Welcome to Daokrajai Lanna Thai Teas
Daokrajai Lanna Fine Teas are the result of the dedication, enthusiasm and co-operation between an Englishman and a family of tea farmers in Northern Thailand.
It’s tea time on a windy mountainside in Northern Thailand, and John Wombwell sips appreciatively at a cup of his favorite brew.
“lt’s an Oolong green tea, my favorite,” he says. “lt has a sweet, creamy texture and is easy on the palate. I drink it every day.”
There’s no shortage of John’s favorite tea, which grows in abundance on a plantation which he promotes internationally.
The Oolong and four other varieties grown on the Daokrajai estate near Mae Salong in Chiang Rai Province, are offered at restaurants, hotels, spas, tea shops, online and at an ever growing number of outlets worldwide.
John has always been an appreciative tea-drinker- “I remember my grandmother, a farmer’s wife in England, and her utter disdain for tea-bags, and I suppose something of her attitude rubbed off on me.”
During a visit to Thailand John heard of the tea plantations in the north and this led him to discover an estate near Mae Salong, the center of tea growing in Northern Thailand and of an agricultural area mostly farmed by hill tribe villagers and descendants of Chinese refugees from the 1949 Communist takeover.
John fell in love with the country, the people and the farmers on the estate and offered to help market the tea, in Thailand and abroad.
“lt’s been many years of quite hard work but certainly a worthwhile project,” he says with almost missionary zeal.
He makes sure that the tea is grown organically. “Growers in China like to use chemical insecticides and fertilizer, but they’re banned at the Daokrajai estate,” he said.
The estate has been worked for nearly 40 years by the same family, who have taken John into their hearts, enthusiastically backing his efforts to market the tea outside Thailand.
Since those early days Daokrajai teas have become known amongst an ever growing number of tea lovers and have a reputation for quality, sound business practices and unparallelled customer service.