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

English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast - What's the Difference?

Silver Tips Tea English Breakfast Tea

In the late 19th century, the English basically had two meals a day – a hearty breakfast with meat and bread, and then dinner.  The Duchess of Bedford, it is said, needed an in-between meal to get her through this long period between these two meals.  She began serving finger foods around 5 o’clock and thus began ‘afternoon tea’.  A few years later, an enterprising Scotsman named...

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 Feb 28, 2020  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Our 10 Tips for Making the Best Loose Leaf Iced Teas

Silver Tips Tea Iced Tea

June marks the official beginning of Summer – that wonderful season of time in the sun, long days, a book in your hand and a tall glass of iced tea nearby. Just as January is National Hot Tea Month, the month of June is dedicated to Iced Tea and June 10th is Iced Tea Day. It’s certainly come a long way from the hot summer of the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904 when people went in search of cold beverages.  One enterprising merchant added iced to the steeped loose leaf black tea he had and brought instant refreshment to the crowds.

Iced Tea is simple to prepare and a healthful alternative to soda and sugary drinks.  It needs just a few teaspoons of loose leaf...

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 May 29, 2019  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Make Every Day Earth Day

 

Hard to believe it is almost 50 years since the concept of Earth Day was introduced.  On April 22, 1970, about 20 million Americans took to the streets in answer to Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson's call for a "national teach-in on the environment".  His partners in this effort were Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey and Denis Hayes from Harvard.

Fast forward to 1990 when a group of environmental leaders requested Denis Hayes to lead another big campaign. Many of us remember that day when 200 million people worldwide in 141 countries participated in efforts to boost environmental issues globally.  In 1995, Senator Nelson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest honor given to civilians in the United States - for his leading role as the founder of...

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 Apr 11, 2019  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Durgi - Tea Plucker at Makaibari

As you wind up the Pankhabari road towards Makaibari Estate in Darjeeling, you are mesmerized by the immense beauty stretching all around you. Steep hills lined with green tea bushes, women plucking leaves, winding trails through tea plantations and bamboo trees everywhere. The romance of the area fills the air. You can imagine living out your days here surrounded by the serenity.  As you enter Makaibari territory, you notice everyone greeting you with smiles as you drive by.  This is a couple of years ago and I am with Rajah Banerjee, 4th generation owner and his wife, Srirupa, my sister.  We are family and so are all of Makaibari's workers.  Some have been there all their lives.

Durgi (pictured above) is no exception.  She...

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 Nov 01, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller
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