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 2017: 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 […]

The package is part of an innovation complex

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 2017: 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 […]

Pesticides in Tea: Getting a Clear Picture Not a Vague Impression

Categories: Blending, China, Growing Regions, Harvest Report, India, Japan, MRLs, Origin, pesticides, trade, Uncategorized, Viewpoint

Does your tea contain pesticides? How much should that matter? Many tea drinkers have an impression that it is at least slightly unsafe as a drink. The more they are concerned with tea as a wellness aid – green tea health benefits, non-caffeinated herbal teas, natural ingredients, and organic growing, the stronger that impression is […]

The Nuances of Authentic Tea Blending

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 Most people are familiar with the many black tea blends on the market but may not have much sense of the nuances of bringing together a complex set of flavors and of the wide varieties of choices that differentiate similar sounding teas. What, for instance, is the foundation of the tea blends we hear so […]

Enjoy Your Tea: Don’t Be Mythinformed

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Enjoy your tea: 10 myths that get in your way Tea is a wonderful drink, with at least 3,000 varieties on the market. It’s inexpensive, with as wide a range of flavors as wines. Enjoy its variety and subtleties. Let’s start again. Just put up with your tea. It can be an awful drink, with […]