Our vision is to produce tea of the highest quality and sell it at a reasonable price. Through our work we will be helping to create sustainable development in Sri Lanka, where we grow the tea. We will ensure that the money also comes to the benefit of those who work with the land and the tea.
Therefore, we take social responsibility and invest in the development and welfare of the communities in Sri Lanka where we work. And we ensure that our tea is grown without chemical fertilizers, no pesticides and no artificial additives that may harm the environment and people. Therefore we provide training and career opportunities for our employees. And therefore you can enjoy your Chaplon tea with a clear conscience.
The word Chaplon means tea in Chinese – that is the finest, yellow tea, which was reserved for the emperor.
A tea story told briefly
Chaplon opens Denmark’s first web shop with tea and tea accessories
The web shop deals tea from some of the world’s best tea gardens and brings rare qualities of tea to the European market.
Chaplon attempts to grow tea plants in Denmark
Chaplon succeeds in importing tea plants from China and experiments with tea growing in greenhouses in Denmark.
Chaplon opens a tearoom in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
The old amusement park Tivoli in Copenhagen gets an exclusive tea room, where guests can enjoy Chaplon’s tea in historic surroundings.
Tea growing in Denmark is abandoned
Attempts to grow tea in Denmark fail. Production can not be completed in a sustainable fashion, because there is a need for both artificial light and heat. Chaplon begins to explore ways to cultivate tea in Sri Lanka.
First plantation in the UVA district in Sri Lanka
The first small plantation near the town of Passara in the UVA district in Sri Lanka is acquired by Chaplon Tea. Slowly the change to a higher quality tea is made and the cultivation and picking is done by Japanese principles, and the quality of the plantation tea increased. Plantation workers conditions improve and Chaplon establishes health schemes for the employees of the plantation.
The first tea center and store opens in the city of Bentota
Chaplon opens its first tea shop and tea center in Bentota in Sri Lanka’s west coast. On its first year of operation the tea center wins an award for its excellent quality tea, beautiful historic decor and customer service.
Chaplon opens a shop in the town of Hikkaduwa
The sale of quality tea for tourists and local residents in Sri Lanka is increasing and Chaplon opens a retail shop selling our own teas in the town of Hikkaduwa.
New tea plantation in Passara
Chaplon acquires a small plantation in the UVA district in order to satisfy the demand for quality tea from a sustainable production.
Third shop opens in the leisure town of Unawatuna
Another tea shop opens for Chaplon Tea in the seaside resort town of Unawatuna on the main shopping street.
Tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya
Chaplon acquires another tea plantation in the desired, rich soil area for the cultivation of tea in the highlands near the town of Nuwara Eliya. Traditionally some of Sri Lanka’s most elegant teas originates from here, and the area is known for its tea of exceptionally good quality.
Fourth shop opens Kalutara North
Chaplon opens the fourth shop in Sri Lanka in the town of Kalutara.
Chaplon establishes a teabag packing facility i Hikkaduwa
Because of the demand for tea in teabags, Chaplon develops its own exclusive bags and establishes a packing house in the town Hikkaduwa. The bags are hand-packed in cotton bags and freshly picked tea.
Fifth shop opens in Aluthgama
In Aluthgama, in the bustling west coast Chaplon opens a fifth tea shop on Tea Island. The shop is centrally located on the city’s busy shopping street.
Plantation in the highlands near the town of Ella
Chaplon acquires a new plantation in the hilly terrain at the small town of Ella in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. The plantation is managed in order to increase the production of white tea, which is dried in the sun by means of sustainable low technology.
Chaplon expands the production of white tea
The plantations of Chaplon in the highlands in Sri Lanka starts expanding the production of white tea and establishes cooperation with local and international NGOs to make technology and know-how on the white tea available for the area’s small-scale producers to increase the sustainable production of tea in Sri Lanka.
Chaplon Tea was established by Jais Westh Lauritsen, but the company is now run as a partnership with two Danish and three Sri Lankan partners. In principle, all employees have the opportunity to work their way up to earn partnership in Chaplon.
Chaplon employs approximately 80 employees in Denmark and in Sri Lanka.
From bush to cup – a dream of a sustainable tea production that creates wealth and pleasure from tea plantations to teacup
Chaplon was founded by Jais Westh Lauritsen in 2003 as a company that imports and sells some of the world’s best teas in the web shop tea.dk.
But the dream of the entrepreneur and tea-lover Jais was from the beginning to cultivate tea, so he can vouch for all aspects of quality all the way from bush to cup.
The vision is to grow the best tea without harming the nature and without robbing the local community where the tea comes from.
“I want to produce with respect for both nature and the people we work with. Therefore it is important for me and my partners to operate a business in which we take responsibility for both our employees and nature. We do not destroy nature with pesticides and fertilizers.”
Jais is a man with strong ideas and a unique willingness to insist on projects that initially looks like impossibilities and castles in the air. The ability has made Chaplon a pioneer in the tradition-bound tea world of Sri Lanka.
The underlying passion
“I’ve always loved tea and been interested in it. In particular, Japanese and Chinese quality teas. At one point, I have had contact with some Chinese tea importers in Paris, which could provide a quality that was impossible to get hold of here in Denmark at the time. I decided to start my own tea import and simultaneously work on the dream of self-cultivating tea ” Jais Westh Lauritsen says.
Jais Westh Lauritsen’s first attempt to grow tea took place in Hedehusene on Zealand. Despite many difficulties Jais suceeded to be allowed to import tea plants from China, India and Japan, which was to grow and thrive in Zealand, but the experiment failed. To cultivate tea in Denmark at 55 degrees north could not be done sustainable because of the cool climate and lack of sunlight in the winter.
The first plantation
The following year Jais Lauritsen acquired the first tea plantation in Sri Lanka which has since then been the base for Chaplon’s own production of Quality tea.
“I want to prove that we can produce tea of high quality at a good price, without plundering nature and people along the way. We can do business while behaving properly and help to create wealth and development. We do it by having control over the entire process, from the time we plant the shrub to the freshly brewed tea pouring into the cup. On the way we also cut costly intermediaries.”
His social commitment and passion for good tea makes Jais Westh Lauritsen one of the tea world’s tea-idealists.
Today Chaplon operates four plantations, five shops and a packing center in Sri Lanka. The tea from Chaplon’s plantations are sold in many countries and of course in Denmark, where one can visit Chaplon Tearoom in the old amusement park Tivoli in Copenhagen.