Here at Wot Batu, we celebrate the awareness of our surroundings, the meaningful essences of life.
Above is a picture of how we can share our values and interests with palettes thus exist in everyday life. A little sneak peek of what we have prepared for our beloved friends and family. And did you know? Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world after water. It is an accessible, incredibly healthy and versatile beverage that has made many people in the world helplessly fall in love with it, including our next partner, @Havilla_Tea
We made a small gathering including the Havilla Tea as our main introduction towards tea cupping a few months a go. Havilla Tea is a pioneer of new wave Indonesian-based tea brand, @havilla_tea believes that tea has so much potential to offer and we want to make it possible for every tea lover to experience it. And as for Wot Batu, your presence and the awareness of what really matters is what we believe could have been experienced in this Morning Tea Cupping Event.
We decided to create another event following up the last one, and this time it is up and open for public, the tea selection was quite different. Havilla’s well curated tea taste, for this one started from Indonesian Tea, Chinese Tea, Nepal Tea, Sri Lankan and South African Tea. All very exotic and widely spread around the globe. For closure, we have prepared some nice treats from the @arromanis as we open up new selections for the guests,
Mr. Sunaryo and his wife, Mrs. Heti Sunaryo as they join this cupping with the other guests
Here is a little detail of Havilla Curated Tea section:
- Indonesian Tea
- Plants producing tea (Camellia sinensis) first went into Indonesia year 1684, in the form of tea seeds (supposedly tea sinensis) from Japan brought by an actor named Andreas Cleyer, Germany and planted as an ornamental plant in Batavia. In the 18th century began to stand up factories processing (packaging) tea [need reference] and supported the VOC.
- Yunnan Province has also been identified as “the birthplace of tea…the first area where humans figured out that eating tea leaves or brewing a cup could be pleasant.”Fengqing County in the Lincang City Prefecture of Yunnan Province in China is said to be home to the world’s oldest cultivated tea tree, some 3,200 years old
- Nepal Tea
- Nepal has a long history of Tea cultivation, initiated with the establishment of Ilam Tea Estate in the Hills of Ilam District in 1863. However, it is believed by historians that the first Tea bushes in Nepal were grown from seeds which were given as a gift by the Chinese Emperor to the then Prime Minister and de facto ruler of Nepal, Jung Bahadur Rana. It is believed that Tea plantation in Nepal started within the same decade, when it was introduced in Darjeeling Hills of India. Mr. Gajaraj Singh Thapa is the remarkable name in Nepalese Tea history who planted Tea first time in Ilam District of Nepal
- Srilankan Tea
- The plantations started by the British were initially taken over by the government in the 1960s, but have been privatized and are now run by ‘plantation companies’ which own a few ‘estates’ or tea plantations each.
- South African Tea
- In 1772, Swedish naturalist Carl Thunberg noted, “the country people made tea” from a plant related to rooibos or redbush. Traditionally, the local people would climb the mountains and cut the fine, needle-like leaves from wild rooibos plants. They then rolled the bunches of leaves into hessian bags and brought them down the steep slopes using donkeys. The leaves were then chopped with axes and bruised with hammers, before being left to dry in the sun.In 1904, Benjamin Ginsberg ran a variety of experiments at Rondegat Farm, finally curing rooibos. He simulated the traditional Chinese method of making Keemun by fermenting the tea in barrels.
Well, that is enough talking about tea, now lets see the pictures, and wait for more upcoming posts from us, friends.