What is Plantation-Free?
Love Some Tea is what we term ‘plantation free’ tea. Our tea comes from the forests of Northern Thailand. The tea seeds were brought to Thailand in 1980 as an alternative to farmers growing poppy’s (mostly for heroin). There are two types of tea seeds, Camelia Sinensis (which is used most frequently in worldwide tea production) and Camelia Sinensis Assamica (the seeds that Love Some Tea uses). The Camelia Sinensis seeds have some advantages. They are produced in high quantity, they are lesser quality tea but popular, and are easy to pick by both machine and hand. These seeds however have significant disadvantages too. It leads to deforestation, destroys walking tracks for elephants, causes the need to use fertilizer and pesticides, and has lost some of its natural properties and anti-oxidants. The Camelia Sinensis Assamica seeds are what our Hill tribe Farmers use to make the Love Some Tea products. These seeds have some good advantages. There is no deforestation and animals can live openly and freely. These seeds have high quantities of Tanin (Bioflavonoids) which is a natural defense versus insects which means no pesticides are needed. Since these seeds grow naturally in the forest no fertilizers are necessary. The disadvantages are minimal, larger tea leaves make processing a little more time consuming, and these teas can have a more natural taste (can be a little bitter which we take care of in the flavoring). When LST says, ‘our teas are plantation free’ we mean that because we use the Camelia Sinensis Assamica seeds our teas grow naturally in the forest without pesticides or fertilizers. 85% of the tea harvested in the world is grown on plantations with the Camelia Sinensis seeds which deforest natural areas, destroy animal habitats, and are not sustainable. Love Some Tea has chosen to work with Thai Hill Tribe Farmers using Cameila Sinensis Assamica seeds because we want to sell and promote natural teas with amazing flavors that don’t use pesticides or fertilizers and do not harm local animals or their natural habitats.