Orballo was created by young entrepreneurs in 2012 in Paderne, in the region of ``As Mariñas'' in A Coruña, being the first tea plantation in continental Europe. Galicia has a mild and humid climate, with cool summers and mild winters, as well as an acidic soil very similar to that of China and Indonesia, plenty of water and shade, ideal conditions for growing tea. This means that Galician tea is on a par with Indonesian tea.
The name ``Orballo'', which means ``rocío'' in Spanish, was chosen precisely to reflect these climatic characteristics of Galicia, in particular the humidity and its influence on the growth of plants, including tea. It also evokes a sense of freshness and purity, qualities that are reflected in its products.
Its value proposition is to offer a top quality, ecological and sustainable product. To do so, they take care of the entire production process, ensuring that their products are obtained at the optimum moment and under optimum conditions and are then carefully processed by experts. During these processes, they ensure that no pesticides, herbicides or synthetic chemicals harmful to health come into direct contact with the product, thus achieving a 100% ecological product. In addition, they avoid the use of synthetic additives that may harm the ecosystem, respecting both nature and the biodiversity that surrounds them.
This care for the quality and conditions of the product has led it to win awards and certifications, placing Galicia on the world map of tea.
This supplier, located just 30km from Brasa de Beche, is another of our bets for local products.
In addition to production, Orballo has sought to share their passion and knowledge about tea with the public. They have opened their doors to guided tours, where visitors can learn about the tea growing process, learn about its properties and enjoy tastings. They have also participated in fairs and events related to tea, thus spreading the Galician tea culture. In this blog you can see a post about the Ruta do Mandeo, in which we visited Orballo.