How does Eco-Cha build relationships with Taiwanese tea farmers?
We visit farms on a regular and ongoing basis. We have lived in Taiwan and have been visiting tea farmers for more than 20 years. This is the society and culture we have lived in and been a part of since the early 1990’s – it is our home. Virtually all of our Taiwanese friendships have been made in the context of tea. Just as in any facet of life we form these relationships through time, communication, and shared interest. We spend a lot of time with the farmers on their farms and in their homes, talking, eating, and of course drinking tea.
Central Taiwan Tea country is about an hour from our homes. We usually spend a few days every week in tea country and during harvest season we’re there for weeks at a time. We are in constant contact with the farmers we work with.