January 2021 Update: Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

The pandemic has passed its one-year anniversary as many of us still hunker down, venturing into public places only when necessary. Unprecedented numbers of us are working from home, and in lieu of gathering round the office coffeepot, are making our own beverages. And discovering that we want the indulgence of high quality and taste. … Continue reading January 2021 Update: Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

September Update: Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

As the pandemic grinds on, many of us are seeing sometimes unexpected consequences. Odd items are out of stock at the grocery stores. Local contractors can't find lumber. Some European businesses now ship to pretty much anywhere except the Americas. Tea, being an agricultural product, continues to be impacted by weather conditions as well as everything … Continue reading September Update: Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

May Update: Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

As we navigate new social norms, hoping to prevent infection spikes, and as economies look to recover, it's time to revisit the tea industry. There's both good and bad news, although for India, there's far more bad than good news, even now. Japan In Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, although the tea festival that kicks off the … Continue reading May Update: Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

Update on Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

I never picked up a 2020 calendar for our household use, so, a few weeks ago, I simply canceled the year officially. At least in our kitchen. As many of us continue to be under stay-at-home orders, the ramifications of COVID-19 are becoming clearer, broader, often scarier. We wonder what the lasting effects will be—on … Continue reading Update on Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

Brass Teapots from India

Having looked into my metal Moroccan teapot (previous post), I next pulled out some pieces from India, believing that I could discover some interesting info about them. Not so much, or, at least not in the way that I expected. Teapot (for sure, or pretty for sure) The bottom of this teapot is stamped "INDIA … Continue reading Brass Teapots from India

Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

Our world has been completely upended by COVID-19. Here in Michigan we are entering three weeks of a stay-at-home order, following nearly two weeks of partial shutdown earlier enacted. At the moment, we're ranked #5 of the fifty states for confirmed virus cases and #2 for number of deaths. Grim statistics. Concomitant with worry about … Continue reading Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

Is India’s Tea Industry Really at Risk?

What tea drinker wouldn't click on the headline "'Tea Industry Gasping for Survival,'" recently posted in The Hindu? It practically screams eminent demise! A Tempest in the Tea Cup? Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be merely a case of sensationalism. Rather, it's potentially a looming crisis. India's Consultative Committee of Planters’ Associations (CCPA)* contends that … Continue reading Is India’s Tea Industry Really at Risk?

The Plight of Tea Workers in Nilgiris, India

The health benefits of tea make almost daily headlines these days: Lose weight! Loaded with antioxidants! Fight cancer! But what about the health of those who work in the tea industry? Here the proclamations are not always so glowing. Take the Nilgiris District of southern India, for example. Their Tea As a whole, southern India … Continue reading The Plight of Tea Workers in Nilgiris, India

Mechanization Rolling into India’s Tea Gardens?

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?

Britain, World War I—and Tea

Every Veterans Day we honor our veterans and those still in the armed forces, remembering their sacrifices and paying tribute to their unselfish service. This year is especially poignant, being the 100-year anniversary of World War I. Although Veterans Day was actually yesterday, financial institutions and many federal offices remain closed in observance. And so … Continue reading Britain, World War I—and Tea