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Amazing tea from Nepal. Building a market here so we can make a difference there.

Nepali Tea Traders - Pure Tea | Pure Good

  • Exceptional Quality -  Our teas are some of the finest in the world, rivaling and even surpassing teas from nearby Darjeeling, India.
  • Sustainability - Our teas are either certified organic or naturally grown and processed, without chemicals.
  • Fair Prices for Tea FarmersOur business focuses on providing Nepal’s tea farmers fair prices and their fair share of the profits.  We’re changing the dynamic of an industry once dominated by middlemen.
  • Reinvestment - Our mission is to reinvest in the tea industry and the children of Nepal, improving health, education and the quality of life.
  • “TEA”m - We want you to join our TEAm! Get involved, drink our tea, share this with your friends, comment, tweet us, and most importantly become a backer today.  

Hear more about our story here from Rob:

As the first exclusive provider of Nepalese tea in the U.S., we are asking for your support to kick start our business so we can buy directly and make these wonderful teas more widely available in the U.S., while creating a foundation for sustainable change in Nepal.  The funds we’re seeking in our Kickstarter campaign will enable the purchase of the seasonal "spring flush" teas (and you can be among the first to enjoy them!)

Historically, these teas have been grown by farmers and workers making a few dollars a day, then carried across the border of India and exported as Indian tea. Our support will make a difference by helping to ensure that Nepal’s small farmers earn fair wages and a fair share of the profits for their premium teas. We will help transform the tea industry so Nepali tea will export directly to the U.S. – which means more of the revenues are retained in Nepal, enabling better education, healthcare and substantial reinvestment in its tea industry.

Tea Workers at Sandakphu Factory
Tea Workers at Sandakphu Factory

As the first exclusive provider of Nepalese tea in the U.S., we are asking for your support to kick start our business so we can buy directly and make these wonderful teas more widely available in the U.S., while creating a foundation for sustainable change in Nepal. 

In the highlands of eastern Nepal – in a region called Ilam – small farmers grow and process some of the best teas in the world: blacks, greens, oolongs, whites and rare specialty teas. Because of the altitude, soil and growing conditions, Nepalese teas have high concentrations of flavor and antioxidants. 

To bring these teas directly to you, and to dramatically change lives in Nepal, we launched Nepali Tea Traders in November 2012 to friends and family. Now we’re ready to make our teas more widely available in the U.S. and to accelerate our positive impact in Nepal. 

The funds we’re seeking in our Kickstarter campaign will enable the purchase of the seasonal "spring flush" teas - the first crop cultivated at the beginning of the season after three or four months of dormancy. These aromatic and flavorful teas are among the most highly sought-after teas. Our tea partner in Nepal, Chandra Bhushan, expresses this simply and poetically: “The season ‘spring’ is what comes into your tea.” 

Your support will make a difference.

  • Meeting our first level goal of $20,000 means we can support local farmers and factories by directly purchasing approximately 8 of the best spring teas.  We will package the special spring teas in Nepal to retain freshness for shipment from fields in Eastern Nepal, to Kathmandu, to our offices in Denver.  As soon as the shipment arrives in Denver, we'll prepare the pouches and tins of these teas for our generous supporters, customers and tea shops that serve and sell Nepali Tea Traders teas.
  • If we exceed our goal, we can increase the size of our direct purchase of spring tea from Nepal and expand into new markets.  

Our partner in Nepal shares our vision.

Chandra Bhushan is a key tea partner in Nepal and is committed to ensuring that tea workers have ownership in the tea enterprise. He believes that an expanding tea industry in Nepal can help to improve his country.  Bhushan says, "Unlike teas from other countries, because of the high altitudes, and the Himalayan climate, our soil infuses the tea with nutrients. We call them ultra-premium teas – teas you will not find in any other shops or markets because they are rare teas, unique to Nepal.” 

We think our tea is delicious. We're not the only ones.

Marty Kushner, who has served as chairman of the Tea Association of the USA and past member of the US Government Board of Tea Experts said: “The higher the altitude, the slower the growth of the tea plants. The slower the growth, the finer the quality of the tea. Tea drinkers will savor nature’s unhurried accomplishment in these Nepali teas.”

Check out a review posted on Steepster by tea experts:

http://steepster.com/teas/happy-luckys-tea-house/34367-nepal-ruby-pu-er-style-black-tea 

and, another review / story on our Wild Yeti that was recently done by Geoff Norman, on Steep Stories - http://steepstories.com/2013/04/16/wrestling-a-wild-yeti/

Other recent comments from our customers: 

“As an Englishman, I've consumed into the millions of gallons of tea over my lifespan. This Nepalese tea is the champagne of tea.” 

“This is the best tea that I’ve ever had. It looks like it was just picked – so fresh and delicious." 

“I’ve never had anything like it – it’s so unique, and fresh.”

Summary of this Campaign

By making a pledge, you will:

  • Be able to pre-order the Spring teas from Nepal (or another gift or experience)
  • Receive unique and flavorful teas for yourself or as a gift to someone else
  • Enable us to commit to a significant order to bring the best of Nepal’s spring teas directly from the Ilam region of Nepal to North America
  • Begin to build the necessary foundations for a strong and sustainable industry in Nepal 
  • Always know that you made a difference 

Thank you for your support!

Below are just a few photos of the products that will be available as Awards:

Tin with Pyramid Bags - Available with the Tea On-the-Go Award.
Tin with Pyramid Bags - Available with the Tea On-the-Go Award.
Nepali Tea Traders Tin Collection
Nepali Tea Traders Tin Collection
"Taste of Nepal" - Six Sampler Package of Nepali Teas
"Taste of Nepal" - Six Sampler Package of Nepali Teas

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As in any new business, we anticipate hurdles as we push to expand our business.

We recognize the difficulty of bringing tea to the U.S. from halfway across the world (we've successfully accomplished this two times already). The tea must be safely transported from the fields in eastern Nepal, to Kathmandu, to our offices in Denver, and then to you.

We will remain focused on being flexible and nimble in order to address an ever-changing market. Years of experience in business by both the Founder and the team will help to address the expected challenges.

Over time, some specific challenges we can anticipate include the fluctuation in the cost of the tea, packaging materials and pricing in addition to variable transportation costs. By developing close relationships with small local farmers and local suppliers, we hope to reduce the risk, and some of the surprise involved in price increases.

Balancing social responsibility with financial success might be perceived as a challenge for our future. We are optimistic that customers in the tea category want to see that companies are making socially responsible decisions. There are excellent examples and mentors available for us in this area, and we will tap into these resources. There are great success stories of companies that combine good business and social impact, and we will strive to be a great example of that.

We know that the tea market is growing and consumers will want teas from unique origins that are tasty and healthy.

FAQ

  • Our hope is that you’ll do both. Our Kickstarter initiative is designed to raise the working capital to help take our business to the next level. In exchange, you’ll receive a selection of our wonderful teas or tea-related experiences. When you’re ready for more tea for yourself, or as a gift, we’d like you to purchase from Nepali Tea Traders.

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  • With your support, we can spread the word about our unique and rare tea that has the power to transform Nepal. Funds that exceed our goal will used to expand our business and our impact – specifically through focused marketing and outreach to specialty tea drinkers, tea shops and other retail establishments. Bottom line, please don't decide not to pledge if we're over our goal. The more that we have to invest, the more that we can accomplish.

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  • Absolutely -- just go to our website and place an order. However, Kickstarter allows you to access tea selections – and experiences – that are exclusive to this campaign and our supporters, including the pre-purchase of our spring teas.

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  • You can change or cancel your pledge any time before April 30 at 10 pm MT, the end of the campaign. Please feel free to adjust so that your pledge and award work well for you.

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  • You can find out more about the creator (Nepali Tea Traders) and the key players that who are working as a part of this exciting social entrepreneurship by going to http://www.NepaliTeaTraders.com, or to their Facebook page and at LinkedIn. If you have any questions or want more information, please inquire. You can email us at contact@NepaliTeaTraders.com.

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  • Once the Kickstarter project is complete, we will communicate with you directly to ensure that we have all of the needed information for your award (you may need to select a type of tea, a size for your “tea” shirt, or give us an address for a friend who you’ve selected for one of the gifts of tea.)

    When your reward is ready, we’ll ship it off to you – and let you know that it’s on its way.

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  • The amount of tea in each tin varies. The tins that are offered for $25 (with pyramid bags for brewing convenience) each have 16 bags, and 1.4 ounces of tea. The other tins contain loose tea, and the amount of tea ranges from 1.7 ounces to 3.6 ounces.

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  • Our samplers have loose tea, and contain between .3 ounces and .8 ounces, depending on the tea.

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    An Everest-sized thanks on our website for your support, and ongoing updates on how our Kickstarter campaign is going.

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    Tea on the Go - You will receive two tins of our delicious tea (Black and/or spiced Masala), conveniently packaged in pyramid bags (no steeping equipment required). You can make your specific selection after the funding period.

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    Taste of Nepal - our 6-package sampler of our most popular teas. You will be able to express your preferences after the funding period (you can let us know if you'd like a mix of teas, or just green, black, etc.)

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    The first "Tea" shirt from Nepali Tea Traders. This will be a unique, limited edition item, and will show your support of our exciting new business. You'll be able to select the correct size after the funding period (including men's and women's fit).

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    Rare Air. Pure Tea. You hand-pick your favorite tea - we'll send a pouch (approximately 2 to 3 ounces) of the tea that you select from our complete offering of over 20 teas.

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    Bring Spring Starter Package - This reward offers our popular, convenient "brew-in mug" (a special mug with a removable tea infuser that lets you brew single servings!) plus our six-package sampler of some of the best teas we offer. You will be able to choose your customized sampler after the funding period.

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    The Tea Lovers' Package - This reward is for those who love loose tea, and will enjoy lots of it. Be the first to receive a selection of our premium Spring teas, and you'll be able to select the three that look best to you. (Packages will contain approximately 2 to 3 ounces each - weight will depend on the type of tea.)

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    Himalayan Teas - the Height of Fine Teas - You will pick 2 tins of premium loose tea (you'll select from Black, Oolong, White and Green), along with our ever popular brew in mug (a mug with a removable infuser that sits on its lid after brewing). This tea and teaware will be sent to you, or anyone that you want to reward with a yummy and healthy gift.

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    A Nepalese Treat - Four Loose Teas. You hand-pick your favorite teas - we'll send 4 pouches (approximately 2 to 3 ounces each) of the teas that you select from our complete offering of over 20 teas.

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    "Chill" from Nepal - Cool your summer season by chilling your choice of teas from Nepal in a Nepali Tea iced tea jug, currently only available to Kickstarter backers. Select two regular sized pouches of your choice of teas that you can enjoy hot or use the special instructions to make the best iced tea ever!

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    Nepali Tea Traders Tin Collection - Enjoy all six of our fine teas that are packaged in our decorative, air tight tins (blacks, green, oolong, and white). And, you'll receive a tea strainer or our tea filters - your choice - to make the brewing experience even more pleasant. This collection is a perfect way to bring healthy, yummy teas to your office, and would also make a lovely gift for the tea lover on your list.

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    Superb Seasonal Selections: Our finest seasonal teas - the best of each "flush." You or your gift recipient will receive four separate shipments of our large pouch (4 to 5 ounces) of tea (you'll choose which one you would like) over the next year, starting with your current selection. You will be able to provide your product choices and shipping addresses after the funding period.

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    Cultivate Nepal - Your legacy Nepali Name - Show your creativity by naming one of our distinctive Spring or Summer Flush teas of 2013. Make a mark on our business by working with us to name the tea, see your own name on our website in the tea's description and enjoy 2 pouches of the tea that you name.

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    Nepali Tea for Years to Come - Fund a new Tea Tree in the Ilam region of Nepal. We will plant a tree in your name (or any name that you select) during our fall trip. We'll take a picture of the new plant, and the commemorative plaque, and we'll send you the photo. A living memorial of your support of our business, and the planet.

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    Nepali-Style Tea Party - immerse yourself in a Nepali tea party experience for up to 12 people. Treat yourself and your guests to full tea service, including a variety tasting of our best tea from Nepal and treats, and it will be hosted by one of experts who will speak about the origins of Nepali tea. We can only offer to serve you and provide one of our experts to your location within 60 miles of Denver. If you're not a Denver local, think about having this party at the beginning or end or your Rocky Mountain vacation.

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    A bike ride led by Rob, our international Operations lead and bike racer. A fully supported day-long road bike ride in Colorado for up to four riders.We will provide breakfast, lunch and "high tea," Nepali style. And, we'll send you home with our fresh tea. The course will be selected based on riders' interests and ability (does not include travel costs to Colorado). Rob will lead discussions on two of his favorite topics - tea and bicycles, and can share great stories from his March trip to Nepal where he indulged in tea talk, and bicycle riding at above 17,000 feet in the Yak Attack.

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    Elite Dinner at the World Tea Expo - Join us for a private tea tasting and dinner at the World Tea Expo - one of the premier annual tea industry events that will be held in Las Vegas on June 6 - 9 . You will be the guest of Nepali Tea Traders' founder and our tea partner, Bhushan, who will travel all the way from Nepal to be at this event in Las Vegas. In addition to this special, elite tea tasting and dinner, you will receive 2 nights lodging at the Expo hotel, entrance to the World Tea Expo so you can learn about and indulge in teas from around the world and a meal allowance. Travel to Las Vegas is not included, but the rest of the experience is your reward for this limited opportunity.

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