|Wednesday, 03 November 2010 00:00|
Hello Kindred Spirits,
Exploring the beautiful Greenfield Estate in Sri Lanka, where leaves for my English Breakfast, Earl Grey Twist and Sultry Chai are grown and processed, was an absolute joy. I was most impressed with conditions there. The 200 workers and their extended families all live on the estate (that's over a thousand people) as they have for generations. Everywhere I looked I saw well-dressed smiling workers and children - there is even a child care centre.
The owners of Greenfield Estate are quite experimental and quirky. At the moment, they are trialling oolong teas imported (in a suitcase I believe) from Taiwan; and biodynamic multi-storey planting, with coffee as the higher story. They also have a beautiful lemon tree heaving with fruit in the middle of a tea field, imported from Cypress; which they use for the dried peel for certain citrus blends.
Until the next, and sadly, the last leg of my adventure, au revoir!