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

Real Men Drink Tea

If Tea immediately conjures up images of chintz, lace, pinkies up and ladies who lunch, you will need to update your thinking. Gone are the days when Tea was reserved only for the feminine persuasion. Or for when you got sick. Or enjoyed in a drawing room with dainty sandwiches. It is often said that Image Lags. So true. The world of Tea has changed a while ago and it may need a little time for perception to catch up with reality. 

Real Men Drink Tea Blog Mustache Cup - Silver Tips Tea

Let's set the stage. Tea is more widely consumed in the world than coffee and is second only to water in popularity as a beverage worldwide. The revered Japanese Tea Ceremonies were conducted by men. Wars were...

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 Jun 11, 2020  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Tea - Extraordinary Uses For Ordinary Things!

Tea - that wonderful hot beverage that warms you when you're cold, perks you up and sets you on your way. Or perhaps your favorite tea is a tall, cold glass in the summer.  But wait!  There are countless other ways tea can be used.  Here are a few of our favorites:

Relieve Your Tired Eyes
Yes, indeed - they refresh and revitalize tired eyes.  If your eyes are achy or puffy, soak two teabags in warm water and place them over your closed eyes for 15 - 20 minutes.  In many salons, it is quite common during facials to have calming teabags placed on your eyes. The tannins in the tea act to reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes.

Condition Dry Hair
Make a little extra tea and save it for your hair!  Shampoo...

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 Apr 15, 2020  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Tea - Good for Allergies as Well!

Tea Remedies for Allergy Relief

If you're someone who sneezes through the Spring, suffers from runny eyes and the sniffles, you know how miserable this season can be. You're not alone.  Studies indicate that over 25% of the population is affected by allergies which can be triggered by pollen, animal dander, specific foods, air pollution, dust mites, mold and even ingredients in beauty products to name just a few. Why do allergies occur?  They do so when your specific...

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 Mar 31, 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
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