Our Story

Our Story

Back in 2015 while searching for ways to sustainably diversify our farm, we were inspired by a radio programme on tea production in new growing countries. Could Jersey tea be a thing?

Far from being a plant just suited to the steamy tropics, we learned that the Camellia sinensis tea bush grows more slowly in cooler conditions, which encourages finesse and fine flavour in the finished tea.

The knowledge that our Jersey climate had potential to produce high quality tea captivated us, and we immediately began our research.

Come 2017 we were more than satisfied by the merits of three sheltered microclimates and started planting. Six acres on, and a few lessons learned, our plants had bedded in well and we’d experimented widely with different processing techniques to establish what best suited our Jersey tea leaves. 

We launched in November 2020 with small batches of whole-leaf black, green and white tea, all complex and expressive examples. 

We’re very proud of what this young Jersey tea company has managed to achieve in a short time, and unashamedly enjoy to sip and savour the results of our efforts – we hope that you too will enjoy our tea.

Meet some of our talented tea team below.

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Alicia Gentili

Project Manager &
Tea Maker

When it comes to tea, I’m as enthusiastic as they come. I delight in all aspects of the magical beverage from its rich history, ability to connect cultures, facilitate social gatherings, inspire mindfulness and, of course, to its sublime taste and aroma. 

I’ve worked across many sectors in the tea industry but from the first moment I made tea in Oregon, I knew I’d found my calling. 

Growing and making tea in a new growing region is a challenge I’ve whole-heartedly embraced, and I’m thrilled by what we’re achieving so quickly and by the exciting prospects to come.

Solenne Federici

Tea Making Assistant
As a graduate tour guide from the South of France, I spent many years working in tourism and the wine industry when four years ago I decided to pursue a different path: tea.
Working with passion is most important to me, and I have always been an unconditional tea lover so the change was self-evident. Tea presents the opportunity to highlight all my senses, and the vast world of tea provides a new learning experience every day – a discovery, and a challenge.
Being in Jersey is such an amazing opportunity to expand my knowledge, and it is an absolute honour to work in such a lovely new tea region.
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