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Darjeeling Rebounds: What’s Next

DARJEELING, West Bengal Darjeeling, at 175 years of age, once again demonstrated its resilience this year. Yield plummeted in the months after several hundred thousand workers took a 104-day break beginning in mid-June. The walkout, never officially declared a strike, drained the profitability from India’s most lucrative producing region. Street violence following the uprising...

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...

How Tea Brand JusTea Innovates With Direct Supply and Transparency

Charities working in underdeveloped countries have the capacity to do incredible work. From improving food security to increasing access to healthcare and education, the nonprofit sector can make much-needed change. But as Paul Bain and his father Grayson Bain discovered, if the funding dries up, so does the ability to provide aid. Business, the...

Kenya to Expand Loose Leaf Production

Kenya is the world’s largest exporter of black CTC (cut, tear, curl) tea but produces relatively little of the more expensive and difficult-to-process orthodox whole and broken leaf teas favored by Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), collectively the world’s largest tea importers. Last week, the chairman of the Kenya Tea Development...