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Mogok Tea
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Mogok Tea: FIVE TREES ESTATE

Mogok, a town 200km north of Mandalay in Myanmar, is best known for mining rubies and gemstones. Mining here has had a heavy impact on the environment in recent decades. Hidden in the mountains is the Five Trees Estate, named after the five ancient trees at the entrance. Shaded by these trees are a Buddhist temple and several smaller sanctuaries. The entire estate is owned by Phyu Thwe’s family and the birthplace of Mogok Tea: a micro tea factory specialising in making organic loose leaf tea.

OFFERING AN ALTERNATIVE

Phyu Thwe left Myanmar to finish her studies in the UK. Meanwhile, she is an ambitious accountant in London. But the gap between prosperous London and the situation in her home country got Phyu thinking: she wanted to give something back to her native region. With Mogok Tea, she hopes to provide her family and employees with a better quality of life. And she simultaneously offers an eco-friendly alternative to local mining.

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"Our logo for Mogok is a "big tree with birds – it’s from my mother who has told me to be the big tree that can shelter hundreds of birds. This is what Mogok does, it was created with the aim of providing people in my village financial security, job security, and opportunities to learn and grow."
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Phyu Thwe
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TEA IN MYANMAR

Myanmar is best known for its green tea. But it does not enjoy the same appreciation as green tea from, say, China or Japan. It is Phyu’s mission to change this. At the Five Trees Estate, with the help of The Scottish Tea Factory and tea consultant Beverly Wainwright, she has built out a fine offering: Black Ruby, Tiny Green Temple and Tree White Spirit. 

The entire production process of these black, green and white teas was refined based on many experiments. Today, the plantations in Mogok consist of 100 hectares of old tea plants and 80 hectares of new tea plants. This small tea plantation produces 25 kg of tea every month, entirely by hand, and in harmony with nature.

GOLDEN AWARD AT THE LEAFIES

The work of Phyu and her team did not go unnoticed. At the Leafies award ceremony at the UK Tea Academy, she won no less than 3 prizes:

  • The ‘Tea for Life’ special award
  • Golden award for Black Ruby
  • Highly Commended award for Tiny Temple Green  

The Tea For Life award is given to plantations that focus on economic recovery and/or improving the welfare of people who depend on the plantation for their livelihood.

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"Making tea has made me a better person, if I had to choose to do anything, any time of the day, I would choose to make tea. It has given me a new family, even though I am far away from home."
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Phyu Thwe
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Mogok Tea

MISSION OF MOGOK TEA

Mogok Tea’s mission is clear:

  • Producing high-quality organic teas in harmony with nature
  • Protecting the environment by developing production methods that prioritise sustainability
  • Enhancing the quality of life of family and employees
  • Providing an eco-friendly alternative to mining by training local people in tea, through hands-on training at Mogok’s tea factory

Discover Our Producers

Explore the terroirs of Mogok, Satemwa, Wang Family, Ceylon Artisanal, Kanchanjangha, and Wilder Land through our meticulously sourced loose leaf teas. From the misty mountains of Mogok to the lush fields of Kanchanjangha, each tea tells a unique story of craftsmanship and flavor. Immerse yourself in the world of exceptional loose leaf teas, crafted with passion and expertise by our esteemed partners.

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