A flushing tea plant ready to be plucked.

Guide to Tea Harvest Times

When tea leaves are harvested depends largely on the region in which they are being grown and can vary from season to season with fluctuations in weather. The timing of the harvest is of utmost importance as it can take only a few days for a bud to appear, open up, and grow into a large leaf. Missing the harvest can destroy a crop as a style of tea may require that only the buds be plucked, or that only a certain number of small leaves be plucked after the bud opens. If there is a dormancy period due to
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The United States League of Tea Growers

The United States League of Tea Growers had it’s founding meeting on June 8, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the World Tea Expo. The meeting was attended by several tea growers and many influential people in the tea industry. Nigel Melican and Jason McDonald headed up the meeting in hopes to get a group together for: Building up plant husbandry knowledge Developing best practice processing know-how Developing appropriate automation Product and process innovation Trials related to US conditions Access to cultivars specific to US requirements Generic promotion of US grown teas Collaboration and information sharing Access to information resources
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US Grown Tea

Where tea is grown in the United States

Is tea grown in the United States? It sure is! American grown tea is growing in popularity. Tea farms have been popping up all around the country, here’s a run-down of what we’ve got so far (this post will be updated periodically). Also, be sure to visit the US League of Tea Growers: Farms currently producing US grown tea: Alabama Fairhope Tea Plantation – [article] Bob Sims, Andalusia Tea LLC – [Facebook] Robert McArthur, Mobile – [No Link] California Roy Fong of Imperial Tea Court’s Farm – [article] Golden Feather Tea [farmer’s Facebook] Georgia Dunaway Gardens [website] Tsubaki Tea, Savanah
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Tea in Michigan

Katie and I were attending a wedding in Traverse City, Michigan last fall and while heading to Sleeping Bear Dunes, we made an awesome discovery. We happened upon a small tea shop called “Light of Day Organics” – we were surprised to learn that the owner, Angela Macke not only grows 240 different ingredients for her tea blends, but also has been growing Camellia sinensis since 2005! We were able to see the several varieties plants that she had in the greenhouse adjacent to her tea shop, unfortunately we did not have enough time to see her plants in the ground that
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tea withering

Tea Business Model: Buying Directly From a Tea Producer

As the tea scene explodes in America, we’re seeing many different business models, both on the wholesale side and on the retail side. One that I find particularly interesting is the small but growing trend of tea farms selling directly to American consumers, whether shipping directly from the farm or by shipping to the states for later distribution. I sat down with Chicco Chou of Mountain Tea to learn more about this business model. Chicco was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1987, his family owns 3 tea farms totaling 600 acres in Taiwan, China and Indonesia. His two uncles Zhi
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Guest Post: Making sense of China’s Tea Harvest

In China the tea plant can be harvested anywhere from once to as many as 6 or 7 times per year.  In addition, the first harvest- the first flush in Indian nomenclature- can occur any time from mid-February to end of May. Let us look at some of the factors that determine when tea leaves are harvested. Geography Where the plant is grown will have a big impact on when it can be harvested. This is dependent on a combination of these factors: Sunlight Heat Rainfall You don’t need to be a botanist to know that plants need sunlight to grow.
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Where is tea grown?

Based on my research, this is a list of countries where tea is a cultivated crop. Did I miss any? Argentina Australia Bangladesh Bhutan Bolivia Brazil Cambodia Chile China Colombia Ecuador Ethiopia Egypt England France Georgia Germany Guatemala India Indonesia Iran Italy Japan Kenya Laos Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Mauritius Mexico Myanmar Morocco Nepal New Zealand Nigeria Pakistan Paraguay Peru Portugal Russia Rwanda South Africa South Korea Sri Lanka Sudan Taiwan Tanzania Thailand United States Turkey Uganda Vietnam Zimbabwe 53 listed as of 10/29/2012
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Small Tea Farmers in Sri Lanka

One of the highlights of the tea expo for me was meeting the consulate general of Sri Lanka to the US, Asoka Godawita. His pride for his country and the hardworking tea farmers there overwhelmed me. Sri Lanka’s tumultuous past has made it difficult to travel there for the reason of buying tea. The insurgency ended in May of 2009 and since then, we have seen a wealth of information and good tea flow out of Ceylon. Asoka was able to connect me with many small tea farmers in Sri Lanka that I have been speaking with for the past
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A First Taste of New Zealand Oolong

There is a certain scent that I often smell when in the wilderness, the freshness of the open air coming down from the mountains, the cool feeling of the wind carrying this scent through the trees — the smell of New Zealand. I have traveled to both the North and South islands of this beautiful country twice and every so often I’ll get a wiff of that scent here in the states when I’m out in nature and it puts me right back to New Zealand. I smelled this scent when I opened my pack of Aromatic Oolong from New
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Kenyan Tea Prices at Record High

Reuters reported this week that Kenyan tea prices were at a record high, mostly from concerns that the next harvest will be bad due to foretasted bad weather. Read the full report here [http://af.reuters.com/article/investingNews/idAFJOE59I0R720091019].
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The Manufacturing of Tea in India

In 1883, Edward Money published this great work on the state of the tea industry in India. He goes into the different regions of India, how to set up a tea garden, grow the tea, harvest the tea, process the tea. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know! Here are some photo excerpts: The best part about this is that it is available for download for free @ Archive.org: http://www.archive.org/details/manufacturetea00monerich Enjoy!
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Boh Tea Plantation Fields in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

A Visit to the BOH Tea Plantation in Malaysia

In July 2008, I was backpacking through Malaysia and was able to visit the largest tea plantation in Southeast Asia-the BOH tea plantation. It was a great experience. If you find yourself in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia, be sure to visit a tea plantation. There were rows and rows of tea plants as far as the eye could see. I took a tour of the processing plant and was able to see their process. Their process was described to us as we walked through the factory; they broke it down into each stage: plucking, withering, rolling, fermentation (oxidation), drying
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