Kenya Tea Strike is Over [via: Businessweek]

Kenyan Tea workers went on strike from Feb 8 to Feb 12 — happily they have reached a resolution in the matter: “The strike started after some workers were paid below the minimum recommended wage, George Nesbitt, director of Tea Warehouses Ltd., said by phone from Mombasa” Read the whole thing here: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-02-17/kenya-tea-workers-strike-over-wages-disrupt-shipping-update1-.html
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Fresh Darjeeling Tea – Rare Pearls Rohini Estate

Just before Christmas I received a beautiful package from India (it had a bit of a tough time in the mail as evidence by the dents in the box, but the tea was safe) from my good friend Sonam of “Fresh Darjeeling Tea.” Inside were 3 beautifully packaged fresh teas from Darjeeling — the likes of which I’ve never seen. Sonam has done a wonderful job sourcing rare and amazing Darjeelings — a quick browse through the image-slider on his homepage can show you this. He has found wonderful full-leaf oolong and pearls – teas not generally renowned in Darjeeling.
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Tea Science [via: The Malaysian Star]

The Malaysian Star posted quite a lengthy article on their fortnightly column “Nutri-Science” by Dr. Tee Siong — its a great summation of all of the tea health stories we’ve been hearing of late. I invite you to give it a read: http://thestar.com.my/health/story.asp?file=/2010/1/31/health/5568096&sec=health
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A Long Time Coming…

Its been a long time coming, but I am finally starting my own tea company. Things are in the late stages, teas have been sourced, packaging is finalized. I’m just working on the web site at this time, so if there is anything that annoys you about tea shop sites, please let me know asap! I’m a web developer by trade, so I’m developing the site myself. It should be up soon. Thats all I can say, soon. This idea started in 2006 with a trip to China. My partner, Erin Murphy and I are excited to get things up
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State of the tea industry 2010…

There have been many changes in our industry of late, and as it grows — we must be sure to be mindful of our actions as consumers in this growing industry — demanding only the best, honest, fair goods. A store can only sell things if we buy them. The power is in our hands, especially as this industry takes off. Let me start by introducing three societal “movements” from where many of my ideas and opinions are sourced: 1. Slow Food 2. Free Knowledge 3. The end of mass-marketing The slow food movement was started 20 years ago and
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Want a job in the tea industry? Move to India.

Update: Here is a great resource for India tea related jobs http://www.indianteahelp.com/ This informative article from DNA India has some interesting insight to tea industry jobs in India … see the full post here: “There are a variety of jobs one can specialise in, within the tea industry. Tea tasting is one of the highly specialised areas of work. Research, plantation management, tea brokerage and consultancy are some of the other areas which can be specialized. One can work as a factory manager. The work involves supervision of all plantation work right from planting, plucking, processing to packing and transport
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A month off, a new year.

Its been a little under a month since I’ve written an article. But we all need a bit of a break here and there. It was a wonderful 2009 and I’m excited as the tea industry continues to blossom in America — to see what it brings. More and more of my close friends have been getting into tea, its very exciting to hear how they started, what teas they like, and where they are getting their tea from. This year I’m going to try to be more conscious of where the tea I buy comes from. I guess you
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Mauna Kea's Sweet Roast Green Tea

I have tried some great new teas out of Hawaii. It is really exciting to be able to try something so new. I received this package of “Sweet Roast Green Tea” from Mauna Kea. The leaves looked like no other tea leaves I had ever seen. Almost appearing as if they had been plucked, baked, then coarsely shopped. They were flat and jagged. The instructions on the bag said that this was meant to be an iced tea. “Brew 1/4 cup of tea in 2 litres boiling water for 2 min. Strain. Enjoy Chilled.” Now 1/4 cup of leaves —
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