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

How to Make and Drink Turkish Tea

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 Turks Drink the Most Tea—How That Came About

Who drinks the most tea in the world?Per person? That would be the Turks, at some 7.7 pounds of tea per person per year (Ahul News 9/29/18). I calculate that's around 2,300 teabags. Per person per year. That seems like a lot. Yet—if I use a teaspoon of loose tea per 8-oz cup and I drink a bit … Continue reading The Turks Drink the Most Tea—How That Came About