In Praise of Organic Green Dew Tea

 17 Jan, 2017  |  Written by Dina Dunnings

Customers loving 2015 Makaibari

CIMG0130We have some die-hard fans of Makaibari.  They check our website daily to see if the new harvest is in.  They write us e-mails asking when the air freight is arriving.  They pre-order.  This year it seems we are receiving even more praise for Makaibari than in years past.  Here are two comments:
Hello Anupa, the flavor is so exquisite and unique this year on the first flush, that it reminds me of the very first one I had up in the Himalayas at Makaibari on my trip.  Is it just the lot you sent or is it the whole crop this year that is so exceptional? I received my tea order this morning and cupped it.  I have to say the quality of this year's Makaibari Estate 2nd flush is exquisite.  I opened the bag and...


 25 Jul, 2015  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

The record-breaking Makaibari Silver Tips Imperial

[caption id="attachment_4668" align="aligncenter" width="540"]RARE SILVER TIPS IMPERIAL RARE SILVER TIPS IMPERIAL[/caption] Just before the summer solstice this year, on the full moon night of June 13, from a minute past midnight to 3 am, specially trained women plucked the two leaves and a bud by the light of hand-held tallow torches at Makaibari Estates in Darjeeling.  The plucking time of 2 hours, 59 minutes was fixed after intensive study of the biodynamic calendar and precise astronomical charts. Rajah Banerjee, Chairman of Makaibari, explained that during the full moon, water content in all life forms decreases.  "What you have in the tender tea leaves and bud is the disitilled essence of the plant with all its subtle flavours and characters".  A very small amount of limited reserve Silver Tips Imperial was produced and acquired by only 3...


 11 Dec, 2014  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

We're in Fresh Cup Magazine!

Fresh Cup Magazine is the premier publication for the Tea/Coffee industry and each year they feature one person in the business for their December Tea Almanac issue.  This year, we got the honor - read more about it here.   For consumers, our site is For businesses, our site is      


 08 Dec, 2014  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Annual Organic Inspection - Passed!

USDA_seal_colorWe are a Certified Organic company.  What does that mean?  It means an independent third-party accredited firm, authorized by the USDA, visits us once a year (which was yesterday) to make sure we follow all the requirements needed to be "certified" Organic.  There is great ambiguity in the marketplace about the various terms - Natural, Organic, Non-GMO, Fair Trade, and I learned of a new one yesterday, Certified Humane.  Here's a very quick overview:
  • Natural - Beware of this label - it could mean just about anything, covers a wide plethora of items and has the least relevance.  Don't be fooled.
  • Organic -  If it is Certified Organic, it will always carry the USDA Organic seal and say 'Certified Organic'.  All our Organic teas on our site are Certified Organic.
  • Non-GMO - although...


 25 Sep, 2014  |  Written by Anupa Mueller


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