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Teatime in Luxembourg? Yes, of course!
The village of Schleif, located in the north of Luxembourg, is home to a small fabric, where aromatic tea blends, labelled 100 % ‘Made in Luxembourg’, are being produced. Charel Marx of the ‘Kräidergenossenschaft Téi vum Séi’ has been involved in this production since the beginning and is a self-confessed and passionate tea drinker. The aromatic varieties that are produced here, are not only available in supermarkets, but also on Letzshop.
Please introduce yourself
My name is Charel Marx and I am one of the founding members of the agricultural cooperative ‘d’Kräidergenossenschaft Téi vum Séi’ of Winseler. In 1993, this cooperative was founded as part of a LEADER project that aimed to develop rural areas. And so we were the first of the many ‘vum Séi’ projects that came into being in the Uewersauer Nature Park. In 2016, we moved from Winseler to the new tea factory in Schleif.
Where does the name ‘Téi vum Séi’ come from?
The name ‘vum Séi’ can be traced back to the region of the reservoir. In the catchment area of the reservoir, crops should be cultivated that do not pollute the drinking water of the reservoir with fertiliser. Based on this prerequisite, we have worked out a specification together with the nature park, which has sustainable water protection and nature conservation as its goal. Therefore, on our teas it says: ‘Our plants are grown without chemical fertilisers and pesticides in the nature parks.’
Which tea varieties do you produce?
According to our specifications, we offer teas that used to be found in gardens, such as camomile, lemon balm, peppermint, fennel and mallow, but also traditional kitchen herbs like parsley, marjoram, dill, tarragon, sage and thyme. But we also grow and process stinging nettle and blackberry leaves. Of course, we also use various herbs for our tea blends that do not come from the region, such as rooibos.
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The production process
The farmers, which are of course all members of our cooperative, grow the plants in their field. These are then harvested and brought to our tea factory where they are gently dried in modern drying cabinets. This method is the most gentle for the herbs but also the most time-consuming. But thanks to this method, a maximum of ingredients and valuable substances of the plants are preserved. After drying, the plants are then stored and further processed.
The label ‘Made in Luxembourg’
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