Domestic / International News

Andes-grown Specialty Tea from Colombia

BITACO, La Cumbre, Colombia High in the Pacific-facing Andes where the soil is rich and young, an innovative tea garden has captured the attention of specialty buyers. Bitaco is the home of Colombia’s only commercial tea garden, a place close to the equator at an elevation of 6,500 ft (1,800– 2,050 meters) and tucked...

First Flush Tea Production Declines

Tea production declined overall through March with drought in Africa and a cold spring in China to blame. Since then Sri Lanka has experienced severe flooding, the worst in 14 years, killing 194 and causing disruptions in the harvest and transport of tea. Four countries, China, India, Kenya, and Sri Lanka produce and ship...

India Sets 5% GST for Tea

Tea will be taxed at 5 percent as India finalized rates for its inaugural goods and services tax (GST) effective July 1. Rates were set last week for more than 500 services and 1,200 categories of goods following 10 years of negotiations. The intent is to streamline the existing tax structure and capture more...

Tea Production Continues Steady Climb as Exports Slide

There was much less tea sailing the high seas last year than could be found in local market stalls. Production continued its steady growth in 2016 with a continuous upward climb dating back to 1996, based on statistics compiled by the International Tea Committee (ITC).  In 1996 ITC tallied global production at 2,654 million...

EU Awards Grant to Scottish Tea Growers

Nine farmers in the British Isles, experiencing renewed interest in locally grown tea, successfully collaborated in seeking European rural development funds last month. The Tea Gardens of Scotland Group representing growers in Angus, Fife, and Perthshire Scotland were awarded £49,500 ($65,000) last month to meet the challenge of farming the crop in the chilly northern...

ITI Collaborates with Kenya Tea Directorate

MOMBASA, Kenya Opening the world’s largest tea auction to offerings of purple, green, and orthodox tea will have a direct impact on the availability of African teas in the U.S. International Tea Importers (ITI) in Los Angeles is working with the Kenya Tea Directorate to oversee exports of purple tea to the U.S. “We...

Planter Will Chair India Tea Board

KOLKATA, India The Government of India broke with tradition last week and named the first tea planter to chair the India Tea Board. In announcing the appointment, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry stated that the executive powers formerly held by the chair will be transferred to an executive deputy chairman, a position that...

Liverpool Leads in Tea

Brits are known for love of tea, but the leading city for consumption is Liverpool, where residents drink an average of 1,460 cups yearly, according to a recent study. English Breakfast was named the favorite of most UK tea-drinkers, and 38 percent of those surveyed say it’s best with milk but no sugar. Coworkers...

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...

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...