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Tiny Plastic Particles Raise Big Concerns

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Tea industry suppliers rush to defend the publicly maligned tea bag following media coverage of a research paper that revealed heat-sealed pyramid bags made of nylon and PET release billions of nanoplastic particles during a five-minute steep. Read more

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Retail sales of ready-to-drink coffee have doubled in the past five years, rising to $4.25 billion in 2018, according to Beverage Marketing Corp. Read more

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Kenya, the world’s top exporter of black tea, is failing expectations in value and volume on a crop critical to the country’s foreign exchange. Read more

Tea Report

US consumers spent millions adding oils to their coffee, sipping hemp tea and CBD cold brew, and more following the December 2018 legalization of hemp cultivation. Underpinning the rush to experiment was the false assumption that it was safe. Read more

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Tea industry suppliers defend the publicly maligned tea bag following widespread media coverage of a research paper that revealed heat-sealed pyramid bags made of nylon and PET release billions of nanoplastic particles during a five-minute steep. Read more

Tea Report

Indian tea exports to Pakistan have dropped by half. Re-exports of Indian tea through the United Arab Emirates typically fill the gap when political tensions rise between these two nations, but not this time. Read more

Tea Report

A bounty of tea has not benefitted industrious Kenyan growers. Prices declined 18.6% as revenue through June declined to $7.1 billion (Ksh69.7 billion) compared with $8.8 billion (Kh85.7 billion) the previous year. Read more

Tea Report

American Shaman, an American retailer known for its enthusiasm for CBD, notes that now that cultivating hemp is legal in the United States is a rush to deliver more palatable and convenient forms of cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive companion to THC. Read more

Features

China’s growing thirst for black and purple tea from Kenya has led to a sizeable 5-million kilo-per-year purchasing agreement valued at $70 million annually. Read more

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Consumers in the US are now paying a putative 15% tariff on Chinese tea with the possibility of further increases as high as 25% in the months ahead. Read more

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Executive director José Sette closed theInternational Coffee Organization’s(ICO) first CEO and Global LeadersForum pleased at the signing of a“concrete, time-bound action plan” developed with the private sector. Read more

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Probat introduced this fall the PX120, a mid-sized gas-powered drum roaster that is significantly more energy efficient and offers roasters greater batch control and reproducibility. Read more

Features

Tea bag production is extraordinarily complex and involves many materials, steps, and functional demands. The coffee industry faces a similarly vexing challenge in single-use capsules and k-cups. Read more

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Roasters are at the forefront of the CBD wave, seeking to enhance the health benefits of coffee while avoiding regulatory sanctions following federal decriminalization of the non-psychoactive compound. Read more

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It is winter in the Southern Hemisphere and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology reports an unusually fierce and damaging frost. The spring harvest, with a prized first flush, is endangered. Read more

Tea Report

Continued volatility poses a threat to processed coffees Read more

Features

For the first time since the country’s founding, U.S. consumers will pay a 10% tariff on Chinese tea beginning Sept. 1. Read more

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