Purple Tea, Coffee Leaf Tea, Alcoholic Tea & More

Lots of things are happening around the world when it comes to tea. Here’s a summary of all the news that you have to know about from this week.

Purple Tea?

Nelson Kibara has been growing tea in the Kerugoya region for 40 years. He said the prices this year have been so low that he has been left with almost no profit at all. To survive, he said, he needs to diversify. He thinks growing ‘Purple tea’ is the solution…Read More

Invest In Pu Erh Tea

Pu erh prices can sometimes be from another planet as we mentioned before in our article about Taetea’s pu erh tea cake. A growing number of Chinese are buying pu erh as an investment, like wine. In one of China’s biggest recorded sales, two kilos of Pu’erh tea sold for five million yuan, or around 800,000 US dollars. But the market isn’t always stable…Read More.

Coffee, Tea Or Coffee Leaf Tea?

It’s a completely innovative way to look at the plant and it’s disrupting the tea industry as well due to its higher antioxidant content than green tea. The main question remains though: How does it taste?…Read more
If you happen to try it out in the future, but you don’t like the taste, you can always try out our coffee-tea recipe.

Working Conditions Of Tea Pickers In India

Somewhat less pleasant news but important to highlight are the bad working conditions and exploitation tea pickers in India’s tea industry. This goes back centuries but recently about 100 tea workers in the Dooars region of West Bengal have died over the last 12 months brings the feudal conditions under which these workers are forced to toil into sharp focus…Read More

Rain Fall & Tea Taste

With a longer rainy season as a result of climate change, a larger proportion of the annual harvest is likely to be of lower-quality. Another concern for farmers is that tea harvested in the monsoon season needs more drying, which can also reduce its antioxidant properties…Read More

Alcoholic Tea?

Recently we reported about this Mar-Tea-Ni, but the trend towards alcoholic tea is continuing! Here’s the worlds first certified organic alcoholic ice tea…Read More

Where In The World Is That Tea From?

Tea is not just something nice to drink, but an international commodity. Have you ever wondered where that tea in your tea cup came from?

Tea was first grown and cultivated  in China. Before long, it spread to Japan and then was transplanted far and wide. Today, tea is cultivated on lush hills, high mountains and coastal regions in a geographic belt that runs from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn. The great teas of the world are grown and processed in a handful of countries: China, India, Japan, Sri Lanka , and Taiwan.

In China,  tea is mostly produced  in the southern half of the country. They produce some of the world’s rarest green teas, but they export mostly black tea. On an interesting note, the oldest living tea tree resides in China where it is said tea was discovered in the 5th century A.D. Though China exports a lot of black tea, many other teas are present and exported from there.

India produces more tea than any country in the world. Home to many major tea-producing regions, the most celebrated are Assam, Darjeeling, and Nilgiri. From these regions come some of the most exquisite teas in the world.

Japan is renowned for producing green tea and elevating its consumption to a fine art.  Its three major tea-growing regions are Shizuka, Kagoshima, and Mie. Shizuoka, between Mt. Fuji and the Pacific Coast, is the country’s most prolific tea-growing region. The Republic’s Spring Cherry and Big Green Hojicha are perfect introductions into the world of Japanese Green Tea. Bright green powdered matcha – a rare Japanese tea — is the star of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. It is also commonly used around the world in making green tea themed desserts, like Green tea Cheesecake or Green tea Cupcakes.

The hills of the island of Sri Lanka ,formerly Ceylon, are planted with some of the world’s finest teas. Most Ceylon tea is  black tea, fully oxidized. Tea was once a rarity in Sri Lanka – until the coffee crop failed and British grocery magnate Thomas Lipton converted coffee plantations to tea-growing in the 1880s.

The island of Taiwan was once known as Formosa, so you will hear the teas grown there still referred to as Formosan oolong teas. Cultivated at relatively low altitudes, most all of the teas processed on the island become oolong, a semi-fermented tea.

So next time you’re enjoying that cup of tea, whether oolong, green, black or herbal – you can know where it’s from and how that cup fits in the global picture.



The Business of Tea

Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, and can be found in almost all U.S. households. It is the only beverage that is commonly served hot or iced, anytime, anywhere,  and for any occasion. On any given day, over 160 million Americans can be found drinking tea. In 2011 Americans consumed over 65 billion servings of tea or over 3 million gallons. About    85 % was black tea, 14% was green tea, and the remaining amount was white tea and oolong tea. 2011 marked the second consecutive year that the US imported more tea than the UK.  Approximately 85% of tea consumed in the US is iced. The tea  industry anticipates strong, continuous growth over the next five years. And that is only in the US, there are tea drinkers all over the world.

Much of the world’s tea is grown 3,000 – 7,000 feet above sea level, between the tropic of capricorn  and the tropic of cancer, where there is mineral rich soil. The top five exporters of tea are Kenya, Sri Lanka, China, India, and Vietnam. China’s tea exports decreased last year, by 2.8 percent.   The output reached 1.75 million tons , with 3,10,000 tonnes shipped overseas.  China’s tea exports have reached more than 120 countries and regions worldwide. Because the value of Tea exports increased last year so did the price, which ultimately had an effect on the exports. Yang Shengjun, Vice-President of the China Chamber of Commerce of Foodstuffs and Native Produce, says that China will work to nurture major tea producers and boost their ability to innovate.

Tea, no matter where you are, is important both with how much you shell out for that tin or cardboard box and how much the global market is paying. Tea is green in more ways than one.