Published: December 24, 2019
Follow your heart, never surrender your dreams Always believe in yourself and let God do the rest
At GavaTea www.gavatea.com we are excited to be the proud titles sponsor of OOTYULTRA 2020!
GavaTea is a family-owned tea company with a big mission to be an ambassador of the Nilgiris tea to the world. We started the company with a purpose to help tea growers in the Nilgiris to market and sell their tea in other parts of India and overseas. Needless to say, the Nilgiris tea is just too good to be kept a secret!
Rooted in the tribal communities and in our love for tea and adventure, we wanted to do something for the people there. When we met Coach Kay, the race director of OOTYULTRA, earlier this year (at a tea plantation, of all places!), we instantly connected. As avid runners ourselves, we share the same passion for growing the sport and making the Nilgiris an attractive running destination.
Looking into the future of our partnership with OOTYULTRA, we are seeing more runners from all over the world coming to Ooty to experience some of the most beautiful landscapes and, of the cause, more Nilgirians taking on running and active lifestyle. From our experience participating in the road and trail races, including many overnight relays, running community consists of the most fun, positive, and selfless people. They always stand for each other and give back to the land that carries their feet.
Although tea as running fuel may not be a thing, we often have a cup of green or black tea before the long runs. The caffeine in tea serves a much-needed energy boost for those long miles or for a post-run afternoon slump. Unlike coffee, however, the release of this energy is more balanced and long-lasting, so you’ll be able to pull through your workout. Tea is also packed with antioxidants, which help boost the body’s immunity and aid in muscle recovery. Lastly, the antioxidant, L-theanine in green tea, has been known to help with focus and concentration, which is essential in an endurance race.
Plus, what better way to celebrate your accomplishments than sipping freshly brewed Nilgiris tea while admiring your hard-earned medal?! Trust us on that!
GavaTea offers premium quality tea that is grown sustainably, plucked carefully, processed thoughtfully, delivered speedily, and enjoyed cheerfully. All tea leaves are handpicked from single estates and processed in small batches, so each batch retains freshness and its unique flavor profile. GavaTea stands by the quality, ethical sourcing, and genuine service, from bush to cup. All teas are specially curated and shipped fresh directly from the gardens – no middlemen.
The word “gava” originates from the Badaga tribal community in the Nilgiri Hills of Southern India. “Gava” means “love” or “caring,” which perfectly describes the essence of the tribal people. Badagas are known for their unique customs, incredible hospitality, and a century-long tea-growing tradition. Guests are always treated with great respect, and – you guessed it – a cup of chai. GavaTea warmly invites you to experience the unique culture of the Nilgiris and to share the love for its tea, land, and people.
Whichever part of the world you are in, we believe that a freshly brewed cup of Nilgiris tea has magical powers to transport you back to the Blue mountains.
We are currently in the process of getting all the licenses and setting up the shop. Once it’s up and running, we’ll let you know and hook you up with a specials race participant discount.
We will also be sampling our teas at the OOTYULTRA expo on the 4-Apr-2020, Saturday, and, are looking forward to seeing you all there.