São Miguel Island – Day 5: Chá Gorreana

São Miguel Island – Day 5: Chá Gorreana — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

We started our day visiting Chá Gorreana – Europe’s oldest, and only remaining Tea plantation.  The plantation covers 32 acres of land on São Miguel Island (Azores).

We found a spot near the top of the hill looking onto the sea. Tall trees stood on either side. We recorded the sounds surrounding us, and were especially inspired by the sound of the wind blowing through the trees.

Afterward, made our way to the Tea factory. Industrial drones filled the space. We found a listening spot upstairs between two windows where the tea was drying. We recorded the constant hum of the fan and the rhythms that emerged when the wind rattled the windows.