The alpine valley where the tea farm is located offers ideal climatic conditions for the cultivation of herbs and flowers. The herbs are exposed to a bracing climate 1,000m above sea level in the alps, where they grow slowly and build up a high concentration of nutrients. The farm's location on the south-facing mountainside means a greater number of days with intense sunlight per year and large temperature differences between night and day.
The many herbs on this farm grow amidst the highly diverse alpine flora of the mountainous landscape, and benefit from the many fresh sources of water in the vicinity. The farm is located in one of the most forested counties in Switzerland. The farming practices of this family-owned business take advantage of this idyllic landscape while also preserving its natural state; the farm has cultivated herbs according to organic standards since 1982. As a result of all these factors, the herbs are robust and resilient, and are able to develop a particularly aromatic character.
Despite long and cold winters, the warm sun in the spring brings forth vibrant meadows full of diverse alpine herbs. The peak bloom of the fields is heavily weather dependent and may occur in May or June. Weeds are carefully removed by hand before the harvest, and the harvest itself is carried out using modern machinery. After harvest, the leaves and flowers are gently dried in-house at temperatures no higher than 40°C. The stalks are then removed, and the leaves and flowers are roughly cut before being packaged.
This tea is 100% directly sourced from the tea farm in Grisons, Switzerland (Alps).