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Pang Kham – Home of ShanTea Revisited
The Tea Leaf Theory – An All-India Organic Small Tea Growers Association
Artisan Tea – A Holistic Approach to Producing Tea
Darjeeling Tea – Between Colonial Roots and New Identity
The Chen Family, Wuyishan – Yancha and Bohea Tea Cultivation in 3rd Generation
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  • Pang Kham – Home of ShanTea Revisited
    It’s been almost 10 years now since I first visited the tea village Pang Kham, origin of my ShanTea. The original incentive for my trip to to Pang Kham had been rumors about an ancient wild tea tree population nearby the village. What is ShanTea / Sheng Hei Cha? ShanTea Wild Sheng Hei Cha as a vintage tea @ Siam Tea Shop The Tea Trees of Ban Phang Kham Pang Kham for interested north Thailand travelers
  • The Tea Leaf Theory – An All-India Organic Small Tea Growers Association
    The Tea Leaf Theory is an association of organic small tea growers in tea growing regions across north-east India. One the one side, these include well-established names such as Darjeeling and Assam. On the other side, featuring cultivation and wild tea projects in places such as Manipur and Arunachal, the initiative virtually breaks new ground. In order to ensure an equally high quality level across the portfolio, all individual producers under the project’s umbrella have to adhere to strict process guidelines. Among these, their ambitious principles of organic close-to-nature cultivation, fair prices to producers and fair wages to workers are fundamental pillars of The Tea Leaf Theory’s unique approach. From this point, I am going to let the floor to the project’s founder himself… Just a few days ago, I received an email from Upamanyu Borkakoty, starting with the words “I thought I’d share my story with you…”. Then , the quite emotional lines following this introduction really stroke a chord with me, and I thought maybe so they would with you… The Tea Leaf Theory Story told by the Founder…
  • Artisan Tea – A Holistic Approach to Producing Tea
    For a while already, a term has been “ghosting” through tea terature, which I have also been using on my pages quite frequently during the last few years. Well, every time I write “artisan tea”, I wonder, whether the reader’s…
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  • Darjeeling Tea – Between Colonial Roots and New Identity
    1. Colonial Roots of Tea Cultivation in Darjeeling 1.1. England as a Colonial Power in India From 1858 to 1947, India was under British colonial rule. That was not so long ago, and the structures created at that time are…
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  • The Chen Family, Wuyishan – Yancha and Bohea Tea Cultivation in 3rd Generation
    In the world of tea, “Wuyishan” is a magic word like no other. As such, it instills a sense of awe and opens the hearts – and purses – of tea lovers worldwide. And this for a number of good…
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  • Ancient Trade Routes of Tea from China to Europe, Russia and the Middle East
    (Land and Sea) Routes of Tea Trade from China to Russia and Europe (click to enlarge) 1. Milestones of Tea on its way to Europe, Russia and the USA 1600 – First tea reaches Europe with Portuguese sailors and establishes…
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  • The Spread of Tea Culture in Asia
    Click map(s) / picture(s) to enlarge   We have already dedicated a blog article to the “Discovery and Development of Tea as a Beverage in China”. When reading that article, it becomes clear that all common cultivation and processing methods…
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  • Transparency @ Siam Tea Shop – Our Tea Prices
    In advance, the following statements are not generally applicable to tea shops – whether online or physically. While it is this article’s declared goal to bring transparency into our tea retail prices, Siam Tea Shop occupies a niche of its…
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  • Laos, Kinnari Tea – Handpicked and Processed Arbor Teas from Biodiverse Cultivation
    “Fertile Crescent ” of Camellia Sinensis / Kinnari tea cultivation regions and base camp Kinnari Story Kinnari Tea is a Vientiane-based German-Lao project that has been born from a pure passion for tea. The German operator, Anna-Maria Phayouphorn, and her…
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