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A STORY IS BORN
The story starts in 2012, when Bahniman saw that a major IT company was using digital marketing as an enabler to connect with customers worldwide looking for technical solutions and that triggered the possibility to deliver the freshest teas via internet. Toward this end, research was carried out in the tea consumption patterns in different counties of the world and India’s share in that market.
People were accustomed to drinking tea as it became available to them that were sanctioned by a century old system and it was time to make tea available as it should be, to everyone. Bahniman and Jayanta, both co-founders immediately started working on a plan to offer an additional mode of sale to the centuries-old industry and popularize tea on the lines of fine wines and brand Assam as a tea destination along with promoting tourism in NE India, where tourists visit and stay in Heritage Bungalows in Tea Gardens. They wanted to offer visits and tours of fields and the tea factory to experience the toil and sweat that goes behind producing that exhilarating cuppa.
A concept paper was thus created and shared/discussed with a select few personalities from the industry and got support.
However, there is a concern which diametrically affects the overall tea experience: while browsing the Internet, when they came across an article published in The Guardian on 1st March, 2014 about the tea pickers of Assam who were sold into slavery. They did some research on the subject and learned that in 1948 slavery and the slave trade were outlawed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Today over 30 million people are enslaved worldwide: more than at any time in history. The primary reason for enslavement is poverty and even in the most organized sector such as the tea industry; they can’t afford to pay a better wage to tea workers as their teas do not fetch remunerative price in the auction, making tea pickers vulnerable to human traffickers who promise better wage.
Therefore using technology as an enabler, TeaOrb has created a Food & Beverage hybrid e-commerce marketplace for producers from NE India, allowing them to collectively deliver their finest and freshest produce directly to consumers worldwide and fetch a better price, as roles are minimized, affecting their payment capacity for better wage to tea workers and access to programs and services to tackle climate change and offer tea tourism. Apart from marketing and tourism, TeaOrb also has a consulting wing to provide guidance to producers in scientific agricultural practice in tea cultivation, modern manufacturing process in factory, marketing of the produce, matters related to Food Safety Standards Act 2006 and Tea Board of India's directives on Plant Protection Code (PPC).
TEAORB.COM was unveiled through a soft launch on 21st December, 2016.
In 2005, Amy Dubin opened the first Indian Tea Shop called ‘Janam Indian Tea’ in the Western Hemisphere located just outside of New York City, which is now making a comeback as 'Janam Tea'. Her company specilizes in only exclusive, rare and speciality single-origin teas. Her B.A. is in Film and she worked in the early 90's as a video editor in a New York ad agency. Her marketing and branding experience is diverse in both roles and industries. She currently serves as the Sponsorship Director for her local AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) chapter