World Tea Community News

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...

Obituary: Ann-Marie (Brouder) Leeming

LEDBURY, Herefordshire Dr. Ann-Marie Brouder, a leader in the global sustainability movement, died this month. Ann-Marie was the principal sustainability advisor at Forum for the Future, a London nonprofit that identifies and supports initiatives in biofuels, agriculture, and food. Her research and the Tea 2030 initiative brought her into contact with many tea professionals...

Register Early For World Tea Expo Discounts

Registration is now open for the annual World Tea Expo, which promises to be better than ever. Classes are more relevant and of a higher quality; and people who register early will receive some discounts. Early Bird registration runs through April 28. Early registrants can save as much as $300 dollars. All retailers, distributors,...

Turkey’s Tea Exports Rise; Organic Production Favored

Turkey is the world’s fifth-largest tea-growing region after India, China, Kenya, and Sri Lanka. Most of its tea gardens are in the mountainous Rize province in northeast Turkey, close to the Black Sea, where the climatic conditions—snow in the winter that preserves and protects the tea plants against fungi and pests, and plenty of...

Indonesia Transforming Trade

Neighboring Malaysia is Indonesia’s largest tea trading partner and growing while exports to the United States have declined in recent years. The country is struggling in a weak global market to shift its offering from low-priced raw teas to more valuable processed and certified teas for export. In 2008, nearly 100% of Indonesian tea...

India Cash Crisis

The well-intentioned effort to curb corruption by enforcing traceability is wreaking havoc in the tea lands of India, where very few workers have bank accounts. The government’s surprise move to no longer accept denominations of 500 and 1000 as legal tender has disrupted the country’s entire economy. The decision voided $250 billion in currency,...

Climate Impacts Food Security for Tea Smallholders

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), a strong advocate for smallholders globally, is warning of serious impacts due to climate change in its latest report on the state of global agriculture. The FAO promotes tea cultivation as an important source of revenue on land that does not crowd out food...

What Does a Cup of Tea Look Like Around the World?

Tea discovery is an infinite task made all the more pleasurable by variety. Travelers soon realize that the culture that surrounds tea offerings introduce an entirely new level of appreciation of this social drink. That’s what James Brockbank, managing director at DigitalLoft in England, discovered on his tea journey. He sent World Tea News...

Xiamen Tea Fair

XIAMEN, China Tea fairs in China differ little from the West—except in scale. The 2016 edition of the Xiamen Tea Fair in Fujian Province filled massive halls with 1,000 exhibitions covering 645,000 square feet. The late-October event has doubled in size in the past few years, attracting nearly 261,709 attendees, up from 253,358 visitors...

India Growers Seek Subsidies for Orthodox Tea

The overseas market for India tea is changing due to demand from the U.S. and Europe for loose-leaf and fine-grade orthodox teas. These teas bring a higher price, especially when certified organic, biodynamic, and fair trade, but yields are lower and the tea can be more difficult to process. India currently produces 80 million...