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Tea News and Biz Insight - April 16, 2021

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

HEAR THE HEADLINES – | India Surpasses Brazil as the World’s COVID Hotspot | Tea Imports Spike in Pakistan
| The Global Tea Initiative at the University of California, Davis Hosts a Second Virtual Event | Tea Masters Cup Names Champions in Moscow

| GUEST – Jack Mackenzie, general manager, Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant in Dorchester, England.

| FEATURES – This week Tea Biz offers a glimpse of the many teas of India. Aravinda Anantharaman takes us on a tour revealing there is lot more to savor than chai…and we travel to the idyllic Summer Lodge Country House Hotel in Dorchester for a new take on the old English tradition of afternoon tea.

The Many Teas of India

The almost 1.4 billion people who live in India consume about 20% the tea produced globally, including most of the tea grown there. Consumption averages 840 grams per person annually. Growth slowed 2.5% in 2020—much weaker than in previous years—due to retail closures but India has not lost its taste for tea, it is just prepared more at home. Aravinda Anantharaman takes us on a tea tour that reveals there is lot more to savor than chai.

Afternoon Tea Re-imagined

Situated in the rolling hills of Dorset, the Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant is the perfect setting to savour Afternoon Tea in the idyllic English countryside. But when the pandemic closed the hotel the restaurant staff, at the direction of general manager Jack Mackenzie, were forced to cleverly design an afternoon tea takeaway so memorable that this old English tradition became an Instagram hit for patrons unboxing their dainties at home.

The Tea Bi is podcast delivers teanews that you need to know, a recap of the week's major headlines,with commentary and cultural trends, hosted by Dandhole is, the voice of originfor tea professionals enthusiast the world by. Think of us as a digital caravanof storytellers, bringing authentic, authoritative, exotic and exclusive stories to you weeklyfrom the tea lands. Each week, the tea Bi is podcast summarizes newswith the greatest impact on the tea industry. But Tea requires far more nuanced coveragethan the recitation of production volumes and commodity prices. That is why thetea Bi is podcast is paired with the more inclusive teabe is blog and teajourney magazine. The podcast offers a weekly mix of news and features. Itis innovative and interactive, permitting listeners to conveniently contact reporters at origin to askquestions that are answered via text messages that are delivered privately to their phone.Welcome. Here are the headlines. India surpasses Brazil as the world's covid hotspot. The Global Tea Initiative at the Universe City of California Davis hosts a secondvirtual event. Tea Imports Spike in Pakistan and Tea Masters Cup names champions inMoscow. More in a minute, but first this important message. Avani empowersrural women practicing sustainable agriculture, including tea and crafts such as weaving with naturalfiber and plant base. Dies up in the towering Himalayas. Human is oneof India's oldest tea regions. Today we...

...raise our cups in the name ofAvani Kuman, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening farming communities. Cheers to a brighterfuture for all. To donate, visit Avani da Quman Dot Org. TeaGardens are taking extra precautions as a second wave totaling nearly two hundred thousand DailyInfections Force lockdowns in Mumbai this week and heightened fears across the country. InMarch, the daily count was under fifteenzero. Across India. Nine states, includingtea growing regions Kerala and Karnataka, this week reported their highest ever dailycount. The virus is now killing more than a thousand daily. West Bengalwhich includes Kolkata, recorded its highest single day spike of four thousand eight hundredcases. This week the state's death count is tenzero four hundred, about tentimes greater than a psalm. West Bengal is inoculating more than a hundred thousandpeople a day. A Psalm, which produces the largest quantity of tea inIndia, is faring much better with a thousand and twenty three active cases.The state has reported two hundred and twenty Onezero cases and a thousand one hundrednineteen deaths since the onset of the pandemic. Business inside dry weather in west Indiais causing greater havoc than the coronavirus right now, driving down yield andidling workers and factories. The Global Tea...

Initiative at the University of California andDavis will host the second in its talking about tea series from three to fivepm Friday April twenty three. The virtual presentation on myths, legends and anecdotesincludes research papers, presentations on tea, poetry and early writings about tea,with a review of tea gardens of London in the seventeen and eighteen century.The GTI website has more than thirty presentations available for viewing. Founding Directory.Catherine Burnett said this will be a quote, more casual, conversational end quote eventthan the First Session in January. She said people will be able tochat with each other and Commat and network and share ideas, learn from eachother and get that kind of personal engagement that you can do on site.Admission to the zoom event is free. Visit Global Tea dot you see DavisDot Edu to register. Tea Imports Spike in Pakistan. The pandemic boosted teaimports by twenty seven percent to a hundred and seventy one point five metric tons. For the eight months ending February two thousand and twenty one, the valueof TAM ports grew seventeen teen percent compared to the same period ending in Februaryof two thousand and twenty. Pakistan ranks third among the tea importing nations,spending more than five hundred million on tea annually. According to the Pakistan Bureauof Statistics, the bureau recorded a twenty percent increase in the country's trade difficentlast year, lending new urgency to reducing...

...foreign exchange outflow. Pakistan has grownsmall quantities of tea since one thousand nine hundred and fifty eight, but untilrecently it was less costly to import tea from India. Due to border hostilities, India no longer ships tea direct to Pakistan business inside. Last week,the Gaza Tea Association in China offered to assist Pakistan grow more tea locally,utilize and cultivars expertise and machinery from China to produce broken leaf black tea.Five years ago in Morocco, Juzov began working with the local blenders and packersto create a profitable local brand in north Africa. Quote, we can makebreakthroughs in technology and increase productivity, said GT the AC secretary general, Shujimen in Guza. Small farmers rely on an enterprise driven model that could findsuccess in Pakistan. The pandemic force the cancelation of qualifying rounds and limited appearancesat exhibitions to a single event during the two thousand and twenty one cycle.But the Tea Masters Cup concluded successfully at the recent coffee tea in Cacao RussianExpo in Moscow. Sixty one tea masters competed in tasting and tea preparation categoriesthat were modified to prevent sharing cups. Nikolai Doji, the reigning tea tastingchampions, successfully defended his top ranking by identifying every outlier when presented with sixsets of three infusions in three minutes.

Olga elisio Di Niko won the teapreparation category, besting sixteen contenders in preparing two teas. Are Vinda and Adairmanin Bengluru. Brings US this week's tea price report. INDEPTI support see afourteen. Week ending April ten trout like conditions, plague, Dargeling, Congraand parts of a Sam. Mood has been understandably gloomy. Meanwhile, Hillstorms and a Sam of the weekend affected several tea growing districts in the south. Rain Charts have arrived or expected this week. Prices for sale fourteen.Despite a much a weighted start of the Kolkata auction, sale footeen did notopen on a high note. Only fifty five percent of tea and offer wassold. Kahati saw better responses and prices to Orthodox sleep and dust. Ahundred percent of the dust sold. A green tea from the Doni Polo Gardenin our Natural Pradesh sold for six hundred and twelve rupees, making the highestprice this week. The CILIGORY auction focused only on CTC leaf and dust thisweek in coachee. Supply Co was missed among buyers and the CTC dust marketfound few takers, leading to prices dropping by five to tend repiece. Orthodoxdust did better than CTC dust at eighty six percent sold to up country buyersand the local market. Orthodox leaf also did well, with eighty percent soldCIS countries and the Middle East. For the main buyers. NILGII'S D fetchedgood prices at a low of two hundred and thirty repees and a high ofthree hundred and eleven repees. Kulu and Coimbeo auction prices were similar. Kunursaw a high volume of tea on offer this week. As for prices,home dale estates read dusty grade top the list at three hundred and five apiecea kilo. A limited quantity of green tea was an offer in Kunur andall of it was sold. And now a word from our sponsor. Qtrade teas works with tea purveyors at every scale, from promising startups to theworld's largest multinational beverage brands. In the...

...hot, iced and bottle tea segments. With US based formulation, blending and packaging services. Q trade can helpyou innovate, scale up and grow your specialty tea brand. For more information, visit our website, que trade, teasecom. This Week TEAB is offersa glimpse of the many teas of India, are Vinda and our Theorem, andtakes us on a tour revealing there's a lot more to saber than hyand. We travel to the idyllic summer large country househotel and Dorchester, England, for a new take on the old English tradition of afternoon tea. Almostone point four billion people live in India. Together they consume about twenty percent ofthe tea produced globally, including most of the tea grown there. Consumptionaverages eight hundred and photograms per person annually. It slowed a bit to two pointfive percent and twenty two munch week here than in previous years, dolargely to retail closures. But that doesn't mean India lost it's taste for tea. They just prepared more. Home known for their beloved Chai. Their preferencesare as diverse as the people who live there. India's association with Chai isa long and strong one. Chai connotes milky sweetness, a social break inthe day, train journeys spices. But here's the thing. It's not theonly kind of tea that enjoys cultural popularity in the country. Here are afew teas from across India with a deep cultural affinities and quite a far cryfrom Chai. In the south, coffee is a popular beverage, except inKerala, were tea is a staple. The solemney is a tea from KerlasMOPLA Muslim community in the Malba region.

While its origin is undocumented, thereare references to its connection with Arabian beverage called a Kava, made with datesand black pepper. There was sea trade between the Arabian and Malabar coasts,so there could be some truths here. The salmoney is made of black tea, cardamum, cinnamon, lime juice and sugar or honey. Some add apinch of saffron. Moving West, tea time for the Parsi community in Indiais Choi, black tea with mint and lemongrass and, if available, spearmint, famous for the baking skills. The parsis enjoy their tea with something sweeteat, or sometimes a sandwich. Choi is made with any black tea leafor ct sea or dust, steeped in boiling water, along with the mintand lemongrass. It's sweetened and served with a spot of milk. Up North, CASHMIR has a Cava. It's not an everyday drink, but an occasionalone, usually served before and after a feast. The Cova is made witha bit of green tea, but saffron and cardamom pods are the mainstay ofthis beverage. It's sweetened and garnished with slivers of Almond. Sometimes a littlemilk is added, making it the dudes or milk Cova. The CAVA isserved from a Sam over, as befitting its celebratory status. Every day teain cashmire is a noon Chi or salt tea. This is made from agreen tea concentrate to serve. Milk and salt are added to the concentrate.The tea has a faint pink color from the addition of soda and it's enjoyedfor the warmth it delivers. The salt is also the preferred tea. Inthe northwestern parts of India, in places like La dark, sharing ties withTibet, the tea here is Pocha, or salted butter tea. In theeast, where so much of India's tea grows, there's no deaths of teachoices. But in Calcutta tea on the streets is Labucha, which is lemonblack tea with a touch of black salt that gives it its spicy, Tangysour sweetness. For the East, tea is preferred black and smoked in moneypour in parts of a salmon nun of the land, tea has been enjoyedeven before the British product. Here tea...

...is made from leaves hovested from wildgrown bushes. It's withered, dried and stuffed into bamboo and allowed to smokeover the store for an extended period. Smoky black tea is a staple.I suspect there are more teas that would make it to this list, whichjust emphasizes the truth about tea, that it's worst ale beverage and its placein the culture comes from how one has made it. One's own afternoon teareimagine situated in the Rolling Hills of Dorset. The Summer Large Country House hotel andrestaurants the perfect setting to savor an afternoon tea in the ibillic English countryside. Well, when the pandemic close the hotel, the restaurant staff was forcedto cleverly design an afternoon tea takeaway so memorable this old English tradition became aninstagram hit for patrons unboxing their dainty said home. The global pandemic has readhavoc on hospitality businesses the world over. This is down in just silver fromP M David silver and sons sitting down in conversation with Jack Mackenzie, thegeneral manager of the luxury Summer Lodge Country House hotel, part of the RedCarnation Hotel group that's based in ever shop in Dorsetshire in rural England. Wesit down and we talk about how is business has pivoted from offering traditional afternoontea in a country house setting to offering afternoon tea in a customers home.Food and beverage is an important stream of revenue for hotels. How important wasafternoon tea for for your hotel prior to the pandemic? Often he's always beena hugely important part of our food and beverage operation. You know, asI think it allows us a connection with our local area that sometimes the restof if be doesn't. It's a much more accessible service to people. Youcan experience amazing service but at a reasonable...

...price. So you know, we'vealways were relied on a very heavily to to be a way of keeping intouch with people from our local vicility. That said, it's fantastic revenue stream. You know, often te generates a lot of money for us. It'sa hugely popular pastime with people to do to get together and it's a fantasticway to showcase the hotel. How is the hotel adapted to the pandemic andwhat have you done to still generate revenue whilst we've been in this lockdown herein Britain, being out and the country side like we have been during thelockdowns, generating revenues toff? We don't have enough population on our doorstep tobring warrant bringing chiefs into the kitchen full time. So we decided against doinggeneral takeaways like like a lot of other places have done, and we decidedinstead to focus on the special occasions, mothering Sunday, Easter Sunday, gettingour name out there so we are not forgotten and for us often and teawas the best. Better do that. You know it's there was something whichwas easily transportable, you didn't have to worry about it being hot or cold. Afternoon team was absolutely perfect. The demand is more than we thought itwas going to be. In the best thing really was was seeing people's reactionand when they got home and they unpacked their after tea and sudden you seepopping up on instagram and on facebook and on twitter people we are posting picturesof the soul in their own home. It's a really good feel good factorfor us. I think one have been the biggest challenges in pivoting your businessto offering delivery afternoon tea. The challenges actually have not been that many forus. I know it was something which came to us fairly natural and alot of the issue for US actually have a revolter and things which we couldn'treally control. It took US quite a long time to find some packaging thatthat that's that we thought would be in keeping with the standard of what wewere trying to provide. I think to be perfectly honest, it was stillnot a hundred percent there. I think, you know, we can do betterthere. Afternoon tea is that it's...

...a labor intensive thing to prepare.It's intricate, is delicate. It takes time, you know, and sowe need to throw a lot more time on the results at at giving theteam enough time to get that prepared. The offering t takeaways for us adefinitely something that we keeping long time. It's been a very, very positivething. Intrigued by what you heard in today's podcast, would you like tolearn more from our global network of Tbiz journalists and t experts? Contact themdirect through subtext, private message based platform. Avoid the chaos of social media andstart a conversation that matters. Subtext message based platform let's you privately askmeaningful questions of the t express academics and t Biz journalists reporting from the TeaLens. You see their responses via SMS text, which are sent to wrectyour phone. visit our website. Subscribed to subtext that instantly connected the mostconnected people and tea. Remember to visit the t Biz website for more comprehensivecoverage. That's W AWWFT Biz bizcom. Thanks for listening. Farewell Till NextWeek.

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