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Liquor Terms

Aroma- The scent which reveals a tea’s innate character. Dry leaves, infused leaves and the tea liquor itself all have distinctive aromas peculiar to their region and even to their estates. Aromas are usually described by making analogies with flowers or fruits. For instance, fine Formosa oolong’s aroma may be said to be peach-like. Astringency- […]

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Infused Leaf Terms

Aroma- The scent which reveals a tea’s innate character. Dry leaves, infused leaves and the tea liquor itself all have distinctive aromas peculiar to their region and even to their estates. Aromas are usually described by making analogies with flowers or fruits. For instance, fine Formosa oolong’s aroma may be said to be peach-like. Bouquet- […]

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Dry Leaf Terms

Among the connoisseurs and seasoned tea aficionados, tea has a wide and varied language. For the beginner, the enjoyment comes from developing your own language to describe the aroma, flavor and physical characteristics of the dry and infused leaves and liquor. To assist you on your tea journey, we have broken our tea tasting terms […]

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How To Judge Tea

What’s in your cup? We wanted to give some guidelines about judging the tea that you buy. These are just guidelines, not rules; a starting point for judging tea. We loosely translated these guidelines from the Chinese encyclopedia of tea. Keep in mind that you will have a pretty hard time determining much on the […]

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Goodricke to gradually focus on branded teas

Goodricke Group Limited, a part of UK-based Camellia Plc, will gradually shift its focus on branded teas, a company official said today. “We will now gradually shift our focus to branded teas as this business gives a steady flow of income, though the returns are not high”, MD and CEO of Goodricke A N Singh […]

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Woes Aplenty for Darjeeling tea exporters

According to estimates, production between January and mid March declined by about 5.85 million kg compared to the cor­responding period last year. Darjeeling tea exporters are going through a rough patch, with foreign buyers refusing to compensate them for exchange rate losses. About a year ago, the euro stood at 80-84 to a ru­pee; cur­rently, […]

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Wizard : The continuous withering system

For the first time in Tea Processing, a Continuous Withering System has been introduced with great success by T & I GLOBAL LTD, INDIA. System consists of Continuous Chemical Withering (CCW) and Physical Withering Machines(CPW)and has transformed tea manufacture from batch to continuous process. Mr. Bob Gray, heading Research and Development at James Finlay, Kenya […]

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Arpita Agro: Ek cup chai ho jaye – JOR laga ke

Joydeep Majumder Managing Director Arpita Agra Products (P) Ltd. Whether happy, stressed or catching up with friends, – tea seems to be a favourite drink of most people in India. India is one of the largest producers of tea and a large consumer of it. It is a beverage that is liked and consumed throughout […]

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Harvard, IIT graduates are tea sellers, too

Look for Fresh funding as tea seling gains scale online as well as offline Amuleek Singh Bijral had some of the best offers from the corporate world after graduating from Harvard Business School. But those offers weren’t his cup of tea; so, Bijral did something that surprised even his closest friends – he set up […]

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Dry spell casts gloom on Barak tea production

Adverse weather conditions across Barak Valley have affected tea production, according to a press-release of India Tea Association here. The tea production for the second year in succession is under severe stress due to dry conditions resulting in droughty spell prevailing not only in tea areas of this valley but also of Assam and West […]

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CTC dust tea sees demand at kochi sale

Dry weather continues to affect arrivals of tea at the Kochi auctions. CTC dust witnessed a good demand and 90 per cent on offer got sold last week. At sale no. 8, the quantity on offer was 9,66,000 kg, low compared with last week. The teas which came under the selection of AVT were firm […]

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The Shillong Times: State Bank of India (SBI) will provide finance totaling Rs 100 crore benefiting 3,000 small tea growers in the North East

State Bank of India (SBI) will provide finance totaling Rs 100 crore benefiting 3,000 small tea growers in the North East soon, a senior official of the public sector bank said today. Finance will be provided to tea growers who have proper basic documents of their existing garden as per Tea Board of India norms, […]

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Center should step up to ease problems of tea workers

After settlement of tea workers’ wages and assurance for implementing Minimum Wages Act in tea plantation the north Bengal development minister Mr Gautam Deb today said the Central government should conduct in depth study to resolve the other issues of tea industry in this region. Addressing the 86th annual general meeting of Terai Indian Planters’ […]

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Bengal tea workers wages hiked

When uncertainty prevails over negotiations for determining wages of the tea garden workers of the State, the planters’ associations and workers’ unions of West Bengal have signed a wage agreement determining the daily cash wage of the neighbouring state’s tea garden workers for three years commencing on April 1, 2014. The agreement seeks to effect […]

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SBI to finance small tea growers in NE

State Bank of India (SBI) will provide finance totalling Rs. 100 crore benefiting 3,000 small tea growers in the North East region soon, a senior official of the public sector bank said today. Finance will be provided to tea growers who have proper basic documents of their existing garden as per Tea Board of India […]

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Tea Unions, Planters lnk 3-yr tea wage pact

PLANTERS AGREE TO ENHANCE EXTRA LEAF PRICE FOR WORKERS It took trade unions, planters, and the state government seven tripartite meetings to finally hammer out a three-year agreement on tea workers’ wages. Trade union representatives and planters finally inked the accord after a marathon meeting at Uttarkanya here on Friday. The trade unions, mainly the […]

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Tea Prices gain at Coonoor auction

At least 88 percent of teas on offer got sold at the first auctions of the Coonoor Tea Trade Association last week. Some 13.72 lakh Kg were on offer and average prices were up Rs 3 a Kg. Darmona Tea’s Red Dust fetched Rs 216 a Kg the highest price among all CTC teas. Their […]

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Scarecrow to Handle Wagh Bakri, LocalBanya & Vox Pop Account

Advertising agency Scarecrow Communications has picked up three new accounts — tea brand Wagh Bakri, e-commerce company Local Banya and online apparel retailer Vox Pop Clothing. The estimated size of all the businesses is Rs 30-35 crore. Manish Bhatt, founder director of Scarecrow Communications said, “Wagh Bakri is a 122-year-old tea brand and had a […]

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Food for thought : The manufacturing process of Orthodox and CTC are very different

The tea bush is actually a tree, which is maintained at a bush-level for convenience of plucking. Two leaves and a bud are plucked from the tea bushes. The manufacturing process of Orthodox and CTC are very different- and somewhat interesting. Orthodox tea is withered to as low as 35% moisture content (Darjeeling teas) whereas […]

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Tea Board rolls out plant protection code

The Tea Board has begun implementing the plant protection code from January 1 to bring down usage of harmful pesticides and insecticides in plants. But small tea growers are worried a lot as they are of the view that the rules are confusing. In a circular on Thursday, the Tea Board said all small tea […]

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Plant Protection Code rolls out to make tea a safer beverage

The document deals with safe usage of crop protection products and methodologies. Plant Protection Code (PPC), a set of guidelines for regulating the chemical inputs in tea cultivation, was rolled out on January 1, 2015. The aim is to make Indian tea a safe and healthy drink. The PPC is a comprehensive document, which deals […]

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First bite tea of life

Mad for chai? We show you how to get more out of your cuppa. Turn Over A New Leaf Happily tea addicts in India have never had it so good with so many fab varieties flooding the market. Our vote goes to high-quality loose-leaf teas, made from leaves picked during the earlier part of harvest […]

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On test Masala Teas

A spicy Masala chai turns on the heat like no other we put six brands through our sip test Words AMIT PAMNANI Photographs Tinkesh Achhipalia Organic India Rs 85/50G This tea doesn’t come in tea bags; It comes as a powder making it a bit inconvenient to brew, However, that’s its only negative. The Cheapest […]

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National drink status sought for indian tea

The tact that coffee is increasingly becoming the flavor of choice is not being taken well by tea aficionados. Famous Mumbai-based ad man Prahlad Kakkar expressed this view freely at a recent event to promote tea as a drink of choice. “Even though tea is lot more subtle and varied than coffee it is losing […]

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Assam has potential to produce purple tea

Assam can emerge as the only place in the world after Kenya to become a producer of health-rich purple tea, a senior scientist and tea expert in the Tocklai Tea Research Institute has said Currently, Kenya is the only country that produces unique purple tea which fetches three to four times the price of black […]

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The cup that cheers may cure too

India-born Prof Kattesh Katti’s research shows green tea, gold can treat prostate cancer Green tea and gold can help treat prostate cancer. Sounds incredible? Meet Professor Kattesh Katti, whose research claims to prove that. “Not every day is a great day in research. But I’m hoping that one day, I’ll be able to develop nanoparticles […]

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Tata Global Beverages

Business & Background – Tata Global Beverages is a major tea and coffee producer in the country. Prospects – Bloomberg’s current analyst coverage had eight buy, two hold and six sell recommendations on Tata Global. Bloomberg analysts’ consensus estimates pegged the consolidated FY15revenue growth for the company at 7.7 percent, Higher than the actual growth […]

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Centre keen to have real-time data for every commodity : sitharaman

“Absence of real-time data” is the biggest handicap in the present day decision-making process. Policy decisions taken without real-time data or involving industry stakeholders will prove to be disastrous, observed Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman. Stating that the Centre is keen to have real-time data for every commodity, Sitharaman urged the […]

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TE owners yet to receive State Govt intimation on rations

Till date the Department of Food and Civil Supplies has neither officially confirmed discontinuation of the supply of subsidised rations, nor continuation of the allocation to tea garden workers from January, 2015. This has kept the garden owners in a confused state as to whether they would get rice and flour according to the earlier […]

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Tea industry fears hurdles to PPC implementition

The Plant Protection Code (PPC) is a comprehensive document, developed by the Tea Board, which lays down the manner in which chemicals are to be used safely in tea cultivation. Sensing several challenges in the way of implementation of the Plant Protection Code (PPC) from January 1, 2015, the Consultative Committee of Plantation Association (CCPA), […]

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CITU plans intense agitation on ration-logjam

More and more tea unions are hitting the streets in protest against the decision of the estate managements and companies to discontinue ration–system in the gardens extended to the hard working labourers, the mainstay of tea economy. After Barak Cha Sramik Union, CITU affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Cha Mazdoor Sangha today raised its voice with hundreds […]

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Andrew Yule goes e-commerce way to push packet tea sales

Kolkata-based diversified PSU, Andrew Yule & Company today said that they would give a thrust on sale of packet tea to reclaim market share. For that the company has decided to walk the e-commerce way beside concentrating on the offline mode. “We want to give greater stress on sales of packet tea of our produce […]

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How tea was started in India

The Singpho chieftain Raja Bisa Bom met a trader Robert Bruce in 1823 at Sadiya a small trading town in Upper Assam. He mentioned in passing about the tea trees that grew wild in Bisa villages. Robert Bruce, ever the opportunist, vis-a-vis the world’s heavy dependence on Chinese Tea, made an irresistible offer to the […]

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Organic Tea

Organic Tea: As the name denotes- these teas have been grown naturally without the use of any chemical pesticides or weedicides. Vermiculture helps in aerating the soil and thus helping in increasing the fertility of the soil. Natural predators of the pests like helopeltis and red spider are sometimes introduced to reduce their population.

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CTC teas

CTC teas: Originally only orthodox tea was manufactured. CTC came into being as late as 1960s, vis-à-vis Orthodox, which has been around since 1839! CTC is an acronym of the initial process “Cut-Tear-Curl/Crush” (Some call it curl; others-crush. You take your pick) where the tea is passed through 3 sets of rollers to make the […]

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Orthodox tea

For Orthodox manufacture, the leaves have withered to the right moisture content- they are “fed” into rolling tables which comprises of a big cylinder atop a big cast iron table where the top surface is made of brass, with a release plate at it’s center to release. The cylinder is made to rotate, with its […]

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Launch of our Bottled Green Tea

Tea is important and most adored beverage in India. The special feature of the bottled green tea is that its launching was done by Dr. A.P.J. Kalam at World Tea Science Congress, Tocklai.

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