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Global Tea Exchange: Himalayan Tea with Impact
Direct-sourced teas that create a cultural exchange program between the Himalayas and the US.
Raj Vable
Springfield, United States
$14,991 USD raised by 123 backers
60% of $25,000 
flexible goal
No time left
A new line of direct-sourced teas that earn the producers living wages and create the Global Tea Exchange: a two-way cultural exchange program including Himalayan homestays and international Fellowships for remote tea producers.

The Himalayas are being drained of their youth as mountain millennials flock to the cities. We're using tea to build a cultural exchange program that attracts the next generation.

The best teas are grown high in the mountains and harvested by people like Muni Devi pictured here. These teas fetch enormous prices in international markets like Shanghai and New York. However, Himalayan tea communities lack access to those markets. As a result, the next generation is abandoning tea gardens and heading to the cities in search of higher paying jobs.

The Global Tea Exchange is our effort to change that. By providing both monetary and cultural incentives to live in the mountains, we’re working with our Indian and Nepali partners to build a vibrant future for tea.

  • First, we’re introducing a new line of teas direct from remote Himalayan communities. We pay our partners 4-5 times industry rates and feature their stories on our packaging.
  • Second, we’re using the profits to create a  2-way cultural exchange program between the US and the Himalayas so mountain communities are connected to the outside world.

We choose our suppliers based on two criteria: outstanding quality and progressive practices. These four rare organic teas come from two innovative pioneers:

  • Kumaon's Birkbeck family: When the British first smuggled tea plants out of China, several of their initial gardens were in Kumaon. These gardens were soon abandoned and the tea plant grew wild. In the last 30 years, Kumaon communities have begun reviving tea cultivation with government support. Leading the charge is the Birkbeck family, who has been growing tea for over three generations. Two years ago, we were the first US company to bring their organic teas to market (read more here) and today we remain the only  direct importer of Kumaon teas.
  • Nepal's First Co-op:  In the shadows of Everest, the Tinjure Cooperative is Nepal’s first cooperatively owned factory. Initially, local villagers banded together and sold their harvested green leaf collectively to a nearby factory. In 2013 they raised the money to establish their own processing facility to produce finished tea. This enabled them to earn 40 times more than selling the same harvested green leaf to private factories. Their rich, heavy black teas have gained popularity in recent years, making them difficult to find.

Meet Desmond Birkbeck, who we met two years ago. We've been working with him since to bring Kumaon teas to the US:

TWO-WAY CULTURAL EXCHANGE

With the proceeds raised by this campaign, we’re launching a two-way cultural exchange program. It will include a Himalayan homestay program for tea producing villages to host foreign guests and international Fellowships for tea producers to visit the US.

We’ve partnered with Avani, a Himalayan non-profit, to develop a program for international guests to stay in mountain villages. This will give tea communities ways to interact with the outside world without leaving their homes and provide international guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in Himalayan culture. The first trip across the mountains of India and Nepal will run April 2018.

There have been few opportunities for remote tea producers to gain international experience in global markets. Leveraging our position as an American-based business, we’re organizing Fellowships that will bring innovative Himalayan producers to the US. We'll select Fellows and  organize professional development trainings, networking events with American industry leaders, and public talks that bring together tea producers and tea drinkers.

Our company began four years ago when Raj made a promise: if remote Himalayan communities would grow tea, he would set up a company in the US to sell it. Since then, we've been working to bridge the two worlds we love - the beautiful, raw Himalayas and our homes in America.

Watch Avani's co-founder Rashmi explain how we're working to intercrop tea with indigo, which is used to make the dye in the blue scarf offered in this campaign:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perks
$100
USD
+ Shipping
The Gift of the Mountains
LIMITED SUPPLY: This gift draws from our partners work across the Himalayas. Includes an ethical tea giftset,hand-made naturally-dyed organic scarf, all four of our most popular teas, and authentic prayer flags from Darjeeling. Make it a gift to remember or multiple gifts. And be sure to keep something for yourself!
Items included:
  • Box of Tea (4)
  • Giftset
  • Avani Scarf
  • Prayer Flags
20 out of 60 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
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$10
USD
Thank You!
Thanks for sip-porting our campaign. We will send you a digital postcard from the Himalayas during our next visit in April 2018.
Items included:
  • Digital Postcard
2 claimed
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$25
USD
+ Shipping
The Tea Taster
Choose 3 of our 4 most popular teas to experience the different qualities and profiles of Himalaya- grown tea. Be one of the first to hold a box of our new packaging, because this campaign is the only place it is currently available online! Comes with an attractive card explaining our work.
Items included:
  • Box of Tea (3)
46 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
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$50
USD
+ Shipping
$60 (16% Off)
The Gift of Tea
With the holidays around the corner, give a gift to a special someone that loves their tea. Included is an ethical tea sampler with 1oz tins of Kumaon White, Nepali Green Pearls, and Kumaon Black. On top of that choose 3 teas for yourself.
Items included:
  • Box of Tea (3)
  • Giftset
17 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
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$75
USD
+ Shipping
Handmade Scarf and Tea
LIMITED SUPPLY: Winter is coming, so bundle up and sip on some hot tea. Avani, our non-profit partner in India, has woven these beautiful hand-made naturally-dyed organic scarfs. Choose three teas and a scarf. There are two scarf options - the red pictured here and a blue in the picture below Rashmi's video.
Items included:
  • Box of Tea (3)
  • Avani Scarf
14 out of 50 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$250
USD
+ Shipping
Sponsor a Fellow for the Day
Sponsor the first Global Tea Fellow during their visit to the US in fall 2018. While the Fellow is visiting the US, you'll receive a phone call to chat with them about their work and impressions of American culture. In addition, you'll receive everything included in the Gift of the Mountains perk.
Items included:
  • Box of Tea (4)
  • Giftset
  • Avani Scarf
  • Prayer Flags
3 out of 10 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$500
USD
+ Shipping
Sponsor a Homestay Retrofit
Your contribution will go towards installing solar water heaters in a Himalayan village home. We'll email you with videos and pictures from the construction, and put a plaque with your name on it at the home. In addition, you'll receive everything included in the Gift of the Mountains perk.
Items included:
  • Box of Tea (4)
  • Giftset
  • Avani Scarf
  • Prayer Flags
2 out of 10 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$1000
USD
+ Shipping
Private Tasting with Fellow
Meet our inaugural Fellow in-person during their visit in Fall 2018. Working with you, we'll find a time and location for you to drink tea with the Fellow and experience cultural exchange first-hand. In addition, you'll receive everything included in the Gift of the Mountains perk.
Items included:
  • Box of Tea (4)
  • Giftset
  • Avani Scarf
  • Prayer Flags
1 out of 3 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$2900
USD
+ Shipping
$3,500 (17% Off)
Trip to Kumaon, India
Immerse yourself in rural Himalayan culture on a 12-day voyage into the remote Kumaon region. Our dates are May 5-16 and more info can be found here: https://youngmountaintea.com/shop/2018-kumaon-trip/ In addition, you'll receive everything included in the Gift of the Mountains perk.
Items included:
  • Box of Tea (4)
  • Giftset
  • Avani Scarf
  • Prayer Flags
1 out of 6 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated May 2018
Estimated May 2018
Get this perk
$4500
USD
+ Shipping
$5,000 (10% Off)
Trip to Kumaon, India + Nepal
An extension of the Trip to Kumaon perk, we'll travel for an additional 10-14 days into the heart of Nepal. We'll work with you to develop a customized itinerary and have additional flexibility on our dates. In addition, you'll receive everything included in the Gift of the Mountains perk.
Items included:
  • Box of Tea (4)
  • Giftset
  • Avani Scarf
  • Prayer Flags
0 out of 6 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated May 2018
Estimated May 2018
Get this perk
A new line of direct-sourced teas that earn the producers living wages and create the Global Tea Exchange: a two-way cultural exchange program including Himalayan homestays and international Fellowships for remote tea producers.
Perks
$100
USD
+ Shipping
The Gift of the Mountains
LIMITED SUPPLY: This gift draws from our partners work across the Himalayas. Includes an ethical tea giftset,hand-made naturally-dyed organic scarf, all four of our most popular teas, and authentic prayer flags from Darjeeling. Make it a gift to remember or multiple gifts. And be sure to keep something for yourself!
Items included:
  • Box of Tea (4)
  • Giftset
  • Avani Scarf
  • Prayer Flags
20 out of 60 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$10
USD
Thank You!
Thanks for sip-porting our campaign. We will send you a digital postcard from the Himalayas during our next visit in April 2018.
Items included:
  • Digital Postcard
2 claimed
Get this perk
$25
USD
+ Shipping
The Tea Taster
Choose 3 of our 4 most popular teas to experience the different qualities and profiles of Himalaya- grown tea. Be one of the first to hold a box of our new packaging, because this campaign is the only place it is currently available online! Comes with an attractive card explaining our work.
Items included:
  • Box of Tea (3)
46 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$50
USD
+ Shipping
$60 (16% Off)
The Gift of Tea
With the holidays around the corner, give a gift to a special someone that loves their tea. Included is an ethical tea sampler with 1oz tins of Kumaon White, Nepali Green Pearls, and Kumaon Black. On top of that choose 3 teas for yourself.
Items included:
  • Box of Tea (3)
  • Giftset
17 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$75
USD
+ Shipping
Handmade Scarf and Tea
LIMITED SUPPLY: Winter is coming, so bundle up and sip on some hot tea. Avani, our non-profit partner in India, has woven these beautiful hand-made naturally-dyed organic scarfs. Choose three teas and a scarf. There are two scarf options - the red pictured here and a blue in the picture below Rashmi's video.
Items included:
  • Box of Tea (3)
  • Avani Scarf
14 out of 50 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$250
USD
+ Shipping
Sponsor a Fellow for the Day
Sponsor the first Global Tea Fellow during their visit to the US in fall 2018. While the Fellow is visiting the US, you'll receive a phone call to chat with them about their work and impressions of American culture. In addition, you'll receive everything included in the Gift of the Mountains perk.
Items included:
  • Box of Tea (4)
  • Giftset
  • Avani Scarf
  • Prayer Flags
3 out of 10 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$500
USD
+ Shipping
Sponsor a Homestay Retrofit
Your contribution will go towards installing solar water heaters in a Himalayan village home. We'll email you with videos and pictures from the construction, and put a plaque with your name on it at the home. In addition, you'll receive everything included in the Gift of the Mountains perk.
Items included:
  • Box of Tea (4)
  • Giftset
  • Avani Scarf
  • Prayer Flags
2 out of 10 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$1000
USD
+ Shipping
Private Tasting with Fellow
Meet our inaugural Fellow in-person during their visit in Fall 2018. Working with you, we'll find a time and location for you to drink tea with the Fellow and experience cultural exchange first-hand. In addition, you'll receive everything included in the Gift of the Mountains perk.
Items included:
  • Box of Tea (4)
  • Giftset
  • Avani Scarf
  • Prayer Flags
1 out of 3 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$2900
USD
+ Shipping
$3,500 (17% Off)
Trip to Kumaon, India
Immerse yourself in rural Himalayan culture on a 12-day voyage into the remote Kumaon region. Our dates are May 5-16 and more info can be found here: https://youngmountaintea.com/shop/2018-kumaon-trip/ In addition, you'll receive everything included in the Gift of the Mountains perk.
Items included:
  • Box of Tea (4)
  • Giftset
  • Avani Scarf
  • Prayer Flags
1 out of 6 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated May 2018
Estimated May 2018
Get this perk
$4500
USD
+ Shipping
$5,000 (10% Off)
Trip to Kumaon, India + Nepal
An extension of the Trip to Kumaon perk, we'll travel for an additional 10-14 days into the heart of Nepal. We'll work with you to develop a customized itinerary and have additional flexibility on our dates. In addition, you'll receive everything included in the Gift of the Mountains perk.
Items included:
  • Box of Tea (4)
  • Giftset
  • Avani Scarf
  • Prayer Flags
0 out of 6 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated May 2018
Estimated May 2018
Get this perk
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