Today’s post is brought to you by SuzasSIPpi’s Vintage Tea Cup and Rakkasan Tea Company’s Kanchenjunga Oolong from Nepal. The vintage tea cup of the day is Anchor Hocking’s Alice Jade Ite. It is jade green, with a floral motif along the rim of the cup, c. 1945-1948. The saucer is the Anchor Hocking Fire King Jane Ray design, 1945-1963.
The tea is sourced from eastern Nepal by the Rakkasan Tea Company, a fairly new small business from Dallas, Texas. My long-time friend Jane sent me a sampler pack of teas from Rakkasan and introduced me to them. Their teas are outstanding; their mission and commitment is inspiring, and the kind of company that I like to support. The Kanchenjunga Oolong is grown organically at a small family farm in the Himalayan foothills, near Kanchenjunga Mountain–third highest in the world. I have enjoyed other Nepalese teas from Rakkasan since I began buying from them, like Black Ruby and Himalayan Golden Tips, so when I saw a Nepali oolong was included in the set, I was on board. I am having my second pot of Kanchenjunga this morning, and like the other Nepali teas, it does not disappoint.
I also appreciate co-owner Brandon Friedman’s periodic email updates on new products and what’s happening in the business. It is his personal outreach to customers that motivates me to continue supporting this company and this cause: sourcing excellent teas from post-conflict countries. It fits well with my personal mission of peace, justice, and an equitable world. This time, he included a personal note of how COVID-19 is affecting small businesses, including his.
I sent in my order: one for me and one for my friend. My friend sent in her order to gift others. Perhaps some of the recipients will also see the value in the Rakkasan Tea Company, beyond just the fact that they provide excellent teas. There are many things we cannot do right now, but for those of us fortunate enough to still have income, one of the things we can do is support small businesses and others who are at economic risk.
Take 2 minutes and watch the video from Brandon. It will make you appreciate a whole lot more than just good tea.
Sending out peace, love, and health, and now adding hope. Without hope, we lose one of the fundamental human characteristics that makes us able to adapt and thrive. Pass it on, and if someone needs help, give it to them.