Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Beginnings of a Tea Farm in California


Exciting news: Roy has entered escrow to buy a beautiful patch of land in the greater Bay Area where he will start his California tea farm. The farm comes with its own water supply and already supports a small almond orchard - Roy will even grow his own tea snacks!

The first tea plants will go in this spring, variety to be determined. It will be a few years before the farm produces a commercial harvest. Ultimately, Roy hopes to build a teahouse and Chinese culture center on the property, a little over an hour outside San Francisco.

Also this year, Roy is moving forward with growing tea on the farm offered to him by government officials in Shaanxi, China. At a time when too many US sellers of Chinese tea are offering mediocre products from touts posing as Hong Kong teamasters, Roy will be growing his own tea on two continents. He'll also continue to buy exceptional tea from top-quality farms with which he has long-established relationships.

Stay tuned for more details on the California tea farm. We'll keep you posted with details on the tea we'll be growing, photos, and more!

13 comments:

VeeTea said...

Wonderful news! Congrats, Roy!

Audie Wulong said...

So awesome!

Matthew London said...

Roy, Looking forward to tasting the 加利福尼亞茶 !

Marlena said...

Wow, that is really neat news. Keep us posted with details as it goes along!

Maria said...

Awesome news! All of us at The Tea Spot are so excited about what you're doing, and can't wait to try some of your California-grown product :)

Mary Jane said...

Congratulations! You must be very excited and it is wonderful for you to be realizing this dream.

Looking forward to following your progress and hopefully serving your teas at my tea room in the future.

Mary Jane
Amherst Rose Tea Room
Massillon OH

alexis said...

wow, congratulations! looking forward to reading about the progress here.

Mellow Monk said...

Congratulations, Roy and everyone! California tea--that sounds so cool, and I can't wait to try it!

I'm sure there's a lot of hard work ahead, but I wish you the absolute best Best BEST of luck!

Sincerely,

Paul
--
Paul Kotta
Cofounder
Mellow Monk's Green Teas
mellowmonk.com
greenteablog.com

Nigel Melican said...

A brave and exciting venture Roy. Do please remember that Teacraft has 30 years experience in planting and cultivating tea under "fringe" conditions - all that skill is available to you.
email me: nigel@teacraft.com for a corporate brochure, or catch me at WTE.

Nigel at Teacraft

Denise ~ Charleston, South Carolina. said...

Wonderful news, and many congratulations!

Like the idea of producing an Oolong. How about an 'Oolong Fong', Roy???

Sarah said...

I love tea. I'm constantly in search of great tea varieties. It would be interesting to try out Roy's products when he starts growing commercially.

Nigel Stevens said...

Hi Roy, This sounds fantastic and you have done so well. being an english man i love my tea especially a brand called Twinnings.

- Nigel

Anonymous said...

Are you hiring help for planting in the Spring?