Tea

EU Awards Grant to Scottish Tea Growers

Nine farmers in the British Isles, experiencing renewed interest in locally grown tea, successfully collaborated in seeking European rural development funds last month. The Tea Gardens of Scotland Group representing growers in Angus, Fife, and Perthshire Scotland were awarded £49,500 ($65,000) last month to meet the challenge of farming the crop in the chilly northern...

ITI Collaborates with Kenya Tea Directorate

MOMBASA, Kenya Opening the world’s largest tea auction to offerings of purple, green, and orthodox tea will have a direct impact on the availability of African teas in the U.S. International Tea Importers (ITI) in Los Angeles is working with the Kenya Tea Directorate to oversee exports of purple tea to the U.S. “We...

Planter Will Chair India Tea Board

KOLKATA, India The Government of India broke with tradition last week and named the first tea planter to chair the India Tea Board. In announcing the appointment, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry stated that the executive powers formerly held by the chair will be transferred to an executive deputy chairman, a position that...

Tea Experts See Health, Flavor Benefits from Genome Research

Tea experts predict that the newly successful sequencing of the tea tree genome will result in new cultivars with unique flavors, tailored levels of caffeine, and perhaps improved health qualities. Researchers from Kunming Institute of Botany in China, led by plant geneticist Lizhi Gao, sequenced the tea tree genome (cultivar Yunkang 10) from Yunnan...

Tea Forest in Hawaii Establishes a New Standard of Quality

Big Island Tea produces tea using sustainable farming practices that respect and support Hawaii’s diverse ecosystem, resulting in an exceptionally high quality tea. Eliah Halpenny moved to Hawaii in 2001 from Canada to join her husband, Cam Muir, who had accepted a post-doctorate genetics research position at the University of Hawaii. Being Canadian, Halpenny...

The Rise of US and UK Tea Markets Explored

Jane Pettigrew and Bruce Richardson penned A Social History of Tea (Benjamin Press, 2014), which covers the various shifts in tea culture in the United Kingdom and the United States. The popularity of tea in the U.K. and the U.S. ebbed and flowed during the 20th century, according to Pettigrew and Richardson in their...

Argo Tea Tests Cashless Cafes

Argo Tea is going cashless at four of its cafes and would like to apply this business operations method to the rest of its 49 cafes. This sparks the questions of whether this marks the beginning of a trend of other retailers eliminating the option of cash from their customer transactions and if it...

Muscatel Flavor is Unmatched

The distinctive muscatel flavor is one of the most difficult flavors to identify. I have been tasting various kinds of tea, including Darjeelings, since 1975. But to learn about muscatel took dedication because you need to know the taste to identify it. I was taught to taste at least 50 cups of muscatel tea...

Soda Loses Market Share to Tea

Tea is an important segment in the wave of refreshment beverages that for the first time has surpassed carbonated soft drinks by volume. “The U.S. liquid refreshment beverage market grew more quickly in 2016 than in 2015, which in turn saw acceleration over 2014’s growth,” according to New York-based Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC). “The...