Darjeeling

Darjeeling’s Dry Spell Ends Just in Time for Harvest

After a long winter dry spell, widespread rainfall has brought delight to tea planters in sub-Himalayan West Bengal including Darjeeling, one of the highest tea-producing regions of the country, reports India’s The Economic Times. The rains are expected to give a heavy boost to the quality and quantity of the first flush. Per Indian...

India Grades Its Tea Gardens

In July 2016, the Tea Board of India announced it would rank each of the country’s 1,421 registered tea gardens for quality agricultural practices, replantation, infrastructure, and working conditions. The resulting grades were published recently and the 87 gardens that constitute the Darjeeling Geographical Indicator (GI) did not fare well, garnering only one “A”...

Darjeeling: Flushed with Concern

In the world of tea, Darjeeling is unique – and so are its troubles. The high mountain terrain kissed with mist and bathed in strong ultraviolet light has produced remarkable, aromatic teas since 1850. The season begins in March when first-flush leaves are plucked. This small harvest accounts for 35% of an estimated $69...

Competitive Pricing Reduces India Exports

India will set a new record for tea production for 2016 at 1.22 billion kilos but continues to surrender market share in global exports. Despite increases in production, the quantity of tea sold at the Kolkata Auction dipped 3.9% to 120.8 million kilos in 2016 compared to 2015. Exports for the first eight months...

Darjeeling eAuction Troubles Continue

The decision to include India’s famous Darjeeling tea in the nation’s e-auction system is under intense scrutiny as buyers struggle to reach financial settlement requirements. Last week the India Tea Association (ITA) complained that the Bank of India and India Tea Board have failed to resolve software impediments that first came to light in...

Darjeeling Hopes to Halt Nepal Imports

India has always been a primary market for loose leaf tea from Nepal. A century ago the demarcation between Nepal and India was of little or no concern to growers who brought their leaves to the nearest factory for processing. Today friction is building between India and Nepal over provisions of the Indo-Nepal Free...

Kochi Tea Buyers Ignore e-Auction

Last week for the first time since it was founded, all the tea on sale at India’s Kochi e-Auction remained unsold as buyers abstained from participation in protest of new e-auction rules. The previous week’s auction resulted in the sale of only 715 out of 1,743 lots by 190 active members of the Tea...

Darjeeling Mudslides Destroy Roads and Bridges, Kill 38

Three days of torrential rains in the Himalayan foothills brought devastating mudslides to Darjeeling killing at least 38 and sweeping away critical roads and bridges. Twenty-three remain missing and more than 500 tea workers were displaced last week. Several lost their homes and belongings in late night sea of mud and debris. Roads and...

Darjeeling Worries over Scotland Vote

Scotland is readying itself for a historic vote on independence. Financial concerns are high on the list as questions about currency, the future homes of Lloyd’s and Bank of Scotland and other economic concerns are at the forefront. With Europe and the UK as significant export markets, tea growers in Darjeeling are feeling the...

Promoting Tea Through Sports

The news that India’s Makaibari Darjeeling tea would be served at the 2014 FIFA World Cup made headlines within the industry and beyond. Tea from this well-known estate was to be served to players, guests and other dignitaries in the cafeterias and stadium boxes throughout the month-long tournament. It was big news for Makaibari,...