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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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Almost 2,000 kilometers from the coast of southwestern Africa sits the tiny island of St. Helena, renowned as the place of exile of deposed French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who died there in 1821. Read more

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Digitalization might someday streamline the global sourcing of coffee and tea. Five big companies have bet that a startup’s technology will let buyers screen products without physical shipment of samples. Read more

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Great news: demand for top-quality coffee is on a roll in every region of the world. Not-so-great news: coffee production is diminishing, and places suitable for cultivation will shrink drastically over the next three decades. Read more

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Darjeeling made the news in September, unfortunately, in reports that nearly 50% of the tea gardens here were up for sale. Many estates were said to be bankrupt. Read more

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Automatic equipment manufacturer, IMA Group recently consolidated its leading role within the coffee industry by opening the IMA Coffee LAB at its facilities located at IMA Coffee Petroncini headquarters in northern Italy. Read more

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Coffee production is an important sector in the economic life of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. In all four countries the industry is characterized by unorganized, small-scale farming. Read more

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The coffee supply chain is a vast, global network that includes processes like roasting, packaging, distribution, and retail, but it all begins at the farm. Growers hire labor for various durations ranging from full-time to part-time to seasonal. Read more

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Sri Lanka is showing how in times of crisis a core industry can function as a de facto national institution. The tea supply chain, like other sectors, is beset by the economy’s current problems. Read more

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Masala chai, also known simply as chai, is a Hindi phrase that means “spiced tea.” It’s widely available around the world today, but it is believed to have originated in what is now India, Pakistan or perhaps even Thailand. Read more

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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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