Origin India: Tamil Nadu and Kerala

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The Western Ghats, South India Backbone of South India The six-hour drive south from Balanoor Tea Estate in Karnataka to the storied Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu skirts Mysore city, engages with endless hills of shade-grown tea and coffee, then climbs to a plateau studded with charming agricultural villages producing corn, cucumbers, mangos, palm oil […]

Origin India: The Deep South

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Balanoor Tea Estate, Karnataka   Piece of Cake His birthday was celebrated in a leafy residential section of Bangalore, one of India’s more modern, connected cities. Thirty members of the prosperous Kuriyan clan milled about the cavernous apartment in the condominium complex they erected 15 years ago. Venerable tea and coffee planter, Ashok Kuriyan, the […]

Tasting Notes: A Taste of Winter in South India

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There is a revolution going on in South India, right under our noses.  Up until the late 1980s perhaps, South Indian tea – from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala – was predominantly comprised of mid-grade CTC (cut, tear, curl) produced for the local market. In addition, there was a range of orthodox black teas, leaf […]

Tea and Terroir Through Time

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Where does tea flavor come from? The word “terroir” translates from the French to “of the earth.” It has become a fuzzy colloquial expression served up as a catchword that tries to resolve a mystery simply by naming it. The concept has been long in the making, dating to the very earliest Latin writings on wines. It’s a […]

Harvest Review: Vietnam

Categories: Growing Regions, Harvest Report, Origin, Uncategorized, Vietnam

Vietnam in 2017 ranked as the world’s seventh-largest producer of tea and fifth in exports. It has 124,000 hectares under production in around half its provinces, including the subtropical North and tropical South. This is roughly the same as Indonesia and three times the tea-growing acreage in Japan. Exports in the first nine months of […]

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Tea Packaging: The Innovation Edge

Categories: Blending, blockchain, business innovation, Growing Regions, innovation, Origin, product development, Quality, Uncategorized

Innovation in tea increasingly depends on innovation in packaging Make the tea bag go away Change the labels Freshen up Don’t hide the evidence That may all sound negative. What it really amounts to is: Don’t treat packaging in its dictionary sense of being just a container. Packaging is more than how tea is stored […]

Tea Nuances: Exploring the World of Green Tea Blends

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We all know that green tea is healthy.  However, most of us have only unearthed a fraction of the green teas produced around the world.  If we were to drink a different green tea variety every day for the next five years, we would not even come close to tasting all of the green teas […]

Harvest Review: Australia

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There is a clear emerging trend in the Australian market away from mainstream black tea to more specialist offerings. Australians’ choices show more discerning palates and product knowledge. This is being driven by marketing and training. Black tea consumption fell overall in the past 12 months, while specialty black teas sales grew by 4%. Green […]