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

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 Very Popular Passion Berry Iced Tea

Customers often write to us after having tasted our teas at local coffee shops or tea rooms.  We have had requests from around the corner and as far away as Oregon.  The two teas most inquired about are the Iced Passion Berry tea and, of course, Toasted Almond which enjoys a fan club all its own.

Last week, a customer wrote to us:

"I recently learned about your Passion Berry Black iced Tea from my local coffee shop.  I noticed you only sell to businesses.  Do you offer sales to non-wholesale customers like myself?  I can buy it in bulk too since I love it so much!"


Ah yes. We have...

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 Sep 12, 2019  |  Written by Anupa Mueller
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