Suwirun has 280 employees mainly from Myanmar on the planation that we visited. This plantation produces approximately 1000 tonnes of tea from 7 harvests a year.
Working in the field
The plantation is essentially self-sufficient with cattle, chickens, rice, vegetables and fish ponds that feed the workers who live on the plantation. Nearly all of the herbal tea ingredients are grown on the plantation. They are organically certified by One Cert International and the Department of Agriculture has granted Thai Tea Suwirun “Organic Thailand Agriculture Standards Certification”.
Thai Tea Suwirun maintain a focus of providing knowledge about tea to local farmers, and encouraging more farmers to start growing tea organically. They have been selected by the Thai Government as “Organic Tea Plantation Example” within the province of Chiang Rai. (Northern Thailand). Thai Tea Suwirun maintain a focus of providing knowledge about tea to local farmers, and encouraging more farmers to start growing tea organically. They use different herbs and flowers to combat pests. The fertiliser is made on the plantation using a fermented process that includes 4000 eggs.
Spraying Organic fertiliser
They are always developing new products to bring to market. They grow, process and supply quality organic tea leaves from more than 32 cultivars of Camellia sinensis. Their teas are divided into groups including black, green,oolong and now branching into herbal .
A herbal garden with Pandan, Lemon Grass, Ginger and other goodies
All of the tea is processed on site.
Thai Tea Suwirun applies the most up-to-date manufacturing processes with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and ISO9001: V 2000 standard instruments and mechanics to ensure the best quality tea. Thai Tea Suwirun meets European and International requirements for food hygiene - Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP). In addition they have been certified as “Halal” by the Central Islamic Council of Thailand and are one of only 223 companies in the Thai food and agricultural industry allowed to carry the Thailand Trust Mark - an endorsement of selected high quality products from Thailand. The Thailand Trust Mark was created under the Royal Thai Government, through the Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce.
The scale of the processing operation
The final product
From Tea leaf to Oolong Tea
Plantation tea shop
Jaruwan and her sister giving us a taste of their tea at the on site tea shop. Their main tea shop is in Chiang Rai.
They also gave us a delicious lunch with each dish having some tea in it. Macha tea noodles, tempera tea leaves, tea curry, tea salad and Macha Ice cream to name a few.
Delicious food made from tea