Baking With Makaibari Darjeeling!

Just the other day, we received an email from one of our long-time customers that was pleasing to the palate, and one that opens up so many possibilities with baking with tea. This recipe used our Makaibari 2nd Flush Darjeeling to make an Artisanal Apricot Loaf. And yes, this was just one more person baking during the time of Covid.

In this recipe, not only was our 2nd flush Makaibari Darjeeling added to the dough but the dried Apricots were also marinated in the tea before being added to the bread dough. Looks delicious!

Tea and baked goods are one of those combinations that we just can't help but love. Baking with tea adds unique and delightful flavor combinations. Teas can range from earthy to sweet and fruity and can...

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 Oct 13, 2020  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Chai - Add some Spice to your Life!

: Just about every tourist takes a picture of a chaiwallah expertly mixing milk into an aluminum tea kettle, sitting cross-legged in a tea stall Just about every tourist in India takes a picture of a chaiwallah expertly mixing milk into an aluminum tea kettle, sitting cross-legged in a tea stall. Everyone knows Chai – the spicy, sweet, milky tea drink that is served everywhere.  What may not be so well known is that it originated in India and is ubiquitous.  The word “Chai” (the 'ch is pronounced like 'chair') means Tea in India.  The connotation here in the U.S., however, is definitely that of a Spiced Drink, not just a regular cup of Tea. ...

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 Oct 02, 2020  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

MAKAIBARI 2020 IS HERE!

Pleased to offer 1st Flush 2020, 2nd Flush 2020 and Silver Tips 2020 to our dedicated Makaibari fans.  Thank you for your patience.

For fans of First Flush, the leaf is slightly darker than in previous years but the taste is still sharp, crisp and astringent with a clean, floral note.  

The 2nd Flush has the characteristic coppery hue to the infused leaf which is typically not present in the early season 1st flush leaf.  2nd flush tends to hold up better during the year, is more substantial in the cup compared to 1st flush and has a deeper floral note to the cup.  This is the most popular of all the Makaibari teas we offer.

The Silver Tips is again of a high quality - you will not be disappointed. ...

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 Aug 24, 2020  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Makaibari Tea Estate - 2020 Update

It's been a challenging year for all of us in the tea-importing business.  February and March were all about China and our earliest realizations that Covid-19 would result in delays.  Thankfully, China shipments are now back on track albeit with long inspection and holds at the U.S. ports.

Now it is India's turn.  Indian teas are the backbone of our portfolio.  They are the base for most of the Breakfast blends and robust morning cups enjoyed by millions.  Assam CTC grades are an essential item for Chai blends.  India is still on partial lock-down and with global flight restrictions still in place, our efforts to bring in our usual Makaibari Darjeeling by air turned into an adventure we could have done without.

First, there were no flights.  Second,...

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 Aug 14, 2020  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Real Men Drink Tea

If Tea immediately conjures up images of chintz, lace, pinkies up and ladies who lunch, you will need to update your thinking. Gone are the days when Tea was reserved only for the feminine persuasion. Or for when you got sick. Or enjoyed in a drawing room with dainty sandwiches. It is often said that Image Lags. So true. The world of Tea has changed a while ago and it may need a little time for perception to catch up with reality. 

Real Men Drink Tea Blog Mustache Cup - Silver Tips Tea

Let's set the stage. Tea is more widely consumed in the world than coffee and is second only to water in popularity as a beverage worldwide. The revered Japanese Tea Ceremonies were conducted by men. Wars were...

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 Jun 11, 2020  |  Written by Anupa Mueller
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