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Tea News and Biz Insight - April 16, 2021


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 tea news 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 origin for tea professionals enthusiast the world by. Think of us as a digital caravan of storytellers, bringing authentic, authoritative, exotic and exclusive stories to you weekly from the tea lands. Each week, the tea Bi is podcast summarizes news with the greatest impact on the tea industry. But Tea requires far more nuanced coverage than the recitation of production volumes and commodity prices. That is why the tea Bi is podcast is paired with the more inclusive teabe is blog and tea journey magazine. The podcast offers a weekly mix of news and features. It is innovative and interactive, permitting listeners to conveniently contact reporters at origin to ask questions 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 second virtual event. Tea Imports Spike in Pakistan and Tea Masters Cup names champions in Moscow. More in a minute, but first this important message. Avani empowers rural women practicing sustainable agriculture, including tea and crafts such as weaving with natural fiber and plant base. Dies up in the towering Himalayas. Human is one of India's oldest tea regions. Today we...

...raise our cups in the name of Avani Kuman, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening farming communities. Cheers to a brighter future for all. To donate, visit Avani da Quman Dot Org. Tea Gardens are taking extra precautions as a second wave totaling nearly two hundred thousand Daily Infections Force lockdowns in Mumbai this week and heightened fears across the country. In March, the daily count was under fifteenzero. Across India. Nine states, including tea growing regions Kerala and Karnataka, this week reported their highest ever daily count. The virus is now killing more than a thousand daily. West Bengal which includes Kolkata, recorded its highest single day spike of four thousand eight hundred cases. This week the state's death count is tenzero four hundred, about ten times greater than a psalm. West Bengal is inoculating more than a hundred thousand people a day. A Psalm, which produces the largest quantity of tea in India, 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 hundred nineteen deaths since the onset of the pandemic. Business inside dry weather in west India is causing greater havoc than the coronavirus right now, driving down yield and idling workers and factories. The Global Tea...

Initiative at the University of California and Davis will host the second in its talking about tea series from three to five pm Friday April twenty three. The virtual presentation on myths, legends and anecdotes includes 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 event than the First Session in January. She said people will be able to chat with each other and Commat and network and share ideas, learn from each other 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 Davis Dot Edu to register. Tea Imports Spike in Pakistan. The pandemic boosted tea imports 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 value of TAM ports grew seventeen teen percent compared to the same period ending in February of 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 Bureau of Statistics, the bureau recorded a twenty percent increase in the country's trade difficent last year, lending new urgency to reducing...

...foreign exchange outflow. Pakistan has grown small quantities of tea since one thousand nine hundred and fifty eight, but until recently 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 packers to create a profitable local brand in north Africa. Quote, we can make breakthroughs in technology and increase productivity, said GT the AC secretary general, Shuji men in Guza. Small farmers rely on an enterprise driven model that could find success in Pakistan. The pandemic force the cancelation of qualifying rounds and limited appearances at 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 Russian Expo in Moscow. Sixty one tea masters competed in tasting and tea preparation categories that were modified to prevent sharing cups. Nikolai Doji, the reigning tea tasting champions, successfully defended his top ranking by identifying every outlier when presented with six sets of three infusions in three minutes.

Olga elisio Di Niko won the tea preparation category, besting sixteen contenders in preparing two teas. Are Vinda and Adairman in Bengluru. Brings US this week's tea price report. INDEPTI support see a fourteen. Week ending April ten trout like conditions, plague, Dargeling, Congra and parts of a Sam. Mood has been understandably gloomy. Meanwhile, Hill storms 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 not open on a high note. Only fifty five percent of tea and offer was sold. Kahati saw better responses and prices to Orthodox sleep and dust. A hundred percent of the dust sold. A green tea from the Doni Polo Garden in our Natural Pradesh sold for six hundred and twelve rupees, making the highest price this week. The CILIGORY auction focused only on CTC leaf and dust this week in coachee. Supply Co was missed among buyers and the CTC dust market found few takers, leading to prices dropping by five to tend repiece. Orthodox dust did better than CTC dust at eighty six percent sold to up country buyers and the local market. Orthodox leaf also did well, with eighty percent sold CIS countries and the Middle East. For the main buyers. NILGII'S D fetched good prices at a low of two hundred and thirty repees and a high of three hundred and eleven repees. Kulu and Coimbeo auction prices were similar. Kunur saw 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 apiece a kilo. A limited quantity of green tea was an offer in Kunur and all of it was sold. And now a word from our sponsor. Q trade teas works with tea purveyors at every scale, from promising startups to the world's largest multinational beverage brands. In the...

...hot, iced and bottle tea segments. With US based formulation, blending and packaging services. Q trade can help you innovate, scale up and grow your specialty tea brand. For more information, visit our website, que trade, teasecom. This Week TEAB is offers a glimpse of the many teas of India, are Vinda and our Theorem, and takes us on a tour revealing there's a lot more to saber than hy and. We travel to the idyllic summer large country househotel and Dorchester, England, for a new take on the old English tradition of afternoon tea. Almost one point four billion people live in India. Together they consume about twenty percent of the tea produced globally, including most of the tea grown there. Consumption averages eight hundred and photograms per person annually. It slowed a bit to two point five percent and twenty two munch week here than in previous years, do largely 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 preferences are as diverse as the people who live there. India's association with Chai is a long and strong one. Chai connotes milky sweetness, a social break in the day, train journeys spices. But here's the thing. It's not the only kind of tea that enjoys cultural popularity in the country. Here are a few teas from across India with a deep cultural affinities and quite a far cry from Chai. In the south, coffee is a popular beverage, except in Kerala, were tea is a staple. The solemney is a tea from Kerlas MOPLA Muslim community in the Malba region.

While its origin is undocumented, there are references to its connection with Arabian beverage called a Kava, made with dates and 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 a pinch of saffron. Moving West, tea time for the Parsi community in India is Choi, black tea with mint and lemongrass and, if available, spearmint, famous for the baking skills. The parsis enjoy their tea with something sweet eat, or sometimes a sandwich. Choi is made with any black tea leaf or ct sea or dust, steeped in boiling water, along with the mint and 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 occasional one, usually served before and after a feast. The Cova is made with a bit of green tea, but saffron and cardamom pods are the mainstay of this beverage. It's sweetened and garnished with slivers of Almond. Sometimes a little milk is added, making it the dudes or milk Cova. The CAVA is served from a Sam over, as befitting its celebratory status. Every day tea in cashmire is a noon Chi or salt tea. This is made from a green 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 enjoyed for the warmth it delivers. The salt is also the preferred tea. In the northwestern parts of India, in places like La dark, sharing ties with Tibet, the tea here is Pocha, or salted butter tea. In the east, where so much of India's tea grows, there's no deaths of tea choices. But in Calcutta tea on the streets is Labucha, which is lemon black tea with a touch of black salt that gives it its spicy, Tangy sour sweetness. For the East, tea is preferred black and smoked in money pour in parts of a salmon nun of the land, tea has been enjoyed even before the British product. Here tea...

...is made from leaves hovested from wild grown bushes. It's withered, dried and stuffed into bamboo and allowed to smoke over 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, which just emphasizes the truth about tea, that it's worst ale beverage and its place in the culture comes from how one has made it. One's own afternoon tea reimagine situated in the Rolling Hills of Dorset. The Summer Large Country House hotel and restaurants the perfect setting to savor an afternoon tea in the ibillic English countryside. Well, when the pandemic close the hotel, the restaurant staff was forced to cleverly design an afternoon tea takeaway so memorable this old English tradition became an instagram hit for patrons unboxing their dainty said home. The global pandemic has read havoc on hospitality businesses the world over. This is down in just silver from P M David silver and sons sitting down in conversation with Jack Mackenzie, the general manager of the luxury Summer Lodge Country House hotel, part of the Red Carnation Hotel group that's based in ever shop in Dorsetshire in rural England. We sit down and we talk about how is business has pivoted from offering traditional afternoon tea 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 was afternoon tea for for your hotel prior to the pandemic? Often he's always been a hugely important part of our food and beverage operation. You know, as I think it allows us a connection with our local area that sometimes the rest of if be doesn't. It's a much more accessible service to people. You can experience amazing service but at a reasonable...

...price. So you know, we've always were relied on a very heavily to to be a way of keeping in touch 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's a hugely popular pastime with people to do to get together and it's a fantastic way to showcase the hotel. How is the hotel adapted to the pandemic and what have you done to still generate revenue whilst we've been in this lockdown here in Britain, being out and the country side like we have been during the lockdowns, generating revenues toff? We don't have enough population on our doorstep to bring warrant bringing chiefs into the kitchen full time. So we decided against doing general takeaways like like a lot of other places have done, and we decided instead to focus on the special occasions, mothering Sunday, Easter Sunday, getting our name out there so we are not forgotten and for us often and tea was the best. Better do that. You know it's there was something which was 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 it was going to be. In the best thing really was was seeing people's reaction and when they got home and they unpacked their after tea and sudden you see popping up on instagram and on facebook and on twitter people we are posting pictures of the soul in their own home. It's a really good feel good factor for us. I think one have been the biggest challenges in pivoting your business to offering delivery afternoon tea. The challenges actually have not been that many for us. I know it was something which came to us fairly natural and a lot of the issue for US actually have a revolter and things which we couldn't really control. It took US quite a long time to find some packaging that that that's that we thought would be in keeping with the standard of what we were trying to provide. I think to be perfectly honest, it was still not a hundred percent there. I think, you know, we can do better there. Afternoon tea is that it's...

...a labor intensive thing to prepare. It's intricate, is delicate. It takes time, you know, and so we need to throw a lot more time on the results at at giving the team enough time to get that prepared. The offering t takeaways for us a definitely something that we keeping long time. It's been a very, very positive thing. Intrigued by what you heard in today's podcast, would you like to learn more from our global network of Tbiz journalists and t experts? Contact them direct through subtext, private message based platform. Avoid the chaos of social media and start a conversation that matters. Subtext message based platform let's you privately ask meaningful questions of the t express academics and t Biz journalists reporting from the Tea Lens. You see their responses via SMS text, which are sent to wrect your phone. visit our website. Subscribed to subtext that instantly connected the most connected people and tea. Remember to visit the t Biz website for more comprehensive coverage. That's W AWWFT Biz bizcom. Thanks for listening. Farewell Till Next Week.

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