Teatulia Teas all come from our own single 2,000-acre tea garden in the North of Bangladesh. The Garden itself was established in 2000 to provide jobs for the people in the Tetulia region (where we get our name) – one of the poorest parts of one of the poorest countries in the world.
We used totally natural and organic farming methods that have restored the ecosystem in the entire region, bringing back plant & animal species as well as water bodies that had all but disappeared. We now have one of the largest USDA-certified-organic gardens in the world and the only farm of any type that has USDA certification in Bangladesh.
The cornerstone of our social program is our cattle cooperative. In order to have enough organic fertilizer for our 2,000-acre organic garden, we need a lot of cows. Instead of creating a cattle farm, we decided to give loans of cows to women in the community who in turn tend the cows while getting access to fresh milk and get to keep any offspring for themselves. Once they’ve paid off the loan however – which usually takes 2 years – they own the cows outright. There are women who are on their 4th or 5th cows, some are buying land, solar panels for their modest homes, and many are sending their children to University.
And then the tea. Teatulia teas & herbs are from a new growing region and grown using totally natural, pure inputs, so they taste different from any tea you’ve had. Our teas are full-bodied but the finish is sweet and smooth. No bitterness.
This tea was unlike any other tea that we have ever had before. We tried it over ice, as recommended. It has a spicier flavor than we are used to but was quite good when sweetened with raw honey and organic cow's milk. We did have to ensure that the honey was very well mixed with this particular variety.