Author Archives: Dan Bolton

Innovation in the Tea Industry

Excerpted from a 2017 World Tea Expo presentation. The Museum of Failure opened in Helsingborg Sweden this month, a monument to the world’s worst innovations. Organizers there assembled a celebration of the absurd that documents commercial failures such as Colgate’s beef lasagna and Harley-Davidson’s leather perfume. Tech holds a special place in the gallery...

Darjeeling Uproar Disrupts Tea Operations

Tempers cooled in Darjeeling for the Muslim holy day Monday following 12 days of protests by Nepali separatists, some violent. The unrest has caused thousands of tourists and climbers to flee. The second flush harvest is halted, factories stand idle and tea shipments are delayed or never departed from the high Himalayan gardens. The...

Sri Lanka Shined at World Tea Expo

Sri Lanka’s celebrated Ceylon tea roared at this year’s World Tea Expo, drawing attention to the official country of origin and showing by example its pedigree of social, economic, and environmental responsibility. Sri Lanka is the largest exporter of black orthodox tea, accounting for 6.2% of world production and exporting 16.9% of the world’s...

Andes-grown Specialty Tea from Colombia

BITACO, La Cumbre, Colombia High in the Pacific-facing Andes where the soil is rich and young, an innovative tea garden has captured the attention of specialty buyers. Bitaco is the home of Colombia’s only commercial tea garden, a place close to the equator at an elevation of 6,500 ft (1,800– 2,050 meters) and tucked...

First Flush Tea Production Declines

Tea production declined overall through March with drought in Africa and a cold spring in China to blame. Since then Sri Lanka has experienced severe flooding, the worst in 14 years, killing 194 and causing disruptions in the harvest and transport of tea. Four countries, China, India, Kenya, and Sri Lanka produce and ship...

Guardians of Specialty Tea Quality

The G.S. Haly Company, America’s oldest continuously operating specialty tea importer, is admired for value delivered, not promises made. The company is fiercely proud of maintaining authenticity in traditional tea standards. “These standards were entrusted to The G.S. Haly Company 127 years ago and it has been my responsibility to preserve and pass on...

India Sets 5% GST for Tea

Tea will be taxed at 5 percent as India finalized rates for its inaugural goods and services tax (GST) effective July 1. Rates were set last week for more than 500 services and 1,200 categories of goods following 10 years of negotiations. The intent is to streamline the existing tax structure and capture more...

Tea Production Continues Steady Climb as Exports Slide

There was much less tea sailing the high seas last year than could be found in local market stalls. Production continued its steady growth in 2016 with a continuous upward climb dating back to 1996, based on statistics compiled by the International Tea Committee (ITC).  In 1996 ITC tallied global production at 2,654 million...

Ancient Northern Tea Road Under Consideration as Heritage Site

SHANXI, China China is pursuing recognition of the ancient northern tea road as a United Nations World Heritage site. The 13,000 kilometer Sino-Russian Tea Road started in eastern China, traversed the steppes of Mongolia and ended in St. Petersburg, Russia linking more than 200 cities. Trade routes to the orient expanded in the 17th...

EU Awards Grant to Scottish Tea Growers

Nine farmers in the British Isles, experiencing renewed interest in locally grown tea, successfully collaborated in seeking European rural development funds last month. The Tea Gardens of Scotland Group representing growers in Angus, Fife, and Perthshire Scotland were awarded £49,500 ($65,000) last month to meet the challenge of farming the crop in the chilly northern...