World Tea Community News

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...

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....

Nepal Tea’s Kickstarter Campaign Exceeds Goal

Nepal Tea is a certified organic specialty tea supplier that helps improve the lives of Nepali tea farmers and children. Founded in 2016, the Jersey City, New Jersey-based company recently implemented a Kickstarter campaign to grow its social project. Founder Nishchal Banskota and Sashreek Shrestha created the campaign and set the fundraising goal at...

Red Robe Tea House Offers Gong Fu Tea Service

The Red Robe Tea House & Café brings authentic Southern Chinese culture to Portland, Oregon, while still appealing to Western preferences. “I combined the traditional Chinese and Western tastes,” said co-owner Pearl Zhang. “I also came up with this using both creativity and delicacy.” Customers who dine there get an all-encompassing Cantonese cultural experience....

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,...

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...