MKB Asia Pvt. Ltd.

Humble Origins

In the late 1970s, our founders bought a piece of denuded forest land in Upper Assam surrounded by the last remaining rainforest in the Eastern Himalayas. This region is called the Doom Doma Tea Belt, and is considered the best tea-growing region (terroir) in the world due to its soil characteristics.

Over the next twenty years our founders planted one of the finest tea gardens in Assam today, Satrupa Tea Estate. Satrupa offers exceptionally high quality tealeaves that's hand harvested and manufactured into black tea. Satrupa's tea factory is 60,000 square feet and has most advanced rolling tables, dryers and sorting machines including Japanese color sorters.

Growing Wholesome Foods

Our founders' conviction to farming tea without the use of synthetic fertilizers lead to their encounter with a gentleman named Mr. Peter Proctor from New Zealand. Mr. Proctor is one of the most dynamic holistic farming proponents of the last century, and our founders were the perfect recruits for the job.

Since the early-1990s MKB & Reeta became aggressive propagators of biodynamic farming, renewable energy (building their own micro-hydel power plant), and multi-cropping (they commercially farm along with tea over a dozen other crops like oranges, rice, banana, black peppercorns and ginger).

Satrupa Tea Estate

Land Holding:
900+ acres

Elevation:
500+ feet above sea level

GPS Coordinates:
2728’42”N 9550’36”E

Current Status:
• Farmed using biodynamic farming methodology
• Producing exceptional teas in both orthodox and CTC grades

Certification:
3rd year Organic-in-Transition (certified by Control Union). Fully organic from March 2013.
Rani Tea Estate

Land Holding:
900+ acres

Elevation:
400+ feet above sea level

GPS Coordinates:
2603’38”N 9136’38”E

Current Status:
• Farmed biodynamic for 15 years and certified-organic by IMO Switzerland till 2010.
• Closed for production since March 2010 arson attack. Expected re-start in autumn 2013.
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Gones, at his hangout in Satrupa Tea Estate (2012). He is 9 years old, and joined our family after Lokhi, our family elephant of 30+ years died in 2006, aged approximately 72 years old.
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Cow Pat Pit (CPP) house in Satrupa (2012). CPP is used as natural fertilizer for the tea plants. Satrupa is farmed using biodynamic philosophy as taught by Mr. Peter Proctor of New Zealand.
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A scene from Satrupa (2012): Gones heading home after spending the night foraging in the jungle.
The shade trees have black peppercorn creepers on them that we harvest twice a year.
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A scene from Rani (2010): The new tea factory's second floor on fire after being looted and fire bombed by arsonists on March 23, 2010.