Month: November 2018

Month: November 2018

Rimpocha: A Global Opportunity for Sustainable Tea
November 27, 2018 News Dan Bolton

Rajah Banerjee (Photo courtesy of T’Classic) There are a few remaining places still unclaimed, but no one owns the earth. It is a gift to humanity, offering treasures to those willing to learn. During his 47-year stewardship as the Raj of Makaibari Tea Estate, one of India’s oldest and most celebrated tea habitats, Rajah Banerjee,

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DAVIDsTEA Celebrates 10 Years of Tea
November 26, 2018 Knowledge Dan Bolton

DAVIDsTEA (photo courtesy of GLS Design) Since its inception ten years ago DAVIDsTEA, now the largest tea chain in North America, has popularized the herbal category and continuously introduced merchandising innovations that greatly influenced tea retail. David Segal, then in his 20s and his elder cousin Herschel Segal, then in his 70s, opened their first

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Tea or Coffee Lover? The Answer is Written in Your Genes
November 26, 2018 Data Peter Keen

DNA (Photo/Adobe Stock) People’s preference for either tea or coffee is rooted in their genes, according to a recent study. If you serve brussels sprouts as a vegetable side dish at dinner, you’re likely to get a quick sense of which of your guests are coffee drinkers and which are tea lovers. The ones who

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Newly Discovered Ancient Tea Cultivar is Naturally Decaffeinated
November 19, 2018 Analysis Peter Keen

A newly discovered tea cultivar in China’s Fujian Province is healthful and naturally caffeine free. (Photo courtesy of the American Chemical Society) A Chinese team of scientists discovered a wild varietal of naturally decaffeinated Camellia sinensis, called Hongyacha. They used advanced-performance liquid chromatography to isolate the active elements in the leaf and published their findings in

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Harvest Apple Punch for Thanksgiving
November 19, 2018 News Elizabeth Dobos

This Harvest Apple Punch recipe by Tea Forte provides a fun and flavorful way to enhance any Thanksgiving gathering. It blends the Autumnal flavors of Tea Forte Harvest Apple Spice tea and apple cider with the bold flavor of aged rum and the eclectic mixture of Angostura bitters. This punch will create a Thanksgiving to

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Smartphone App Educates and Informs India’s Tea Smallholders
November 19, 2018 Data Pullock Dutta

Smallholders can use the new Chai Sahay smartphone app to identify plant diseases and pests as well as price their tea for market. (Photo/Adobe Stock) JORHAT, Assam Even the poorest of India’s tea growers has access to a smartphone, which is why the Tea Board of India will soon launch a multi-lingual app to educate

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India’s Tea Exports are Out of Step with World Demand
November 19, 2018 Data Dan Bolton

Dry leaves of black tea close-up (Photo/Adobe Stock) India tea production is increasingly out of step with world demand. India set an export target of 300 million kilograms for 2020 but based on year-to-date production totals it is unlikely to meet this goal. In 2018 tea exports will again be closer to 255 million kilograms

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New Green Tea Factory Opens in Rwanda
November 12, 2018 News Dan Bolton

The newly opened organic green tea factory at Sorwathe Tea Estate is the largest in Rwanda, processing 300,000 kilos of tea per year. (Photo courtesy of Rohith Peiris, Sorwathe Tea Estate) KINIHIRA, Rwanda Forty years ago, Joseph Wertheim, founder of Connecticut-based Tea Importers, built the first private tea factory in Rwanda. This month his son,

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California Wildfire Claims US Tea Farm
November 12, 2018 News Dan Bolton

Michael Fritts at the Golden Feather Tea garden, which was lost Thursday in a fast-moving blaze that has since become the most devastating in California history. (Photo courtesy of Golden Feather Tea) CONCOW, Calif. The Golden Feather Tea farm owned by Michael Fritts was reduced to ashes during the deadly initial hours of the largest

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Concerns About Quality Prompt India’s Tea Board to Close Tea Factories During Winter
November 6, 2018 News Pullock Dutta

(Photo/Adobe Stock) JORHAT, ASSAM To be tasty tea must be processed within a few hours of plucking. Since plucking in north-eastern India ends in December the Tea Board of India announced for the first time a mandatory closing of factories during the winter to prevent the processing of stale leaves. Gardens in Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram,

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