China—producer of the most tea in the world—needs more tea, particularly black tea. To tea drinkers in the U.S., where green tea is slowly being discovered, that may seem a step backward. Why drink black tea when you live in a country that produces some of the most exquisite green and oolong teas in the … Continue reading Mechanization Rolling into India’s Tea Gardens?
Tea or coffee? As in, which one do you prefer?Innocuous question, right? Yet earlier in history, as tea and coffee were first arriving to their shores, a European's response might have reflected such weighty issues as: power (who had the means to bring tea and coffee to Europe) wealth and status (who could initially afford … Continue reading Prefer Tea over Coffee? Your Choice—or Decided by Your Genes?
First their tea plants were stolen. Then their rival started producing tea with those plants. Now they are buying tea back from said rival! 0kay, that would be vastly oversimplifying and misrepresenting a very complex history! Still, China was the tea producer of the world for centuries; however, as trade expanded and others developed the taste for … Continue reading Tea Traveled from China to India—and Now Returns to China
In under a century, Turkey launched, nurtured, and created a robust tea industry—and now boasts the highest per capita tea consumption in the world (see previous post)! Yet when Turks developed their tradition of making and drinking that tea, they drew on centuries of history. First off, Brewing the Tea Similar to how Russian tea is made in … Continue reading How to Make and Drink Turkish Tea
The Chinese have been cultivating tea for some 5,000 years—and exporting it for over 2,000. In fact, the world's oldest tea leaves (at this date) have been found in a NON-tea-growing region! Those leaves—in Emperor Liu Qi's tomb in Xi'an—confirm that tea reached western China in the first century BCE, while leaves found in Tibet's Gurgyam Cemetery show … Continue reading Has Your Tea Traveled the Silk Roads?
"Anarchy will prevail"?! Really?! Along with the alarming "spiralling" and "musclemen" and "mirage" and "will not survive." In a tea garden?! Because, yep, these dire words address current conditions in Assam's tea industry. Problem One As I related last month, wages have increased for Assam tea workers. However, this cost increase has not been passed … Continue reading Assam Tea in Crisis?
Just read a brief article listing the "four international tea trends" and found this somewhat misleading assertion: Matcha tea, which is popular in China and Japan, is a green tea packed with potassium, magnesium, fiber and vitamins A and C. It also contains L-theanine, an amino acid said to produce a calming effect while still … Continue reading Tea Claims. Are You Being Misled?