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, 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

Chai - A Feel-Good Drink

Chai is like a cup of cocoa – comforting, warm and relaxing.   In summer, it’s a tall cold glass on a hot day, a perfect alternative to a milk shake. The ideal Chai should be rich, creamy with the fully developed taste of Tea, Milk & Spices.  It shouldn’t be too watery or sugary-sweet.  Often this is what you find...

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 Oct 16, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Makaibari's Intrepid Manager - Mr. Das

 Mr. Das Makaibari Tea Estate - Silver Tips Tea Online Tea Store

The title, Manager, Tea Estate, seems so unassuming.  In actual fact though, the Manager of a Tea Estate is, in equal parts, king, champion, shepherd, COO and tea master.  At most tea gardens in India, the highest ranking person is The Manager.  He wields absolute authority and is the arbiter of quality and taste.  At Makaibari, with the beginning of the 2018 season, Mr. Sanjay Das took over the mantle of Manager, for the first time, without Rajah Banerjee's daily guidance.  Rajah, 4th generation owner of Makaibari, stepped away as Chairman as of March 2018.  

Mr. Sanjay Das Compost Pile - Silver Tips Tea Online Tea Store

Mr. Das learned from the best. Although he has over...

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 Aug 29, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

May 1, Good Start to the Month

 

After a rainy, dreary April, finally some sun and cheer today on the first day of May.  We celebrate the beginning of this month by the arrival of our Darjeeling Air Freight.  This will be Makaibari's Lot 10/2018 which means it was the tenth batch manufactured this year.  Unlike many tea estates who start in February with very green leaf (sometimes called a forced plucking), we like to give it a few more weeks and select the leaf that is a bit more formed.  It lasts better and provides the characteristic first flush taste our customers have come to love.  Stay tuned - it will take another week or so to clear Customs and then - we start another season of your favorite Makaibari Tea. 

On a personal note, this is my...

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 May 01, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller
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