Discover the Rich History and Sustainable Practices of Hadong Green Tea: A Korean Treasure

Hadong, a picturesque region in South Korea, has been renowned for its exceptional green tea for over 1,200 years. At SEEIN, we take pride in sourcing our green tea from this historic and environmentally conscious area. Join us as we explore the fascinating history and sustainable practices that make Hadong green tea a true gem in the world of tea.

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A Legacy of Royal Appreciation

 

For centuries, Korean kings have enjoyed the exquisite flavors of Hadong tea. This long-standing royal appreciation is a testament to the superior quality and unique characteristics of the tea produced in this region. The tea’s rich history adds depth and character to every cup, making it a truly special experience for tea lovers around the world.

 

Ideal Growing Conditions

 

Hadong‘s geography and climate create the perfect environment for growing exceptional green tea. With an average annual rainfall of 1,358mm, a mean temperature of 13.2°C, and a significant gap between minimum and maximum temperatures, the tea plants thrive in this region. The natural shading provided by the mountains, combined with the ideal soil composition (gravel and a pH of 4.4-5) and high soil moisture content (90%), contribute to the distinct flavor profile of Hadong green tea.

 

Commitment to Organic Cultivation

 

The Institute of Hadong Green Tea, established in 2005, has been at the forefront of promoting organic tea cultivation in the region. In 2007, they made the significant decision to convert to organic cultivation, demonstrating their commitment to sustainable farming practices. This dedication to organic methods ensures that the tea produced is free from harmful chemicals and pesticides, allowing the natural flavors of the tea to shine through.

 

Empowering Small Farmers

 

One of the most remarkable aspects of Hadong tea production is the involvement and empowerment of small farmers. The Institute of Hadong Green Tea provides education and training to the top 25 small farmers out of the 2,000 in the region. By encouraging and supporting these farmers to adopt organic cultivation methods, the institute is not only promoting sustainable practices but also helping to preserve the traditional knowledge and techniques that have been passed down through generations.

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Preserving Traditional Varieties


Hadong green tea is made from a domestic variety that has been traditionally used in the region. This variety is known for its unique umami flavor and chestnut scent, setting it apart from other green teas. By focusing on this traditional variety, the farmers of Hadong are preserving the region’s tea heritage and ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy this exceptional tea.

 

Sustainable Harvesting Practices


In addition to organic cultivation, the farmers of Hadong employ sustainable harvesting practices. The mountainous terrain requires special equipment that is easily applicable to the area, and the traditional custom of “Du-re,” a joint labor organization, allows farmers to help each other during the harvest season. This sense of community and cooperation is essential to the success of Hadong’s tea production.

 

Quality Assurance and Certifications


To ensure the highest quality and safety standards, the Institute of Hadong Green Tea conducts rigorous sampling and inspection processes. The tea leaves are analyzed for key components such as free amino acids, which contribute to the tea’s unique taste. The institute has also obtained numerous certifications, including organic certifications from Korea, the EU, and the USA, as well as UTZ, HALAL, KOSHER, SQF, and FDA certifications.


At SEEIN, we are proud to offer Hadong green tea to our customers, knowing that every cup represents a rich history, sustainable practices, and the dedication of the small farmers who make it all possible. By supporting Hadong tea, we are not only providing our customers with an exceptional product but also contributing to the preservation of a valuable tea heritage and the empowerment of local communities.