This article gives you an inside look into the tea industry of India. It seems the government of India wants to encourage small tea farmers to grow organic loose leaf tea and to treat the workers well in the process in non-traditional, but still quality growing areas. They want to provide a long-term view of growing tea not just a quick make a profit view. Seems like a smart way to develop a healthy economy for the areas affected.
I do not have my place anymore and got a little sad because I still get requests to book my old place for meetings, bridal/baby showers/etc…. The top portion was absolutely gorgeous and as soon as anyone saw it they were instantly smitten. I had to reject another request today. I miss giving out tulips to mothers and having kids and dads spoiling mothers at my place. Valentine’s Day and Mother’s day almost always were busy and reservations were recommended. Some Mother’s Day teas and tisanes pictured, but actually, any tea would work if the mother liked it. Rose Niligiri top, Lemon Rose Green bottom left, and Lavender Green Rooibos bottom right.
Six Rs for a low-waste, low-impact life
I really like this article that was posted Sunday about reducing waste. One of the suggestions is to drink loose leaf tea. Loose leaf tea produces a small carbon imprint once it is here because you can always compost the used tea leaves after steeping them. I try to minimize my waste of products and try to buy products that use minimal packaging.
Hopefully, this gets resolved soon. If you have not had a really good Darjeeling tea you should. It is complex and has a muscatel quality to most Darjeeling teas. I hope this gets resolved because it is the time for the first flush plucking and the tea is suppose to catch a good price at market. I talked about this in a blog post before. The weather has cooperated to bring a high quality tea to be grown in the Darjeeling area. It would be a shame to waste the tea.
I really like this article because it sums up most of the reasons why I do not sell bagged tea. I believe it can cause health issues and tastes bad. Although I really like this article, it did not mention that since bagged tea usually uses dust and/or fannings the tea itself goes bad quickly because of the increased surface area. So mostly likely you are steeping stale or flat tea. This might be why people in this area do not like tea. They are drinking flat, stale, bitter, and astringent tea.
I feel like there needs to be a lot more education in the area I live because many people are a couple decades behind on their tea knowledge or listen to people who do not a have accurate information. I had a lady who swore by bagged teas and she kept saying High Tea. She meant a fancy tea, but that would be low tea, tea service, or afternoon tea. She also mentioned how Watts Tea Room is no more, but she did not mention that the Pfister has Afternoon Tea. The Pfister uses the correct term and uses loose leaf tea. She mentioned a bed and breakfast in Milwaukee that just had tea service on Sundays, but the Pfister has it Saturday and Sundays and 4 times slots each day. I know there is a few months waiting period to have Afternoon Tea at the Pfister and you get what you pay for. It costs but you get a quality experience. I am trying to give that to the greater Green Bay and Fox Valley area, but old stereotypes died hard.
The two photos below sum up why loose leaf tea is better also. Each one of those oolong teas balls unfurls and needs room to expand like the article I mentioned says. I really like how they explain it. So many reasons to use loose leaf tea.