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Tocklai Research Institute Releases New Seed Variety

Jorhat Tocklai Tea Research Institute (TTIS) released a seed variety named TS560, which the scientists at the world’s oldest tea research station said is a gift to Darjeeling even as production of tea is likely to be lower by 15-30 percent next year in the hill district as tea estates remain shut due to...

Darjeeling Back in Business

DARJEELING, West Bengal, India Tea workers in Darjeeling will be awarded a 19.75 percent annual bonus estimated at $9.3 million with the assurance by labor representatives of a return to normalcy. But Darjeeling is not normal yet. Traffic restrictions remain, some shops are still closed, and although three gardens have reopened, only a token...

3 Reasons Two Leaves and a Bud Won ‘Colorado Companies to Watch’

Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Company based in Basalt, Colorado, won the Colorado Companies to Watch Award. Launched in 2005 by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Colorado Companies to Watch is a program that awards 50 companies every year that have positively impacted Colorado’s economy in terms of revenue...

Pumpkin Spice Infiltrates the World of Tea

As we head into autumn, you know what that means folks: it is pumpkin spice season. This popular coffee flavor now infiltrates the world of tea. Today, tea enthusiasts can partake in this annual autumn tradition with several formats, from over-the-counter lattes, to loose leaf and bagged teas, to K-Cup pods, to concentrates and...

Oregon Tea Company Launches Social Enterprise on Indiegogo

Young Mountain Tea, based in Springfield, Oregon, is launching the Global Tea Exchange to end the isolation of the communities that grow tea, the world’s most popular drink after water. The company is turning to Indiegogo, the popular online crowdfunding platform, to raise the funds to launch this program. The 43-day, $35,000 fundraising campaign...

Yorkshire Tea is Second in the U.K.

For centuries, Yorkshire has been famous for its regional breweries, quenching the thirst of the most discerning British beer buff to this day. But lately this northern English county has achieved international fame for a different kind of brew. With its locally blended Yorkshire Tea, Taylors of Harrogate recently surpassed Tetley (originally a Yorkshire...

3 Darjeeling Tea Gardens Reopen

DARJEELING, West Bengal Three of the 87 gardens idled by a strike and street protests since June 18 reopened Monday. The strike involves 85,000 tea workers. At Goodricke Group’s Springside Tea Estate 70 of the 250 employed at the garden reported for work. Several local schools also opened. Some stores in downtown Darjeeling were...

2017 Global Tea Championship Spring Hot Loose Leaf Results

Blended White Gold: Garden to Cup Organics Lemon White Tea Bronze: 3 Teas Organic Lavender White Blended Green Gold: The Tea Spot Sweet Magnolia Green Silver: Garden to Cup Organics Osmanthus Green Bronze: Teaja Organics Rose Garden Green Tea Caffeinated Herbal Blend Gold: Garden to Cup Organics Lemon Ginger Yerba Mate Silver: Teaja Organic...

4 Key Takeaways for Global Tea Championship Entrants

The Global Tea Championship’s Spring Hot Tea Competition took place Sept. 16-17 in Boulder, Colorado. Three judges evaluated 225 teas in 44 categories. Judges Lydia Kung of VeriLeaf Fine Teas, Rob McCaleb of Herb Research Foundation and Natural Healthcare and Scott Svihula of Hula Consulting share their reactions and insights. “The judges learn from...

Assam Grants Smallholders Land Rights for First Time

Tea small holders in Assam will for the first time be granted land rights. Addressing a meeting of the All Assam Small Tea Growers’ Association (ASTGA) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced on Sept. 11 that 78,286 growers will be awarded land deeds known as “pattas.” The decision will increase productivity and help improve...