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Tea News and Biz Insight - July 2, 2021


HEAR THE HEADLINES – Logistics Companies Invest to Right the Ship | Kenya’s Newly Elected Board Moves into KTDA Headquarters | and Hain Celestial Streamlines its Tea Selections

| GUEST – Alicia Gentili, of St. Clement, is project manager and tea maker at Jersey Fine Tea, a new tea estate on the Island of Jersey.

| NEWSMAKER – Sparsh Agarwal, co-founder with Ishaan Kanoria of Dorje Teas in Darjeeling, India

| FEATURES – Tea Biz this week travels to Darjeeling, India where an innovative new tea venture is taking root at the Agarwal family’s ancestral farm at Selim Hill … and then to the Jersey Isles off the coast of France where Alicia Gentili, project manager at Jersey Fine Tea, discusses the challenges and rewards of establishing a new tea garden in the English Channel.

Reviving Darjeeling

Sparsh Agarwal is the fourth generation in his family to cultivate tea in the Himalayas but, as you will hear in this discussion with Aravinda Anantharaman, he is not bound by tradition. Agarwal and Dorje Tea co-founder Ishaan Kanoria are targeting India’s domestic market, offering a subscription model featuring Darjeeling tea from all four plucking seasons to give Selim Hill Tea Estate a second chance.

Splendid Tea from the Isle of Jersey

Camellia sinensis is a versatile plant that is grown in many parts of the world, observes Tea Biz correspondent Dananjaya Silva. At 49 degrees latitude, Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands situated between England and France, is much further north than traditional tea lands, yet the island is proving to be fertile ground to produce fine loose-leaf tea. Silva talks with Alicia Gentili from Jersey Fine Tea about the challenges of growing tea on the Island of Jersey.

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