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Botanicals As Differentiators in Tea: Information and Education Lag Behind Innovation

More and more premium teas contain other agricultural ingredients that are essential to their differentiation: flower buds and petals, spices, herbs, fruit leaves and peel, scents, extracts, and oil essences.

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The coffee industry should keep an eye on Kazakhstan. Its GDP is by far the highest in Central Asia, and Kazakhs enjoy annual incomes of $30,000 in purchasing power terms, above the level in China, according to 2019 IMF figures. Read more

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In the daily operations of Sri Lanka’s second-biggest export industry, the gravity of the nation’s crisis is illustrated both figuratively and literally. Read more

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Tea and politics go together in a nation where 3 million of the 22 million voters work in the industry, which is the largest private-sector employer. Read more

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To uplift conditions for farmers in Timor-Leste, the Asian Development Bank in 2020 began organizing a project called Coffee and Agroforestry Livelihood Improvement Project. Read more

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Mexico will become the world's leading producer of Nescafe coffee with the opening of a $340 million new factory in Veracruz state. Read more

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Riff, an Oregon-based maker of cold brew coffee, doubles down on promotion of the green credentials of its new RTD cascara beverage by earning it certification as both GMO-free and carbon neutral, claiming that this is a first for an energy drink Read more

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South Africa’s rooibos botanical tea industry in July made its first annual payment to indigenous communities under a historic 2019 agreement to compensate them for their discovery and cultivation of rooibos... Read more

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Tanzania, one of Africa’s top four coffee producers, is stepping up its coffee game, and the numbers prove it. Farmers are forecast to increase output by 3.7% in the 2021/2022 season. Read more

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In April, experts in a variety of disciplines convened for the Sixth International Symposium on Tea and Human Health. Read more

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Tea producers might become proficient enough to make a decent oolong given a few years, but it can take decades to truly become a master. Read more

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