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Security Forces Sent to Quell Darjeeling Unrest

DARJEELING, West Bengal The Indian government turned off the internet as several hundred heavily armed security forces arrived in Darjeeling over the weekend to help quell a 34-day strike by West Bengal Gorkha seeking statehood. Organizers announced the agitation will “turn terrible” if their demands are not met. The strike halted the second flush...

Capital Teas Founder Details Reorganization

ANNAPOLIS, MD Malls were once paved with gold for tea merchants who reported average annual sales as high as $1,000 per square foot of retail space in the U.S. and Canada. In 2015 Capital Teas, a successful retail chain based in Annapolis, Maryland, decided to dramatically increase its physical store presence throughout the eastern...

Evy Tea Is A Cold Brew Innovator

BOSTON, Mass. Cold-brew tea presents several retail challenges. It is made in batches that limit the quantity for sale each day. It takes hours to steep, and conventional cold brew has a very short shelf life. Yet for Evy Tea’s Evy Chen, one of the first retailers to launch a cold-brew tea in the...

Kickstarter Product Makes Matcha Possible on the Go

A brand-new design from startup Pret-A-Matcha is the new must-have for matcha tea lovers. The innovative patent-pending bottle incorporates all the traditional matcha-making tools (sieve, spoon, whisk and a compartment to store 2 ounces of matcha powder) for matcha-on-the-go. The double-walled stainless-steel bottle comes in three colors—black, white and green—and costs $60, one-third less...

India Aggressively Expands Orthodox Tea Exports

KOLKATA, West Bengal China and India, the two largest tea producing countries, export only modest quantities compared to smaller producers such as Kenya and Sri Lanka. Last year, China exported 328.69 million kilos. Kenya, the world’s largest tea exporter, shipped 480.33 million kilos (95% of total production). India exported 222.45 million kilos, which is...

Asha Tea House Supports Enjoying Life

“Asha” is Taiwanese for “someone who enjoys life,” and the Asha Tea House locations support this philosophy while offering a friendly and contemporary atmosphere. David and Diana Lau opened the first Asha Tea House in Berkeley, California, in 2012 and a second location in San Francisco in autumn of 2016. David and Diana were...

QuickTrip Leaped from Soda to Tea

TULSA, Okla. Several years ago when the Oklahoma-based QuickTrip convenience chain began moving to more healthy offerings, management knew that tea was not just a fad but a category that would continue to grow. QuickTrip made the commitment to emphasize tea three to five years ago as part of a plan to remodel every...

India’s Tea Board Explores Expanding Tea Auction

In bygone days, all the tea grown in India was sold either at local markets or at auction houses (initially in London and later, beginning in 1861, in Kolkata). Growers privately sold small quantities direct but buyers seeking large quantities bought all their tea at auction. Tea back then was almost entirely from tea...