THE TEAHOUSE STORY
Sarah Lucas is passionate about Nepal Tea. Tea House was born after Sarah completed a trip to Nepal in 2015, just after the deadly earthquake. Having lived in Nepal from 2009-2009, she was drawn back to help in the aftermath of the earthquake. Once there, one of the first things Sarah did was head to a local tea shop and stock up on delicious fairtrade Nepali teas. Within a few days she realised the benefits she seemed to be getting from these healthy teas – increased energy being the most obvious. Sarah also panicked when she relaised she couldt access these amazing teas in New Zealand. She crammed packets and packets of Ilam, Darjeeling and White Tea into her suitcase for her return trip. Once home and almost at the end of my supply, an idea was born. Find out where one can source the best quality rare Nepali tea and bring it to New Zealand!
After many hours of research, Sarah found a tea plantation that produces rare, fair trade, organic tea. The plantation is in the High Hills of the Himalayas, and is a cooperative group of tea estates in far eastern Nepal, under the shadow of Mt Sandakphu. The estate has a processing factory where the first female tea entrepreneur in Nepal oversees operations. now, five varieties of Sandakphu teas are available in NZ. Included in the collection is Black Tea, White Tea, Green Tea and Oolong. Slowly, Nepal is becoming world renowned for its unique teas grown in the clean high air of the Himalayas. Due to altitude, the tea bushes are slow growing and contain higher levels of beneficial compounds.
The story won’t end here though. Sarah has plans to expand Tea House from its humble beginnings into a social enterprise. Long term, she plan to create a trust funded through Tea House sales. A share of the profits will be channeled back to help children and young women get the education and living conditions they deserve.
Sarah lives in Inglewood, NZ, with her husband and three boys. Tea House is a part time enterprise, one that keeps Sarah connected to the wonderful people of Nepal. In time, Tea House will expand and more varieties will be available, in the meantime, enjoy the health giving pure benefits of the some of the best tea in the world.