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The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, September 30 2015 3:51 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 30, 2015

Table Rock Tea Company

We are one of the only tea farms in the United States. Come grow with us as we make history together!

Table Rock Tea Company

We are one of the only tea farms in the United States. Come grow with us as we make history together!

$2,876
pledged of $18,000pledged of $18,000 goal
31
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, September 30 2015 3:51 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 30, 2015

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One of America's only tea farms, Table Rock Tea Company is about 5 years into it's start up.  We are well on our way to becoming the country's newest destination for "agri-tourism" - not simply growing and producing tea right here in the United States, but inviting people to join in the experience together.

Founders, Steve and Jennifer Lorch
Founders, Steve and Jennifer Lorch

We have already purchased all of the processing equipment except for one final piece...a bagging machine.  This machine packs loose tea into satchels and envelopes for single-serve use, making your tea experience much more convenient and enjoyable (over 80% of tea drinkers prefer tea in bags rather than loose).  These machines are very expensive, but thankfully, we have found a high-quality, low-cost machine that will get us started.

Small-scale Bagging Machine
Small-scale Bagging Machine

No strangers to enterprise, Steve and Jennifer Lorch were the founders of Hydromissions International, a globally recognized agency that continues to provide clean drinking water for those in need all over the world. Part of that mission included a micro factory that produced a national brand soap - all of which was designed, built, and run by the Lorches out of their single car garage. The tea factory is a similar setup, but utilizes twice the space. Not only will you be able to come and tour the facility, you will also have the hands-on opportunity to participate in the process! 

Hydromissions Soap Factory
Hydromissions Soap Factory

We've already funded 90% of the tea factory.  Your 10% investment in us will help take local, home-grown tea to the next level, and you will truly be an active partner in making history together.  Thanks for your support!

90% of equipment already funded!
90% of equipment already funded!

Risks and challenges

Our only delay is the time that it takes to get the machine here to our shop via ocean freight. Thankfully, we have been through this process many times already, having purchased rollers, dryers, grinders, and several other pieces of equipment used to produce tea.

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    "Seedling" level. You will receive a limited edition t-shirt (specify size), logo bandana, and a signed certificate of your founding support of one of America's only home-grown tea companies.

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    "Green Tea" level. You will receive a limited edition t-shirt (specify size), logo bandana, and a signed certificate of your founding support of one of America's only home-grown tea companies. In addition, you will receive a first-run, signed wooden box of our "Jacked Black® Original" or "Jacked Black® Plain" tea (your choice).

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    "Oolong" level. You will receive a limited edition t-shirt (specify size), logo bandana, and a signed certificate of your founding support of one of America's only home-grown tea companies. In addition, you will receive a first-run, signed wooden box of our "Jacked Black® Original" or "Jacked Black® Plain" tea (your choice). You will also receive an actual tea plant (1-2 year old) from one of our very own that we grow and process here on the farm. Grow your own tea in your own backyard!

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    "Darjeeling" level. You will receive a limited edition t-shirt (specify size), logo bandana, and a signed certificate of your founding support of one of America's only home-grown tea companies. In addition, you will receive a first-run, signed wooden box of our "Jacked Black® Original" AND "Jacked Black® Plain" tea, plus a pair of "Best Mugs EVER." You will also receive an actual tea plant (1-2 year old) from one of our very own that we grow and process here on the farm. Grow your own tea in your own backyard!

    In addition, you will have an open invitation for a personal factory tour and private gourmet meal for you and one guest with our founders, Steve and Jennifer Lorch at their home in the mountains (no expiration date; transportation and lodging not included). This is an opportunity to spend quality one-on-one time with tea industry pioneers and to have all of your tea questions answered. And, if you catch us during harvest, we will even give you a private tea-making lesson and send you home with some tea that you made yourself. How cool is that?!?

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