tea CSA journal

Here I'm keeping track of my first experiences with tea-focused CSA projects, both local to me and local to others.  You'll find photos, product descriptions, editorials on cost vs. ecological imprint, and resources to investigate joining your own Community Supported Agriculture project.

General posts on the Tea CSA Concept:

The Global Locavore : Tea CSAs


Membership #1:  Obubu Tea Farms -  Kyoto, Japan

Site:  ObubuTea.com

Specialty:  Organic greens : genmaicha, sencha, houjicha, sakura blossoms, matcha

Program: Obubu CSA Tea Club

Benefits:
Initial package : first month's tea selection, a teapot, and a tea canister
3.5 oz. package of selected tea sent every other month
10% off regular purchase of Obubu tea and merchandise
Special CSA-only tea selections such as New Year's Obukucha
Member's only tea store (said to be added at a later date)
Membership certificate
Membership plaque displayed at the plantation after first year's membership


Posts about Obubu Kyoto Tea Plantation Shipments:

Obubu CSA December Shipment 2011 - Yanagi Bancha and Gokou Matcha




Membership #2 : International Tea Farms Alliance

Joined September 2011, received first shipment for August

Specialty: varied, smaller world farms producing their own specialized cultivars
Subscription information:
3800 yen, approximately $50/month for first two months, then 1900 yen or $25 dollars each month

6 shipments made each year, each shipment featuring a different collective of tea farmers in different countries

Benefits:
Members-only access to tea education media

Posts about ITFA arrivals:
More to come
 c:_: LatteTeaDah

last update November 2011