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We don’t just buy hemp tea, we make it! We are involved in the entire production process, from seed to cup. Just imagine how great it feels to see the plant grow into a lovely cup of tea. Take a quick tour through our production process.
Hemp cultivation and hemp harvesting
The hemp plants that make our heavenly hemp tea, are grown in Groningen, in the North ot the Netherlands. We sow the seeds at the beginning of May. The hemp plants grow incredibly fast, and by half August they are over 3 meters tall. That is when the harvest crew of Dun Agro comes in, with their special hemp harvesting machines. They separate the leafs and flowers from the stems of the plant. Next, we dry them and cut them – not too small! – so that they nicely fit into your tea strainer.
Packing the tea with dedication at a social enterprise
Than a dedicated job starts: packing the tea. This is all done by hand, at a social enterprise in The Netherlands. This organisation provides sheltered employment to people with disabilities.
With great precision and dedication every employee fulfills one step in the process. Opening the bags, weighing exactly 40 grams, folding the bag and neatly closing it with the tin strip.
This organisation meets all the norms of food safetey, HACCP and FSSC22000, so that we are assured of a clean and food grade process. Read more about our biodegradable tea packaging.
Creating the hemp tea blends
Dutch Harvest comes in a pure variety as well as in 3 delicate blends. We have created thes blends with the help of ‘tea sommelier’ Karlijn Dapper. In our blends we use only pure, certified organic herbs. No sugar, no artificial flavouring no… nothing! As pure as monther nature created it.
Organic and Eko
Hemp is a fast-growing crop. The powerful, strong plants can reach a stunning 3 meters (10 ft) in just 100 days. We grow our hemp fully organically. Moreover, it improves the soil structure and absorbs large amounts of CO2.
Dutch Harvest is certified organic by SKAL, the Dutch control authority dedicated to proving the reliability of organic products in the Netherlands.
We have also been awarded the EKO label. This label goes beyond organic certification, awarding extra social and sustainable measures. Because we use a local crop (hemp!), because our packaging is biodegradable and because the tea is packed at a social enterprise, we were awarded this label.