Satemwa Tea Estate has devised an effective collaboration with small holders on the estate.
“We partnered with them to diversify their crops by planting herbs and flowers,” said Wouter Verelst, marketing & business development manager. “We then blend these smallholder-grown herbs and flowers with our specialty tea,” he said. To improve plucking standard for some of its high quality green leaf, smallholders receive a premium and “we also let them share in the profit when we sell the made tea as ‘Smallholder Black OP1.’ ”
Satemwa, founded in 1923, produces 2,500 metric tons annualyl including white, green and oolong with about 90 percent CTC. The export teas are certified by UTZ, Raiforest Alliance and Fair Trade.
Learn more: www.satemwa.com