Brendon Collins, Arakai Tea
Arakai Estate is a family owned and operated farm at Bellthorpe in the Conondale Ranges. Our 158Ha property is perched at 580m altitude, enjoying a sub-tropical/temperate climate with abundant rainfall and rich red volcanic soil. Large parts of the farm are heavily forested with native hardwoods, patches of majestic old-growth rainforest and FSC® Certified mixed rainforest plantations. We also mill timber as well as grow beautiful Hass avocados, myriad small crops and award-winning whole leaf tea.
Our 1Ha tea plantation has around 5km of Japanese green tea hedges that we established over 3 years of planting. Good maintenance and holistic practices to encourage healthy, vigorous growth are paramount to achieving a clean harvest. We built our own harvester to pick the fresh leaves which then go to our on-site processing shed to be carefully turned into a delicious, unique Chinese-style whole leaf tea.
The aim was to grow Japanese tea varieties, processed in a Chinese/Taiwanese style, for Australian tastes. We were told it couldn't be done! Our recent success in the Australian Tea Masters' Golden Leaf Awards is fantastic recognition of the time and effort we've put in to create our own style of Premium Australian green and black whole leaf teas.
Best Australian Green Tea 2015
Overall Winner: Green Tea Category 2015
Best Australian Black Tea 2015
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