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A New Mandate for Sri Lanka’s Tea Industry

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Leaders of the global tea community attending the Colombo International Tea Convention last week heard a reasoned and pragmatic assessment of the way forward by Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The occasion was the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of a tea industry that has grown to...

Sri Lanka Celebrates the Future of Tea

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Instead of immersing themselves in the accomplishments of the past 150 years, Sri Lanka’s tea industry shared its vision of a bright future. Led by the Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) the year-long festivities culminated last week in an International Tea Conference, the Ceylon Tea Festival, a successful exposition and media...

Cheese Tea Sounds Weird, But How Does It Taste?

Cheese tea – think cream cheese, not gouda – is the new cool beverage craze in Asia. The green or fruit teas are topped with frothy cream cheese, served slightly sweet or sprinkled with sea salt. The trend “was thought to have started a few years ago, with the introduction of popular tea shops...

New Certification Incentivizes Elephant Conservation

The first Elephant Friendly Certification™ for tea plantations has been developed by the University of Montana’s Broader Impacts Group and the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network. This certification represents standards that tea gardens implement for the protection of elephants, which are vulnerable to health and safety risks often present on tea cultivation properties. University of...

Ride the Lightbulb Boba Wave

Drinking boba tea from a lightbulb-shaped bottle is trending on two continents—Asia and North America—and on Instagram. The trend began in South Korea and Taiwan before crossing the Pacific Ocean to make an impression on Americans. Now Californians, New Yorkers and Texans are drinking the well-liked milk tea with chewy tapioca balls from a...

Meet Scott Svihula, Global Tea Championship Judge

Scott Svihula is one of the judges for the Global Tea Championship. He brings his tea expertise and business acumen to the competition. Here he shares his thoughts about tea and the competition with World Tea News. What sparked your interest in tea? I was working for a coffee company that wanted to get...

Talks May Quiet Darjeeling Unrest

Talks with organizers of a Darjeeling uprising that has halted tea production in Darjeeling since June 15 may begin soon. Government officials are now open to meeting with a coordinating committee representing several Gorkha groups seeking statehood. Mamata Banerjee, chief minister in West Bengal, previously refused to meet until the strike, nearing two months,...

Purple Tea Ready for Prime Time

Purple signals the presence of anthocyanins in tea leaves, a type of antioxidant praised for its health benefits. Purple may also turn out to be profitable for tea retailers seeking to upsell health-conscious consumers who favor its taste over that of grassy green tea.  U.S. and Canadian wholesalers imported approximately 10 metric tons of...

Meet Lydia Kung, Global Tea Championship Judge

Lydia Kung owns VeriLeaf Fine Teas. As a tea importer, she samples teas on a daily basis. She has a passion for tea’s traditions and surprises. Tea can still astonish and reveal new characteristics and this is what makes tea special to Lydia. She will apply her diverse tea knowledge as a judge in...

Drake Invests in MatchaBar Which Will Be Distributed At Whole Foods

NEW YORK, Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — MatchaBar announced today, after closing a Series A round of financing, that they plan to roll-out their “Better Energy” bottled matcha beverage with Whole Foods Market in September. Founded by native New Yorkers Max and Graham Fortgang, MatchaBar is on a mission to bring matcha to the people, spreading “Better Energy” nationwide. This...