Author Archives: Barbara Dufrene

The 88th Annual Tea Trade Dinner in London

This year’s Tea Trade Dinner counted 380 attendants seated on 34 tables, each hosted by one or several of the world’s big tea companies and groups. This unique and prestigious event, which takes place every year on the first Thursday of May at the Savoy Hotel on the Strand, in London is the one...

The World Tea Encyclopaedia

Will Battle joined the tea world as a trainee tea taster with Tetley’s, after completing university studies in the UK. He travelled the tea lands for 10 years with Tetley, completing his training in India, Sri Lanka, and Africa. Tasting tea after tea after tea each day – and visiting tea gardens, is work...

The Global Evolution of Chai

With a robust growth of 45-plus percent over the past 10 years, the tea market pattern has remained stable concerning the share out between black and green tea, with roughly two-thirds for black and one-third for green tea. Among the black tea drinkers, a vast majority will add milk, in particular the British, Irish...

Green Tea Conquers the West

Global tea production continues to evolve and expand. Today, the majority of global tea production is split between black tea, with an approximate 60 percent share, and green tea, with a share around 32 percent. The remaining 8 percent or so consists of the small tea families, namely oolong and pu’er teas. In the...

Pu’er Tea: The Treasured Cup of the Yunnan Province

Bordering the Tibet plateau, Vietnam and Myanmar, the Yunnan Province of China produces close to 15 percent of the country’s teas with an output of 238,340 metric tons in 2011. There are many green and black teas, some white teas and the legendary Pu’er teas. Legendary because Yunnan’s traditional tea districts are home to...

Taiwan’s Gourmet Teas: Delicate, Fragrant and Substantive

Taiwan has a long history with tea, albeit, a slow growing one. But, its combination of ideal climactic conditions and unique teas are making Taiwan a growing force in the global tea industry. In 2011, Taiwan’s gourmet tea production amounted to 21,000 metric tons. Domestic consumption is high and the 4,000 tons of tea...

Vietnam’s Ancient Tea Forest

SUOI GIANG, Vietnam Staring at a map showing the habitat of tea it is easy to see that the birthplace is a “golden triangle” within the borders of three modern countries. The triangle is bounded by mountains south-west of Yunnan, China, the Taybac region in the northwest of Vietnam and Phongsaly province in northeastern...

Mike Bunston

Mike Bunston: Goodwill Ambassador of Tea

LONDON, United Kingdom Jovial is too round a word for the tall-as-a-rail Mike Bunston but it accurately describes how he is viewed by the tea industry worldwide. Michael James Bunston is a goodwill ambassador of tea. He has served as Honorary Chairman of the International Tea Committee for 19 years, a task he first...

Rajiv Lochan

Rajiv Lochan: Bihar Tea Estate Pioneer

KISHANGANJ, Bihar, India The broad Doke River in Bihar flows through the land of Buddha. It seems the perfect setting for lush and abundant tea gardens but it took pioneers like Rajiv Lochan, founder of Lochan Tea Ltd., to realize that potential. Lochan was born in 1954 in Uttar Pradesh, in Aligarh, a city of...

Carine Baudr

Carine Baudry: Food Scientist Finds Flavor for Teaching Tea

Carine Baudry spent her childhood in the northern part of France with a father involved in food engineering, watching him in his lab surrounded by unusual textures and odors – things like algae, sea weed and other edible particles for more elaborate food preparations. The result was a young girl bewitched by fragrances and...