China

World Tea Expo Country Tour: Tea Producing Countries’ Points of Pride

Every tea producing country has location and terroir characteristics that influence plant composition and make its tea taste unique. These distinguishing characteristics have become points of pride for each country. Here are some details that give each country’s tea its own flavor profile. China China’s tea industry has evolved to include the old mixing...

Bidders Are Setting New Records at Tea Auctions This Spring

JORHAT, Assam Halmari tea estate in India’s Assam set a world record price of $10.50 (INRs700) per kilogram for crush, tear, curl (CTC) at the Calcutta auction last month. The tea was purchased by Kolkata-based J. Thomas & Co., and Mahabod Tea House in Kolkata purchased 307 kilograms. The tea is expected to sell...

Weather Watchers Predict Strong China Harvest

Like the groundhog of February predicting spring, the Qing Ming national holiday, celebrated this week in China, provides a folk forecast about harvest prospects. This year’s forecast is favorable. World Tea News contacted a dozen growers in several different tea producing regions, curious about their direct observations on harvest conditions, prices, and the weather....

Ten Ren Soars in Hong Kong

Bubble tea maker Ten Ren’s parent company B&S International Holdings’ stocks surged 298 percent in its debut on the Hong Kong IPO market last week, making it the city’s strongest mainboard debut in two years. Initial shares sold for HK$1 and closed at HK$3.98, earning kudos for the company as the most oversubscribed among...

One Belt, One Road is a Two-Way Street

PUER, Yunnan A cobblestone trail and a map carved in stone mark the first outpost on the 3,000-kilometer ancient Tea Horse Road. It was from here that for more than 1,000 years caravans carrying tea started their journey of many months crossing Yunnan, Sichuan, and Guizhou provinces to Tibet and destinations as far as...

Terroir vs. Processing: Why Both Matter

As with wine, a tea’s terroir tells a story. The increasing demand for single-estate teas points to its growing favor. However, processing is equally significant and impacts the quality and flavor of tea. Lydia Kung, the owner of VeriLeaf Curated Fine Teas and a Global Tea Championship judge, discusses fluidity in the relationship between...

RTD Outlook for 2018; APAC Tops Growth in Global RTD Tea

Global ready-to-drink (RTD) tea and coffee sales are expected to experience a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9 percent through 2021, according to a new report by global technology research and advisory company Technavio. Fast-paced lifestyles of consumers are one of the major factors driving the market. Consumers are increasingly looking for RTD...

Upheaval Marks 2017 Black CTC Exports

Global demand for tea shows no sign of abating in 2018, but there is evidence of significant upheaval in the export market for black tea. Erratic weather is to blame for seasonal variances, but so too is the emerging consumer preference for green tea and herbals. Seizures for adulteration and a random beetle also...

Tea is an Integral Part of World’s Most Spectacular Roastery

SHANGHAI, China The fanfare and brightest of lights shined on Starbucks’ spectacular roastery opening last week but Teavana plays an important, if secondary role. Conversations of late tend to dismiss Teavana as a failure following the announced closing of 379 U.S. and Canadian stores. Teavana even closed its e-commerce site Oct. 1 despite growing...