GUWAHATI: Two Assamese childhood friends Upamanyu Borkakoty and Anshuman Bharali invented the world's first 'bag-less tea bag that is 100% eco-friendly.
Aside from this patent-pending innovation, which combines authentic whole-leaf and bud delicacy with convenience, a previously unattainable combination, each unit can be reused up to four times, unfolds its own narrative.
Borkakoty met an organic tea farmer, farming loose whole-leaf teas in Sivasagar. He felt the tea to be smoother and more pleasant. He then called his CA-pursuant business associate, Bharali, right away and asked him to meet the farmer, they both decided to try their hand at tea production.
The pair had previously researched the tea markets in China, and they were eager to start something fresh, so they created The Tea Leaf Theory.
They eventually landed on compression techniques and developed tea bags that captured the flavour of semi-processed teas in a boxed product. They created their definitive bag-less tea-bag revolution by combining whole leaves and buds with a 100 per cent raw, natural, and pure complaint thread.
In 2016, they founded the company to help small organic tea farmers in Assam, Meghalaya, and Darjeeling. It's a B2B marketplace that sources authentic speciality tea varietals from farmers and sells them in both domestic and foreign markets.
They chose to reinvent their handcrafted speciality tea products after three years of experience running a tea business. They re-invested DTC ( Direct to Customer) profits and trained two of the company's finest farmers.
Despite the time-consuming nature of the operation, it has provided work for roughly 40 women involved in the packing process.
The finest thing, according to Upamanyu, is that their entire process is done in one location, unlike most other teabag processors. "Typically, the leaves are harvested from the farms and taken to another location for drying and sorting," he explains, adding, "From there, it is sent for packaging, and it takes weeks before it reaches the local seller." The women collect tea leaves from farms, compress them, and package them. It then goes straight to the customer. Because moisture does not leak in during several transportations, the shelf life of the leaves is extended."
All the customer has to do is take the True dip and place it in hot water once it arrives. In four to five minutes, the compacted leaves will unfurl. Each sachet can be used two to three times, depending on personal preference.