Author Archives: Dan Bolton

Winter Rain Too Light and Late

Tea production fell and prices climbed as the first teas of 2017 arrived at auction houses in Sri Lanka, India and Africa. The ongoing drought in Kenya lowered production 58 percent in February, with black tea production totals falling to 22 million kilos from 53 million kilos in 2016. Tea production in India dipped...

Sri Lankan-Australian Fusion Cafe

GEELONG, Australia Hoppers and tea A favorite in Sri Lankan homes, hoppers are bowl-shaped crepes (aappa), made from rice flour and coconut milk fermented together to make a batter that is formed into a deep concave. They take hours to create but just minutes to shape and fill with a huge assortment of toppings...

Tea Author and Retailer Mary Lou Heiss Dies at 66

NORTHAMPTION, Mass. Acclaimed tea author and retailer Mary Lou Heiss will be remembered for her adventures as the Tea Trekker and her expertise in preparing, photographing, and writing about fine food. She passed April 9. “Mary Lou had a great curiosity and a yearning to experience tea up close and personal,” said fellow author...

Three Day Festival Marks Beginning of Tea Harvest

HANGZHOU, China Qingming is a celebration of spring in China, a time to honor one’s ancestors and to anticipate the tea harvest. Last week 10 million Chinese traveled by train to visit family with many more driving from larger cities to their ancestral homes. There they picnic, present offerings and clean the grave sites...

Teahouse Charms Melbourne, Australia

Afternoon tea at Claridge’s hotel in Mayfair or the opulent Ritz on Piccadilly in London can be no less a celebration than an afternoon in Brunswick, Australia at Mary Eats Cake. That’s the view of proprietor Sarah de Witt, who invested in a chandelier of substance and fine china to rival the stylishly luxurious...

Dilmah in Dubai

Sri Lankan-based Dilmah has opened its newest t-lounge at the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai. The lounge focuses on authenticity and teas that are genuinely different, unblended, and fresh—while presenting the beverage in its many facets and manifestations and creating a destination for the tea purist as well as for the tea adventurer and...

Tea Down Under at the Australian International Tea Expo

Australia’s homegrown teas showed well at the Australian International Tea Expo that took place at the Melbourne Showgrounds where 12,000 coffee and tea professionals and the public sipped and shared for three days last week. Last week, 49 exhibitors at the Australian International Tea Expo and more than 120 coffee and coffee supply companies...

India Grades Its Tea Gardens

In July 2016, the Tea Board of India announced it would rank each of the country’s 1,421 registered tea gardens for quality agricultural practices, replantation, infrastructure, and working conditions. The resulting grades were published recently and the 87 gardens that constitute the Darjeeling Geographical Indicator (GI) did not fare well, garnering only one “A”...

Joel Silver New CEO at DAVIDsTEA

MONTREAL, Quebec Joel Silver, a former president of Indigo Books & Music, is the new chief executive officer at DAVIDsTEA, North America’s second-largest specialty tea chain with 234 shops. He is the company’s fourth chief executive, following Sylvain Toutant, who resigned in October to pursue personal interests. Silver began work Monday. Maurice Tousson, chairman...

Sugary Drink Taxes Gaining Momentum

Taxes on sugary drinks that met with opposition in decades past are gaining favor. In 2014 Berkeley, California, led the movement to impose a “sugary beverage tax” and was followed by San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Cook County, Illinois. Seattle will consider imposing a 2-cents-per ounce tax this month. When it comes to raising taxes,...