Orthodox tea

India Aggressively Expands Orthodox Tea Exports

KOLKATA, West Bengal China and India, the two largest tea producing countries, export only modest quantities compared to smaller producers such as Kenya and Sri Lanka. Last year, China exported 328.69 million kilos. Kenya, the world’s largest tea exporter, shipped 480.33 million kilos (95% of total production). India exported 222.45 million kilos, which is...

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...

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...

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...

Recent Developments in Nepal

By Samantha Molineaux-Graham Nepali orthodox tea is considered some of the finest in the world, however its availability outside its own borders is extremely restricted. As one of the world’s poorest countries, Nepal simply doesn’t have the infrastructure to effectively manage a profitable export business. Growers possess less-than-adequate marketing and distribution expertise and have...

Spirit Tea

Chicago is far enough north that hot tea sells well six months of the year and in sweltering summers ice tea surges making it one of the best locations for tea retail in the U.S. DAVIDsTEA plans to open several new stores in the area with its new-found IPO financing while Teavana, Adagio and...