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CA$ 281
pledged of CA$ 25,000pledged of CA$ 25,000 goal
3
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, August 2 2019 5:47 PM UTC +00:00

About

Our Challenge

The Inception of Shisso Tea began long ago with our founder Vanessa Grace Chislett first stepping into the tea industry almost 15 years ago when she started employment at a local tea house in Calgary Alberta called Steeps Tea House. Since then tea seed was planted in her mind, she began her journey of refining her business model, observing the market and watching tea's north american market go through multiple waves. She knew early on that if she were going to build a company whose intentional business model would shift the way that we experience tea here, she needed to create a company with ethical and sustainable practices. As she dove into the rabbit hole of tea's history, she discovered that the results of colonization are still impacting the tea growing communities today and that consumerism in our society has blinded us from connecting with what's really happening.

Up until the last 5 years, our experience of tea here Canada and the US has reflected some of the ugliest issues with our food industry over all. From a lack of transparency in our supply chain, a lack of education to our tea drinkers as to some of the major violations of human rights such as; sex & drug trafficking, inequality and modern day slavery. The way we see it, the flavour filled, added ingredient focus and sugar filled tea offerings we are so accustomed to here in NA is a reflection of our disconnect to teas being sourced ethically and sustainably. 

This challenge has resulted in us earnestly remodelling, redefining and refining our business model and our entry into the market. This paired with the perfect timing has been as intentional as making a cup of tea at the right temperature for the right time of infusion. Recent statistics show that tea in 2019 is growing 4x faster than coffee. Tea is currently entering into its "third wave" and we are ready to catch that wave. Help us catch this wave and make a major positive impact on the future of the tea industry.

Our Mission & Vision

We want to share with you our fresh, ethically-sourced tea, from farmers with whom we cultivate tenable relationships. We are committed to bridging the gap between you and our tea growers to create a collective catalyst of economic, social and environmental sustainability. 

We elevate you teetotaler’s knowledge through sharing the historical, cultural, spiritual and medicinal roots of tea from each country of origin. It is our mission to establish Shisso Tea as a multinational social enterprise by creating our own supply chain, allowing us to bring fresh single-origin tea, directly from farm to cup, and giving a portion of our profits back from each cup sold to farm.

You're subscription will help us establish our branding & packaging, create an interactive user experience through our website and enable us to visit our tea growing partners in China. We will not be able to move forward without your support. We look forward to celebrating this next chapter in the evolution of Shisso Tea and are eternally grateful.

Our Purpose

We are dedicated to bringing tea from farm to cup, and giving back from cup to farm. Our mandate also includes empowering our tea garden partners by donating 10% (wholesale) and 15% (retail) of our net sales into our sustainability fund. This fund gives back to our global nonprofit partners at Danyun, who work directly with tea farms to provide resources for social, economic and environmental development in farming regions.

By supporting this crowdfunding campaign, 100% of our purchase of tea from Danyun will go directly into the Social and Economic Development they are doing in Yunnan China. We are then committed to adding another 10% of our profits from this campaign to donating back to their charitable organization.

Risks and challenges

The tea industry is incredibly diluted with poor quality, unethical, toxic and ingredient saturated tea. The challenge is providing an elevated experience for the enlightened gastronomist and curious foodies. Education is one of the biggest keys for us to be able to enlighten tea drinkers understanding and knowledge of tea, it's history and it's spiritual roots.

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    Pledge CA$ 35 or more About $27

    The Vagabond 1 Month Tea-se

    The Vagabond Tea Kit 1 Month Tea-se includes:
    One 50g unit of tea delivered to your door.

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    50g = 20 cups = $1.75/cup
    15%* Donation = $3.75 to Farming Partners

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    The Vagabond 3 Month Fling

    The Vagabond Tea 3 Month Fling includes:
    One 50g unit of tea delivered to your door each month for 3 months.

    What you are getting:
    150g = 60 cups = $1.25/cup
    15%* Donation = $8 to Farming Partners

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    The Explorer: 1 Month Tea-se

    The Explorer 1 Month Tea-se includes:
    Three 50g units of tea delivered to your door.

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    150g = 60 cups = $1.75/cup
    15%* Donation = $11.25 to Farming Partners

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    The Globe Trotter: 1 Month Tea-se

    The Globe Trotter 1 Month Tea-se includes:
    Five 50g units of tea delivered to your door.

    What you are getting:
    250g = 100 cups = $1.75/cup
    15%* Donation = $18.75 to Farming Partners

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    The Vagabond Year Long Relationship

    The Vagabond Year Long Relationship includes:
    One 50g unit of tea delivered to your door each month for 12 months with an additional 50g surprise at the end of your subscription.

    What you are getting:
    650g = 260 cups = $0.75/cup
    15%* Donation = $21 to Farming Partners

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    The Explorer: 3 Month Fling

    The Explorer 3 Month Fling includes:
    Three 50g units of tea delivered to your door each month for 3 months.

    What you are getting:
    450g 180 cups = $1.25/cup
    15%* Donation = $24 to Farming Partners

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    Pledge CA$ 375 or more About $282

    The Globe Trotter: 3 Month Fling

    The Globe Trotter 3 Month Fling includes:
    Five 50g units of tea delivered to your door each month for 3 months.

    What you are getting:
    750g = 300 cups = $1.25/cup
    15%* Donation = $49 to Farming Partners

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    Pledge CA$ 585 or more About $440

    The Explorer: Year Long Relationship

    The Explorer Year Long Relationship includes:
    Three 50g units of tea delivered to your door each month for 3 months.

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    Shisso Tea Japanese Experience

    Shisso Tea Japanese Experience Includes:
    5 Limited Edition 100g Japanese Teas in Japanese Copper tins, Matcha, Matcha Bowl, Whisk, Holder, Stand and a copy of The Book of Tea.

    What you are getting:
    500g = 200 cups = $1.25/cup
    5 Copper Tins = $15/tin = $75
    15%* Donation = $75.25 to Farming Partners

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    Pledge CA$ 975 or more About $733

    The GlobeTrotter: Year Long Relationship

    The Globe Trotter Year Long Relationship includes:
    Five 50g units of tea delivered to your door each month for 12 months with an additional five 50g surprises at the end of your subscription.

    What you are getting:
    3.25kg = 1300 cups = $0.75/cup
    15%* Donation = $104 to Farming Partners

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    An Exclusive Mad Tea Party for 5

    This Exclusive Mad Tea Party in the Park with the Founder includes:
    You and 5 Friends can join our Founder Vanessa Chislett for Tea, Food Pairings and lot of FUN! (Summer 2019)

    Local Calgary Residence Only.

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    Globe Trotting Sourcing Trip

    Join on an epic journey to travel to visit our tea growing partners in China. This reward will include; Flights, Transportation, Stay and Food.

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