top of page
Certified plantation farmer Tenzing Bodo

Farmer-to-Cup

We foster direct relationships with small farms from around the globe.

Smaller Farms. Clean Ingredients.

Since 2012 Metolius Tea has actively sourced as many ingredients as possible direct from small co-op and family-owned farms, buying local whenever possible. While there is a place for corporate scale, we have found more vibrant flavors, values and relationships at the individual level. While some of our farmers are too small to be certified organic (a big business unto itself), they all practice sustainable farming, have a social cause and have a commitment to growing clean. Below are the stories of a few of our most cherished farmers.

Drying Organic Lemongrass, Chamomile and

Eastern Kenya

We source lemongrass, chamomile, and hibiscus from a women’s farming co-op in Eastern Kenya. Their mission is to empower women, alleviate poverty, and improve farmers’ standard of living. The 470 small-scale farmers receive sustainable incomes, education, irrigation, and financial services in exchange for their quality, organically grown herbs.

Meru Herbs

Copy of Elephant refuge gift photo-lowre

Assam, India

Located in northeast India, the Assam region is renown for its bountiful tea gardens. However, the high-volume of production has brought tea farmers and elephants into conflict. Aware of the increasing issue there is a growing conservation movement to introduce elephant friendly practices. We source a portion of our tea from Bodosa Farms, owned by Tenzing Bodosa and his family, which was the first tea garden in the world to become Certified Elephants Friendly.

Bodosa Farms

vanilla 2.jpg

Madagascar

Our partner in Madagascar sources our vanilla  direct from co-op farmers who practice sustainable farming in an effort to protect the unique rainforest biodiversity in the north-east coast of Madagascar. This direct-trade model ensures farmers are paid a premium for their crops while providing a globally competitive product.

Lafaza Farms