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Tea Biz News and Insight - November 11, 2022

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HEAR THE HEADLINES – Funding Initiatives at the UN Climate Summit are Vital to Tea as prevention gives way to funding repairs | Bangladesh Production Rebounds After Strike | New Tea Tourism Handbook Elevates Immersive Travel 

| NEWSMAKER – Michael D. Ham, co-founder and company president of Wild Orchard

| FEATURE INTRO – This week, Tea Biz explores the exotic Jeju Island off the coast of South Korea, where Wild Orchard Regenerative Tea is grown. Michael D. Ham, co-founder and president of the company, describes in detail the cultivation and multiple washings during the processing of these award-winning teas. He said the result is a clean, authentic taste as nature intended.

Regenerative Tea – Jeju Island lies 130 kilometers off the southern coast of South Korea in the Korea Strait. Dormant for the past 5,000 years, Hallasan Mountain is a 1,950-meter volcanic wonderland of craters, cinder cones, and giant lava tubes that dominates the densely foliated island. Popular with tourists for its national park and scenic beaches, the island is also known for its tea.

Wild Orchard sources all its tea from a 1000-acre garden planted in 1999. The nutrient-dense soil, gentle mists, and abundant wildlife led growers to plant tea seeds on hillsides that were not terraced or cleared of native plants. Irrigation is solely by rainfall. There are no fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides applied and the soil is never tilled. The farm was certified organic in 2007, and the Wild Orchard brand was established in 2019. In May of this year, the brand became the world’s first Regenerative Organic Certified tea. It was selected by Noma, the World’s Best Restaurant, to be served on their NYC menu and will soon be available for sale at the Rare Tea Counter at Fortnum & Mason tea shop in London.

The Tea Biz Podcast delivers tea news that you need to know, a recap of the week's major headlines with commentary and cultural trends. Hosted by Dan Bolton, it is the voice of origin for tea professionals and enthusiasts worldwide. Tea nourishes and inspires. It is the most ancient of plant based medicines, simultaneously energizing the body as it soothes the mind. Making tea is an art and craft and is described on the Tea Biz Portal. Intimately local, the two hundred billion tea trade exerts global influence, employing millions to enhance the well being of all. Hello, everyone here. This week's headlines. Funding initiatives at the UN Climate Summit are vital to tea as prevention gives way to ding repairs. Bangladesh production rebounds after this summer strike, and a t tourism handbook elevates immersive travel plus explore with US Exotic Jiju island off the coast of South Korea, where wild orchard regenerative tea is grown. Michael d Ham, co founder and company president, describes in detail the bio diverse cultivation and multiple washing of leaves while processing these award winning teas. More in a minute, but first this important message what makes a perfect cup of Ceylon tea? The perfect cup is from the tea businesses that ensure the protection of all the children living within their tea estates. We salute Kailani Valley, Tellwakily Boga, wanthal Awa Harana and Elliptia te Estates support Save the Children Sri Lanka. Globally, the tea industry contributes to climate change and its stakeholders are climate change victims. Money is initially committed to prevention must now also fund repairs tea growers or stewards of vast tracts of land. Worldwide, there are three point nine four million hectares almost ten million acres under tea, nine million of the thirteen million people employed in the global tea industry or smallholder farmers producing six of the world's tea. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United States, tea is cultivated in many of the twenty seven development countries that were the focus of discussion by world leaders at the CUP seventh summit in Egypt this week. It is now apparent that resources must be allocated to respond to climate change crises. In China's record heat wave designated tea farms, while Pakistanis and a Som growers were forced to tread water. Quote. We cannot ignore the race to resilience in our race to zero end quote, says Dr Mohammed Mahilan, a u N Climate Change High Level Champion for Egypt. Developing countries will need one trillion a year and external financing by to cut emissions, boost resilience, restore land, and repair damage caused by increasingly destructive climate events. According to a report released by COP twenty seven organizers. The report was jointly financed by hosts Egypt and the United Kingdom. Developing countries faced two point four trillion in costs, a sum beyond...

...government budgets that will require investment by the private sector. Both foreign and domestic governments should double to sixty billion moneis available for low interest loans available, disbursements from development banks should be tripled and loans made available at favorable rates. According to Verisungwi, one of several authors of the report, she writes that quote countries must have access to affordable, sustainable, low costs financing from the multilateral Development banks to help crowd investments from the private sector and philanthropy end quote currently a third that's seven two of the world's largest companies have publicly committed to net zero operations. In addition, five hundred and fifty banks and investment companies have allowing their portfolios with net zero targets, but virtually all are narrowly focused on meeting mitigation targets. Jennifer Moss, CEO of the Nature Conservancy, explains in the World Economic Forum article that quote A lot of countries are unable to adapt because of increased dead burdens. She said that public debt and developing countries rose from fort of GDP to an average of sixty two of GDP, adding that funds enabling sixty one of climate projects were raised as debt, of which only twelve percent with low cost loans. Business inside developed nations have still not met the hundred billion dollar goal for contributions set for Egypt is the first developing nation to host the co OP Summit. Since leaders of developing nations are urging follow through on stated financial commitments by developed countries. Favorable weather across Bangladesh led to a seventeen percent gain in tea production during the first half of the year, suggesting a record breaking hundred million kilo harvest was likely. In August, striking workers muted those expectations. Very little tea went to auction for five or six weeks, slowing the record setting pace. Now it appears the record is within reach. The turning point was September, when factories produced fourteen point seven million kilos of tea, the highest monthly total in according to the Bangladesh Teaboard. October totals were fourteen point five eight million kilos, raising the harvest to almost eighty million kilos going into November. One year in total was ninety six point five million kilos, reflecting ten year growth of agent. Dev Berman, senior manager of National Brokers, near the country's biggest tea brokers, told the doc A Tribune this would be the year that production pops one million kilos. Muhammad Ol, Autumn deputy manager at Haulda Valley Tea Company, told te Biz that the November harvest would decide to matter. Quote. Winter fog is already in the garden areas, which is not a good sign for tea as production declines, he said, adding a positive signs that our gardens are pest and disease free at this stage. End quote quote. The contribution by smallholder farmers in the North will play a vital role in this calculation, he said. Last share, their contribution was around fifteen percent or roughly fourteen million kilos out of the nineties six million kilow crop. My guess is their contribution will be twenty...

...this year, but with a shortage of chemical fertilizer, this prediction may be wrong. In the end, he said, I visited some gardens in Freeman last week and there were lots of flushes in the sections. But he cautioned symptoms of labor's unhappy movement are still visible in traditional trade gardens. It may also become a barrier to reaching a hundred million keylow crop production. The Bangladesh Teaboard set of production target of seventy to eighty million kilos for the year. Tea lands in the North produced two thirds of the total. In past years, plantations consistently produced two to two five million kilos more than predicted. Tea tourism is more than an overnight stay in a quaint tea bungalow and a stroll in the garden, meaningful inter actions introduce visitors the local tea, cultural, unique te processing techniques, and natural and historical surroundings. Tourists can explore the environment on eco tourism hikes along te trails with spectacular vistas, or engage in spiritual tourism by visiting temples on pilgrimages and enjoy gastronomic tourism that reveals that the lights of culinary tea while dining. The Routledge Handbook of t Tourism is a new compendium that provides comprehensive and cutting edge insights into global te tourism. The book features contributions from scholars and experts in nineteen countries. These experts debate the importance and challenges of t tourism in the twenty first century and discussed new opportunities. For example, UNESCO announced it would review the joint nomination by Turkey and Asser Bay John for the culture of k a symbol of identity, hospitality and social interaction for inscription in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The initial meeting to consider the designation is in December. Quote The unscal recognition would create awareness of the need to protect this heritage, which is part of the resource for t tourism, says Dr Lee Joliffe, Visiting Professor Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ulster University in Northern Ireland. Joliffe is the lead editor of the Tourism Handbook, which is available in hard back and downloadable book. The three fifty page book describes tea as an agricultural product of exotic lands. Brewing the leaf into a beverage provides a connection to nature, the team workers and t landscapes the production areas. These are all experiences that are inherent in t tourism, whether through preparing the beverage at home from souvenir teas purchased during travel, consuming it at a local cafe or in a tea course, or visiting tea workers in the tea fields and factories where it was produced and experiencing local culture firsthand. Dr Julie says, quote the book provides the opportunity to bring together academics and practitioners. Tea tourism is important to the tea industry as a way to promote tea and knowledge about tea and supplement and diversify income at t producing locations and quote Business Insight. The Routledge Handbook, published by Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group in the UK, is available in November twenty nine as a hardback and E book that sells for forty seven dollars. Visit root...

Ledger r O U, T L E, d g E dot com to order. Are Venda, an enterrement in Bengaluru, reports on this week's to auction prices. Indian t tries support for the weekend in November five, twenty two. In this week's news, the possible edition of rubber cultivation to Assams ti Estates was announced Earliacia. The state government amended the Assam Fixation of Ceiling on Landholding Act to allow up to five percent of the total land of the t garden to be used for tourism, contivation of every crops or animal husbandry. The Rubble Board is now looking at rubber plantation in the paraphy of the t estates. This would help me the demand for natural rubble in the country, but also upsetting some of the losses from d planting already through Para state in this region that he is cultivated. The second largest producer of rubble in India in auctions at Salt Cata good a strong demand for Orthodox tea with the Middle East and CIS country Is active. Other grades also did well. Major blenders were active for dust, grays and hinder Stanunilever continued to be active for CTC and arguing grades. Prices for CTC and dust was slightly lower than the previous week, but Dutching so average prices go up by sixty three piece hinder Stannually Lever was the main buyer in the Standardiver was the main buyer, picking up twenty percent of the t on offer for an average of four eighty seven to piece per kilo, and was a good demand for both leaf and dust, with major blenders active for LIEF and hinder STANDI Eliver active for dust in the South Coach and of Orthodox dust and ninety seven percent of CDC dust sold. Prices remained similar to the previous week. Dust plates also did well in Knora and Now a word from our sponsor. Hello, I'm Boked, a passionate teacher, wrinker and the inventor of the ultimate tea machine, The Brewmaker. One preparation is key to making fine teeth. Sequential steeping is delivered the best taste possible and unlock the true value of whole leaf teas and botanicals. Brew automates that process without using any pots or capsules. This simple to operate, smart from control device stores steeping profiles to consistently make great tea at the push of the bottom. Brew also reduces time, waste and energy. That's because I engineered the brew to remember control settings for temperature, brewing time and quantity. Using my patented process lets you stack steep simply and conveniently. This week, TBS explores the exotic Jesu Island, also close to Self, Korea, where wild Orchard Regenerative tea has grown. Michael d Ham, co founder and president of the company, describes in detail the cultivation and multiple washings during processing of these award winning teas. The result is a clean, authentic taste as nature intended, he said. Jeju Island lies a hundred and thirty kilometers off the southern coast of South Korea in the Korea Strait. Dormant for the past five thousand years, Holissan Mountain is a one thousand, nine hundred and fifty meter volcanic wonderland of craters, cinder cones, and giant lava tubes that dominates the densely foliated island. Popular with tourists for its National park and scenic beaches, the island is also known for its tea. Wild Orchard sources all...

...its tea from a thousand acre garden planet In nineteen ninety nine. The nutrient dense soiled gentle mist in abundant wildlife led growers to plant tea seeds on hillsides that were not terraced or cleared of native plant. Irrigation is solely by rainfall, are no fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides applied, and the soil is never tilled. The farm was certified organic in twenty oh seven, and the Wild Orchard brand was established in twenty nineteen. In May of this year, the brand became the world's first regenerative, organic certified tea. It was selected by NOMA, the World's Best restaurant, to be served on their New York City menu, and will soon be available for sale at the Rare Tea counter at Fort Neuman Mason's Tea Shop in Thank you so much Michael for joining us on the t BIZ podcast. Congratulations on your three prize winning teas. Recognized this month at the inaugural International Tea Academy. Leafy's I've been enthusiastic about your work for some time. Thank you. First of all, Dan, thank you for allowing me to introduce Wild Orchard on your show, and to add to that, thank you for all your contributions over the past their kids to our industry. We begin by explaining the basics of regenerative agriculture. It's not a marketing term at Wild Orchard, but in fact a heartfelt commitment to biodiversity and rehabilitating soil. Our farm was established in They didn't know the term regenerative. They just had the vision and mindset to create the cleanest, purest teas in an on a volcanic island that they felt was ideal for growing teas. So they wanted to allow nature to do its work. They didn't want to put any man made inputs. So to this day, no herbicide, no pesticides, no fertilizer. Everything has been done through nature. All the rainfall, all the irrigation is done purely by rainfall. It's really a testimate to the philosophy that our teas were able to obtain regenerative organic certification earlier this year, the first Camelius sinensis TIS to have obtained that aspirational certification. He readily adapts to its environment if that environment has high amounts of lead and the atmosphere toxins and the water on a climate where the plants are alternately parched or flooded, the finished team will reflect that. In the cup at wild orchard, he coexists with other plants, but that's not an idyllic existence, as plants must fight off pests and disease and struggle to establish a root system to deliver essential nutrients and minerals. Will you share with listeners some of the challenges of regenerative cultivation. So we are living in a vastly different world than tea has grown in for centuries. Specifically, the demarcation line is the Industrial Revolution with the advent of machinery fossil fuels. Today we're living in a world where there's a massive pollution in our water table, in the air. And as you mentioned, T is a bioremediator. It absorbs a lot from its surroundings both under the earth, in the soil and above ground, and so to be able to create a clean environment for the teas results in a more authentic pure tea. That's the philosophy that our farm has to be able to grow tea in living soil, greater nutrient density, more antioxidants, but also flavor and have...

...that move all the way into the cup for the consumer to taste that it's purest form. That's really what regenerative is about in terms of the authenticity of tea. What techniques and technology do you rely on to make prize winning teas? So there are so many things that go into producing prize winning teas. But if I had to choose one specific technique or method, I think that it would be that we wash our tea leaves four times and not just with regular tap water, so we keep any equipment that comes into contact with the tea leaves clean, and our farmers are very conscientious about hygiene. So this might be the most basic of basics, but I think this is an extraordinary process that we have. I don't know anyone else in the world that does this. And of course techniques and know how regarding like the various stages of processing team need to be performed at high level, but with first principles in mind that tea leaves need to be clean first and foremost in order for the pure aroma of the te leave to reach the cup. And I think this mindset and vision from our farmers to grow tease as nature has intended and allow people to drink tea that taste the way it should inherently has really led to Wild Orchard And I'm gonna humble brag here being honored with fifteen awards at the top global tea competitions and it is really an ode to the farmers and their vision to just let nature have the biggest impact in growing the teas. Can you really taste the difference? You definitely can taste it. And that's why I believe as a prize winning tea that judges can taste the authenticity of the tea the way that tea should be tasted inherently. But the best way to explain why that's the cases because when you farm or rotees regeneratively, you are growing it in living soil. It's pulling in more nutrients. And and then because the ecosystem is so clean, with the biodynamic functioning of animals, with the teas, with the agroforesty component, everything is working in concert with each other to elevate the quality of the tea. As you said, monocultures, you're just focusing on one. So it's very very limited in the ability to provide a tea leaf that's optimal to the way that it should be grown, that's been grown for thousands of years. So when you taste the tea that's grown conventionally, you will definitely taste elements of toxins, pesticides, these chemicals that should not be in the tea leaf. But when it's done regeneratively, you're getting the most out of that tea leaf without all of these man made elements. What are the Company Titian judges have to say about the winning teas well? We won in three categories, so the green tea pan fired, which was our first flush green tea. And when when speaking to the judges, they were talking about the aesthetics of the leaf before brew, after brew, obviously the aroma, and then the taste. And when they look at the taste, they really look at the authentic Uh Camelia sent It's green tea taste. And I think the reason why we won an award is because all of these regenerative elements in terms of growing the leaf and making sure that that core element of the Camelia senensis, non oxidized into the green leaf could come out in that taste. I think that's really what did it. The other two categories where our green tea scented tea uh and are blended tea and those mixed the green tea with fruit notes and things like orange lemons are very fruit...

...notes and that's a different type of tea. But once again it adds another element. And so the judges were also looking at similar characteristics. How it looked before brew, after brew, and then the taste. So I think the regenerative the way of farming, it just pronounces that tastes much more cleanly and purely, and that's what the judges appreciated. What are the long term prospects for regenerative certified t our Regenerative certification is provided or given out by the Regenerative Organic Alliance that was founded by the Rodale Institute many well known premium organic brands like Dr Browners and Nature's Path, and so there's a lot of weight or reputation behind this certification. They they pretty much set the highest standards for soil health and more welfare and farm worker fairness. Those are the three major components, and you have to go through a robust auditing process to cut two years to obtain and they spent about three or four days on our farm an auditor going through many, many elements through those three core pillars. And only when you achieve a base amount can you, uh, you know, can you qualify for regenerative organic certification. And they have the Bronze, silver, and gold level. So depending on how much you achieve in that audit and what standards you've you've achieved, you get these different levels of certification. But now more and more brands, if you go to the supermarket, you're gonna start to see more regenerative out there. And it's really the way I put it simply is it's it goes beyond the simple organic certification because you're focusing on the soil. There's also the animal component, a welfare component, and the farm worker fairness. So it's really holistic and it gives the consumer and idea that, wow, this product went through extra lengths to provide or produce a product that is not only good for me, but for the environment. So shifting the topic from price winning teas to climate smart teas. Recently you reported on it, but well respected tea brands such as Tasso and Traditional Medicinals have stated that they are also committing to transitioning their portfolios to regenerative. Why is this important? There's clearly an opportunity to make impact that scale. Studies show that regenerative farms are three to six times more profitable than conventional and the market for regenerative products, albeit in early stages, now continues to gain interest and grow. So if our industry starts to shift from conventional to regenerative, as we're seeing in other sectors, we can have a trimmendous impact on undressing our global health and climate crisis. And to add to that, regenerative practices will allow tea farms to be more resilient and protect smallholder tea farmers amidst the growing climate changes. So, as you explained what what what's the yield issue? Just this summer you reported China's extreme heat and its effect on the tea farms. But if they had regenerative baked into their operations, they would have been more resilient and they would have had more yield. So in terms of the yield, you have to look at it in the context of today's climate challenges, and regenerative will allow tea farmers not only to create a higher quality product or tea, they will be able to future proof as much as possible, to the extent that they're farming regeneratively to fight off against all of these floods and heat and all these climate issues that we're facing on an ever growing track...

...each year. Intrigued by what you've heard in today's podcast, would you like to learn more from our global network of t BZ journalists and t experts. Remember to visit the tv IS website from more comprehensive coverage. That's w W W T hyphen biz b I Z alcohol. Thanks for listening, Farewell until next week.

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