Domestic / International News

Darjeeling’s Dry Spell Ends Just in Time for Harvest

After a long winter dry spell, widespread rainfall has brought delight to tea planters in sub-Himalayan West Bengal including Darjeeling, one of the highest tea-producing regions of the country, reports India’s The Economic Times. The rains are expected to give a heavy boost to the quality and quantity of the first flush. Per Indian...

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”...

Sri Lanka Tea Output Falls

Adverse weather, poor application of fertilizers and a government ban on pesticides are wreaking havoc with Sri Lanka’s tea production. Last year, the Indian Ocean island nation’s tea output hit a seven-year low, falling 11.1 percent in its third straight year of declining production, according to a recent report. And the bad news continues:...

Call for Mombasa to “Rethink” Automated Auction

When purchased in large quantities, tea is generally acquired at auction centers around the world. Indonesia, India, and Sri Lanka all maintain auction centers close to where the tea is produced. These global auction centers (there are 14) account for the sale of virtually all the cut, tear, curl (CTC) manufactured and much of...

7 Ways Twinings Tea Drives Positive Change

Twinings Tea ultimately aims to improve social conditions across the tea industry and be the catalyst for systemic change through its Sourced with Care Program. The tea company elaborated on its efforts in the Twinings Social Impact Report 2016. Twinings sources its tea internationally from plantations and small farms in various countries, including China,...

Iran’s Domestic Tea Production Climbs 60%

Domestic tea production is reinvigorated in Iran, the world’s fourth-largest tea market by volume and one of the top tea importers in the Middle East. During the long difficult period under sanctions, the nation’s tea factories fell into disrepair. Land use permits to grow tea on at least 7,000 hectares of  land  in Gilan...

Darjeeling: Flushed with Concern

In the world of tea, Darjeeling is unique – and so are its troubles. The high mountain terrain kissed with mist and bathed in strong ultraviolet light has produced remarkable, aromatic teas since 1850. The season begins in March when first-flush leaves are plucked. This small harvest accounts for 35% of an estimated $69...

Fickle Weather Gave India Strong Finish

Indian tea growers somehow managed to resist wind, rain, and heat to beat last year’s totals for tea production by 2.5%. Now that December figures have been tallied, tea production was reported at 1,239.15 million kilos (mkg) for the calendar year, exceeding 2015 by 30.5 mkg. The totals insure India will remain the world’s...

East Africa Drought Affects Tea Production

Last year’s short rainy season and a prolonged drought in East Africa is taking a toll on tea yields in the region. As the weather phenomenon La Niña continues to dry up the skies, many are predicting a bleak 2017 for tea production in Kenya and other tea-growing countries in the region. Kenya’s National...

Story of My Tea Funded

Kickstarter donors funded the Story of My Tea last week, a Houston-based tea delivery startup founded by Harideep Kalaveena and Mara Martinez. The two tea enthusiasts were inspired by the fact that every tea carries the unique taste of origin. “We wanted to make a wealth of diversity of tea available to everybody through...