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Teforia Partners with Yamamotoyama

Teforia this week announced a partnership that will pair Japan’s venerable Yamamotoyama teas with the company’s intelligent tea infuser. Yamamotoyama, a family-owned business founded in 1690, produces world-renowned premium green teas that will now be available in the tea portfolio at Teforia.com. Two hundred and seventy nine years ago the fabled company was the...

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...

Iced Tea Entry for Global Tea Championship is Open

Iced tea product entry is now open for the Global Tea Championship happening in May. Professional tea experts will evaluate the entries in a blind test May 11-12. A numerical value on a scale from 1 to 100 will be assigned to each tea after all of the tea’s characteristics are taken into consideration....

Beauty and the Beast Inspires Tea Interest Worldwide

The live-action Beauty and the Beast film comeback has infiltrated the world of tea across the globe. The classic story features Belle, a young woman held captive in a castle by a beast. While there, she befriends the castle’s staff. A close friend and confidant of hers is a teapot named Mrs. Potts, who...

Demand Outstrips Supply in U.S.-Grown Artisanal Tea

As Americans’ taste for tea has grown, so has the interest in homegrown teas. According to the U.S. League of Tea Growers, there are now 60 farms in 15 states, most of which have sprung up in the last 15 years or so. Historically, the United States did not feature highly on tea maps...

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...