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 […]

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 […]

Tea the Hero Crop

Categories: Growing Regions, Harvest Report, NepalTagged

Large government-supported tea estates are failing. Scarcity of labor, the cost of large-scale production and reliance on chemicals and pesticides unwanted by consumers make plantations unsustainable. A legacy of colonial days, the vertically integrated multi-nationals that still dominate the tea value chain are witnessing a dramatic change as smallholders become the main producers of tea […]

Never at a loss for words…

Categories: Blending, Culinary, Flavoring, Harvest Report, mixology, News, Origin, spirits, Teaware, Travelogue, Uncategorized, ViewpointTagged , , ,

Tea Journey was funded this week by more than 550 backers who contributed $127,500 making this magazine the third highest funded periodical in Kickstarter history… To our backers around the world: Those who know me well, know that I’m never at a loss for words… until now. Tea Journey was funded at dawn — fittingly […]

Harvest Review: South Korea

Categories: Harvest Report

Stephen Carroll is one of 42 Tea Journey tasters reporting on the 2016 harvest. Look for his posts on South Korea as the season progresses. The Republic of South Korea certainly keeps its tea and tea culture a secret. So secret that not even many South Koreans are familiar with their own tea types and […]