Chaga
Tea

Tupper Lake, NY

Birch Boys Chaga

Background

Founded in 2016 by Garrett Kopp while a sophomore at Clarkson University. The chaga, reishi, and other mushrooms used in their products are sourced in the Adirondacks and sustainably harvested, ground, and packaged in Tupper Lake.

Initial Contact and Pitch Session

Referral from the Reh Center at Clarkson.

Investment

To start an initial loan for $10,000 to help fund the purchase of a tea bag making machine plus significant investment in time and mentoring from Point Positive and additional resources. Birch Boys Chaga has since raised $300,000 in equity financing from Point Positive members.

Job Creation and Benefits

  • Three employees plus a network of chaga harvesters.  
  • Pride in helping young entrepreneurs and using a local sustainable resource to scale a business.
  • Company growth in online sales, new production facility in Tupper Lake with Main Street retail space and purchase orders from a growing list of wholesale accounts. 
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Melinda L. Little, Coordinator
PO Box 1281, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
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Phone: (518) 354-0202