CHAMPATEA: Be The Mountain

by Pablo Friedländer in Champaquí

We did it
On 25th June 2018 we successfully raised £30,605 with 66 supporters in 63 days

Restoring mountain cloud forest through native wild harvested tea.

by Pablo Friedländer in Champaquí

New stretch target

With this amount of funding we can train additional rangers and volunteers, double our educational workshop activity and build our own herb drying facility at Champaqui.


CHAMPATEA - MILKING THE CLOUDS
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WHAT WE DO

We really do produce tea in order to plant trees.

It's a little more complex than that, but not by much.

Our first funding target is £18k. With this we can sustain our forest regeneration work for one whole year, planting 1000's of trees and performing multiple educational programs. We will also be able to harvest another small batch of wild herbs to continue making  Champatea.

Your purchase of this tea directly helps us plant trees. In fact each box equates to one tree re-planted on Champaqui Mountain. And we aren’t just talking about any old tree. 

The Tabaquillo Tree is native to high altitude regions of central Argentina and plays a major role in the water cycle. These trees are nature’s true alchemists. Mountain forests collect moisture from rain and mist, replenishing clean water systems and sustaining all life - Milking The Clouds. However decades of cattle farming, deforestation and forest fires have removed vast Tabaquillo forests and severely damaged the ecosystem. Without them rainwater has no way to be stored,  filtered or redistributed but instead contributes to flooding and soil erosion. Without these trees our wild herbs would not grow in abundance and there would be no such thing as Champatea.

THE PRODUCT

We harvest a selection of wild herbs that grow on the west slopes of Champaquí Mountain in central Argentina, a place of outstanding natural beauty and environmental significance. Home to ancient 'cloud forests' that not only provide habitat to giant condors, white eagles and pumas but are also the source of pristine water that serves millions of people.

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TRADITION

Our unique blend of wild herbs have been used medicinally by locals in the Córdoba region of Argentina for millennia and will make you feel invigorated, energised and calm. Their medicinal qualities are well known by some, however this knowledge and environment is in danger of  being lost.

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The wild herbs that we use in Champatea are harvested by hand by local gaucho families. These mountain herbs are located on slopes only accessible by mule or horseback.  Expertise such as best growing areas, sustainable harvesting methods and harvest timings have been passed down from generation to generation.

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We have created a limited edition run of 1000 Champatea collectable tins and want you to be the first people to have one. All profits from sales of our tea and the proceeds of this Crowdfunder campaign will go toward our work on Champaquí Mountain and surrounding areas. 

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THE PLAN

Our mission is to restore  damaged 'cloud forest' and educate local communities to the importance of this environment and the value of native plants. We do this by working in unison with the registered charities TreeAngle Foundation (UK) & Foundation of Biospheric Activities (Argentina) who plant thousands of native trees (tabaquillos - Polylepis australis & white mesquite - Prosopis albae) in strategic mountain locations. 

http://www.treeangle.org/

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IMPACT

With your support we are helping to protect the water sources and biodiversity at the South border of the biggest natural reserve of Córdoba province, Central Argentina.

All of Champatea’s profit and all proceeds of this campaign goes to The Treeangle Foundation and funds the planting of thousands of Tabaquillo trees on Champaquí Mountain each year. TreeAngle also run educational programs in local schools where pupils also germinate our Tabaquillo seeds, turning them into seedlings throughout the year, ready to be planted in January/February.

SO FAR

  • TreeAngle have  been planting for several years and have to date planted over 17,000 Tabaquillo trees.
  • To date over 200 educational workshops have been completed in The Traslasierra Valley rural schools.
  • TreeAngle have helped to create and manage a natural reserve of 1000 hectares on Champaqui Mountain


WHY CROWDFUNDING

We are raising money to kick start CHAMPATEA as a self propelling mechanism that enables Champaqui mountain reserve to become self sustainable. 

Your support can help us:

  • Harvest

    • Commence and complete the 2018 harvest of wild mountain herbs
  • Pack at source

    • Pack our retail ready 'loose leaf' tea at our own facility in the foothills of Champaqui
  • Restore Champaqui

    • Plant thousands more tabaquillo trees in 2019
  • Educate & Inspire

    • Increase educational workshops and communication within the community

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Our prototype refill packs in two varieties: Traditional Blend and Altitude Blend. With your help we can pack these in Champaqui.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We hope that you can support our mission by enjoying our tea, buy a box and connect with Champaqui Mountain. If you really want to get stuck in you can come and join us on our next planting and harvesting expedition where you will become part of the Champateam.

Even if you can't contribute financially you can be a big help by sharing our story and campaign with friends.

We are very grateful to you for reading this far...we hope you like what we are doing and can join us.

BE THE MOUNTAIN


Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Milking the Clouds Certificate & Postcard

Donation certificate for Milking the Clouds Project & ChampaTea Postcard

£10 or more

Champatea sample pack

Try our amazing wild herbal infusion powered by yerba mate. This pack contains 50 grams of our amazing blend and will give you a taste of Champaqui Mountain

£25 or more

Champatea Shirt

Get your original Champatea-Shirt and join our tribe. 100% cotton and all proceeds go to charity

£50 or more

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Collectors Tin

Our first product. We have only made 1000 tins. This is your chance to be a lucky owner. This donation not only buys you this luxury tin of the very first ChampaTea, It directly helps us plant pioneer trees! In fact this box equates to one Tabaquillo tree (Polylepis australis) re-planted on Champaqui Mountain, that you can track by its serial number at www.champatea.com from January 2019.

£90 or more

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Limited edition print

Artistic images from the Champatea creative process & exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the filming of Champaqui Mountain expedition.

£90 or more

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ChampaTea Mate cup + bombilla with Tin

The authentic Argentinian method. Exclusive ChampaTea Mate cup and bombilla with limited edition Champatea tin.

£500 or more

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Volunteer Adventure Package

Come and join our expedition in January/February 2019. You will climb Champaqui, ride horses, plant trees, harvest Tabaquillo seeds and stay in mountain refuge . You will learn about our ecological work and become a real member of the Champateam. Flight to Cordoba not included. Onward transport, room and board included. Collectors tin included in this pledge

£1,000 or more

Just donate to the Milking the Clouds Project

Help to plant thousands of trees and support our environmental education workshops at Champaqui rural schools by donating whatever you can to the Milking the Clouds Project.

£5,000 or more

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Be The Mountain - VIP package

Join us at Champaqui Mountain, Argentina. Your host will be Pablo and Ruth. They will show you all of the most amazing points of interest in this exquisite region. Visit vinyards, swim in crystal clear mountain streams, ride through the foothills of Champaqui on horseback and eat wonderful Argentinian food. Personal expedition to key project sites. This is a real adventure! Collectors tin included in this pledge

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