Author Archives: Dan Bolton

Q & A With Shabnam Weber, Tea and Herbal Association of Canada

  Shabnam Weber is the newly appointed president of the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada (THAC). Before accepting the position, she resigned from her role as president and chief executive of Tea Emporium, a tea retail and wholesale company she cofounded in 2000. Weber served the past decade as a director of the...

Flat Prices Provoke Critics of India’s Tea Auctions

Darjeeling cut-tea-curl (CTC) is again filling auction warehouses and last week a green tea set an all-time high price at the Coonoor auction in South India, but all is not well with India’s auctions. India’s largest tea producers are chafing under a rule that 50 percent of the nation’s manufactured tea must be publicly...

Follow the Leaders: Online Tea Stores

Tea was mail-ordered for more than a century. Minimal weight and high margins (up to 70 percent) made it very popular in the early days of the internet. But industry signals are mixed on its future. Last fall Teavana closed its profitable online store (shortly after Starbucks closed its online store for coffee). At...

Festival Builds Momentum for Nepal Tea Trade

KATHMANDU, Nepal Nepal signed several national initiatives last week that will further open the landlocked nation to trade. These include a new rail line linking Kathmandu to India, opening inland waterways essential to moving bulk products, and normalizing cross-border commerce. The third Nepal International Tea Festival concluded Sunday with a boost in momentum for...

Shabnam Weber to Lead Tea and Herbal Association of Canada

Shabnam Weber, a Toronto-based tea retailer and founder of The Academy of Tea, is the new president of the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada (THAC). Weber, who co-founded the Tea Emporium, a chain of specialty tea shops, serves as a member of the THAC board. “I am hugely delighted, honored and excited –...

Weather Watchers Predict Strong China Harvest

Like the groundhog of February predicting spring, the Qing Ming national holiday, celebrated this week in China, provides a folk forecast about harvest prospects. This year’s forecast is favorable. World Tea News contacted a dozen growers in several different tea producing regions, curious about their direct observations on harvest conditions, prices, and the weather....

Dubai Sets New Tea Re-Export Record

In 2005, after observing half the world’s tea sailing past its modern port, the government of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates expanded the DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre) to trade tea. The DMCC now accounts for 60 percent of global tea re-exports, often adding value en route. “Dubai is at the center of...

Caution is Not Inherently Bad, But Coffee Just Got a Bad Rap

Coffee and tea share many healthful plant-based compounds. The science-based consensus is that each beverage holds significant benefits when consumed in moderation. But in the court of public opinion, coffee can’t seem to get a break. Last week a California Superior Court judge ruled that coffee sold in California must display a Prop 65...

Tea Retail Concepts: Something Old, Something New

Tea retailing is roiling like water in a boiling kettle. The aging owners of quaint pastoral and small urban tearooms are not attracting youthful tea drinkers and many are retiring. The trendy urban chains of uptown shops and malls that drew droves of youthful enthusiasts are contracting. The latest is Capital Teas, which announced...

Assam Tea Workers Consider Strike for Higher Minimum Wage

DIBRUGARH, Assam Frustrated tea workers are considering a walkout that could seriously impact production in the Brahmaputra Valley, the world’s largest tea-producing region. Members of the Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) labor union staged demonstrations last week in several locations in pursuit of a wage hike. A one-day work stoppage drew attention to their...