Estate Ltd (KKTE) – made history by becoming the first, and only, tea garden in Bangladesh to be certified organic.

In 2000, KKTE broke the barrier by establishing a tea garden on land that previously lain fallow using innovative organic and nature-friendly farming methods. The garden uses only natural pest and weed controls, employs only renewable resources and maintains the soil’s fertility. These practices demonstrate the garden’s commitment to protecting both human health and wildlife.

Tetulia teas are exceptional, with the finest taste and liquor. Tetulia boasts eight varieties, ranging from Blacks to Greens to Whites and Ayurvedic blends; available in biodegradable silken pyramid bags and loose leaf. Grown in an exquisite part of the world, the teas taste fresh, clean and smooth, characterized by a full body and light finish.

Tetulia will be launching in the United States at the 2008 World Tea Expo on May 30 and previewing at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim. The premium organic teas will be available through an online store, natural food stores, and premium tea shops.