Vicky & Dolly…

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Tea is a commodity that is widely consumed in India and we argue that no great idea was ever arrived at without a few sips of this brew. Guests are always offered the customary cup of chai and although its preparation varies by region, it is now deeply embedded in our tradition. Fulfilling this fondness for tea are the […]

Brian the Bulang…

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What do you do when you have never met a person who has become your “close” friend? First thing is that you need a reason to attribute this relationship and in this case it was tea, Yunnan and China in this order itself. Second step is to find out a deeper reason and that came […]

Talking of mountains..

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If you meet a person whose energy is to be contained by walking the mountains then he has got to be Jeff Fuchs – the tall Canadian who criss crosses the roof of the world called Tibet or 西藏. Tea was carried by horses, camels and boats in this succession and later stolen and looted by everyone stronger then […]

Tea in Italy…

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Stephano & Luca started a magazine called Fogli and dream of planting tea in Italy. As usual my fate brought me there and the collection of seeds made us meet and this led to the link in their second issue in the magazine. Now I know this will lead to a visit to see the plants as […]

Lochan Japan…

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Chitoshe Sashida took up the mantle upon herself to form Lochan Japan and after first knowing Miura San of Mitsui Norin in 1985 it became a long journey to reach today where I stood on this platform to receive this Gold award from Shizuoka prefecture governor during 2016 O-Cha festival on Diwali day and it […]

Australian tea masters..

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To train the masters you need a master and that is where Shrayan Johnson excells at. Coming out of nowhere almost from the land which didn’t see tea till recently or even drank it regularly,  she is risen as a new star on the horizon of tea education worldwide and the Tea Master’s Cup is […]

Doke in China…

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It is a dream of every tea person to evolve a tea and establish it among the consumers and in my case it is Doke which made me sit up and realise that it is it’s sweetness which makes people like it who are little distanced to Indian teas because of their astringency be it […]

Rose Sania Wang

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Some people come in your life purely by destiny and Rose is one. It was just few days before tsunami that we met in Chiba and were to visit Mt. Fuji on the diaster day when some miscommunication made me change my plan and I arrived Hangzhou one day too earlier to get a call […]

Namhah..

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A name carries a thousand values and they need to be defined clearly – sometimes good and sometimes bad. Namhah – a start-up like many others has a strong team made up of Tamas Leidal and others from across the globe to present teas from Doke and Rungneet from us. Now it is up to us as to what to present there and […]