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 […]

The Matcha Revolution: Baby Powder, Plastic Blankets and ¥3,000 Yen

Categories: matcha, Uncategorized

The thousands of articles and blogs on matcha fall into two main groups: “Wow!” and “What?” Wow focuses on some aspect of how matcha has become both a favorite among tea, coffee, latte and alcohol drinkers, a dessert delicacy, an exotic cocktail and health supplement. It seems a very unlikely candidate to have created such […]

The Times and Tides of Tea Innovation

Categories: Antiquities, Blending, business innovation, cha, China, Culinary, flavor, Historical, India, Nepal, South Korea, Uncategorized, Womens rights

Tea innovation is a surprisingly inexhaustible subject. Choose a topic that has shaped society, such as  trade, war, health, literature, nutrition, crime, ship design, politics, household utensils, science and technology, retailing, and social reform, and you’ll soon find strong and deep connections with tea. It has been one of the most consistent and pervasive agents […]

Harvest Review 2017: Australia

Categories: Australia, Growing Regions, Harvest Report, Origin, UncategorizedTagged , , , , , , ,

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 […]

Innovation in Tea: Watch These Spaces

Categories: Blending, blockchain, business innovation, flavor, innovation, product development, Quality, Uncategorized

The Innovation Imperative: Where and How, not If In a time of change, the question is not whether to innovate, but how. For tea, it’s also urgent. There are challenges to business as usual everywhere: sustainable development, shifting consumer tastes and demographics, coffee competition, yields, costs, and quality, to name just the obvious. The good […]

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 and Buddhism: Té if by Sea, Cha by Land

Categories: Antiquities, cha, China, Growing Regions, Historical, India, trade, Uncategorized

Tea and Buddhism: Much More than Just Contemplation It seems natural to associate Buddhism with tea. Tea expresses China’s history. It symbolizes the ethos and practices of  yoga, Zen and meditation.  Buddhism’s concerns for healthy daily living conjure up images evocative of tea. They highlight its calming, cleansing, contemplative, and ceremonial nature. These never even hint […]