Allergens in Tea

Chances are, if you drink Black, Green, Oolong or White Tea on a daily basis, you've never experienced an adverse reaction.  I'm talking about regular, straight tea in its finest, purest form - nothing added.  Sometimes, we refer to these as Varietals.  But Tea has evolved.  We flavor them, add flowers to it, blend it with fruits, mix it with spices, enhance it...

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 18 Jan, 2017  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

A Guide to Steeping Loose Leaf Tea

Over the years, we've heard just about every comment about steeping loose leaf Tea:

  • I hate Green tea - it's just too bitter!
  • Mine never comes out like yours!
  • When I make it at home, it's always too watery.
  • I can't taste anything!
  • I just stick to English Breakfast - it comes out perfect!
  • What am I doing wrong?!

    Yes, we understand your frustration. So let me share the 3 secrets to making the perfect cup every...

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     17 Dec, 2016  |  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...

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     12 Jul, 2016  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

    Visitors at Makaibari

    Makaibari has a special appeal for visitors because it is a heritage tea factory and the owner is on the premises, a rarity among Darjeeling tea estates.  A casual visitor is often thrilled to spend 15 minutes with Rajah Banerjee, 4th generation owner of Makaibari, tasting teas with him and hearing him narrate the history and background of the estate. If they are especially fortunate, he will even take them on a tour of the plantation.  And there...

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     18 Jun, 2016  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

    All the Tea in China

    Legend has it that Emperor Shen Nung was strolling through his garden, drinking his usual cup of boiled water, when a leaf from a nearby bush fell into this cup.  This was in 2737 B.C.  He was not only pleased with its taste but with early knowledge of herbal medicine, soon declared it to be medicinal drink.

    In the sixteenth century B.C., the Taoist philosopher Lao-tzu also mentions tea in his great travels.  It is a fact that by 500...

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     20 Feb, 2016  |  Written by Anupa Mueller
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