Friday, December 27, 2013

Which is better coffee or tea?

Ever since man has put his foot on this planet, he has shown his true colors. Man has got everything that he needed. Naturally he was provided with food and drinks. And he has been exploiting the resources of nature because man knows that he will find something or the other which will benefit him. The quest may give rise to something that is new and even more beneficial. And hence that is the way man has been, he has always compared. He has the habit of drawing a comparison between everything that he has got and everything that he thought he would get.

As mentioned above, man has always got what he wanted. When he started living on the planet, the food and the drinks that he required were available naturally. Whether they were the fruits or vegetables, or plain simple water, it was available. And with the advent of time man also discovered fire. And naturally after discovering fire he started doing things that he had never done before. This included finding out new things which already existed on the face of this earth and also use them for the benefits that he would provide themselves with. And in this process man also came across the most important drinks in today’s world, tea and coffee.

It is the most widely consumed drinks in the world though tea has a better hold over the market and its consumers. Tea is an everyday drink and everyone consumes it on a large scale. The hot beverage was made better and better over the period of time.

People in many countries started the same with the coffee bean that they had found and were surely going to get the maximum benefit out of it. And in the process of doing all this, the coffee lovers started asking one question how one is tea better than the other whence both are consumed in such high amounts.

Well arguments like these where which is better and which is not, people don’t usually win. That is because when you will ask a tea lover if he likes it over coffee he will definitely say a yes. Whereas the coffee lovers will say something else and this will be a never ending fight.

The weather too plays an important role in seeing which is consumed more. And what is it that people have been trying to do is switch drinks and trying on something new? With natural anti oxidants and elements that support the immunity system, how is tea better than coffee can be answered but no one really will. At the end what matters now is the preference of the people and not the kind and quality of the product that will be available.

Albeit coffee is consumed in many nations the health benefits of tea are becoming obvious and attracting new customers.    

Thursday, December 26, 2013

What are the health benefits of having tea?

Tea, as we all know is the most widely consumed drink across the globe. Everyday there has been a noticeable rise in the consumption of tea by people. When we have a look inside any normal household anywhere around the world, we see that the day starts off by having tea.

People have tea during their breakfast and also before and after. They consume during the long and tiring working hours at the office and also in the middle of regular household chores. So undoubtedly the discovery of this beverage from a consumable plant was the greatest of all times.

We all know that every discovery has been made by chance. Earlier human being inhabiting this planet was a nomad and he did not know what all was available. And finally after finding out that there were quite a number of things which were available naturally that would help him to survive.

And once this process was initiated he also started discovering more and more things that was available all around him. And one is very sure that it was a search of this kind which lead to the discovery of the tea plant and that is how man started consuming it.

But nevertheless the point here remains that from the beginning of time man has done things which he didn’t really intend to do. Later on he went ahead to find out how useful his uselessness was. And that happens to be one of the reasons why now man is also bringing up the question what are the health benefits of having tea?

Because everything that he has found out for himself has turned out to be better than he has expected. These were the hidden benefits which were slowly discovered. Since this has happened all the time men are sure that tea which is a part of their daily lives will also some health benefits. These benefits will give people even more reasons to stay addicted to the drink they already love.

What are the health benefits of having tea is one question that the experts have already begin to answer?

Tea has natural anti oxidants which helps to strengthen the immunity system of the body and thus help the body to fight germs and other harmful elements. Research will lead us to better understanding of this wonder brew. There are many other chemicals waiting to be discovered which help the body. The beverage has been a part of every other household in many countries. It is known for having that refreshing feeling that no other beverage can give. With consumption of tea on a rise, along with its production, no one will deny the above mentioned facts.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

All is good about tea - But

All is good about tea but do not drink it in excess. Excessive tea consumption can lead to acidity hence stomach upset. Albeit there is no evidence about the harmful effects of this brew excessive consumption of any substance is bad.

Large amount of green tea consumption can cause problems hence a doctor should be consulted first. Although no harmful effects of tea consumption have been noted but the high concentration caffeine can cause problems. However green tea or less processed teas are certainly beneficial because of polyphenol which is an excellent antioxidant. 

The beneficial chemicals present in the tea leaf percolate down to  the brew. These are the agents which regulate human health, prevent disease and make the body resistant to many ills.  Researchers attribute various benefits to different types of teas available in the market. The plant in all the cases is the same but its variety differs which brings about change in the flavor. The major difference arises in the way leaf is processed. Less processed leaves retain much of the health beneficial chemicals whilst those grown under different shades of sun retain some chemicals with different health attributes.     

Green tea lowers bad cholesterol, helps maintain blood pressure and prevents hardening of arteries on regular consumption. Similarly studies have shown green tea to be beneficial in case of various ailments. With more in depth research evidence that supports curative properties of the tea will emerge.     

Health is important yes! But whence the agent that cures offers mouth watering taste, wonderful aroma and  cheers what more you need. Consider health benefits as additional benefit.  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tea Soirees

In the contemporary era tea is not just a traditional drink as most people believe. It is a fun drink as well and goes well with parties where finger foods and light snacks are served. Not just parties, this wonderful hot beverage is served during recess at events, ceremonies and gatherings of all kinds. 

In the past Chinese monk Lu Yu initiated preparation and drinking protocol for this beverage. In Japan, Buddhist Priest Yeisei introduced this brew sometime in 800 AD. The consumption spread far and wide to religious monasteries and royalty. The Japanese Tea Ceremony is often conducted by the geisha who have mastered the art of serving tea.

Tea Gardens

The Portuguese Jesuits introduced tea to the Europeans and subsequently tea gardens opened up in Europe. The Portuguese then  introduced tea to the Dutch who introduced it to France and the Baltic Nations. From the prerogative of the rich the tea eventually landed on the platter of the common folks as the production became organized. The garden accorded an opportunity for differing social classes to come together.   

Afternoon Tea

Tea entered England in the seventeenth century. The Duchess of Bedford very fond of this hot brew, set unto fashion the consumption in the afternoon. This practice spread among the Nobles fast and quick.  This eventually brought in to picture the serving vessels, the kettle, cup and saucer. made of expensive materials like porcelain. The practice became popular among the high class consumers who loved to show off their fancy cutlery.

Modern Tea Rooms and Dances

The tea rooms in US and UK were contained within fine hotels or buildings. These places were frequented by elites during the afternoon for social gatherings.over a cup of tea. Later the rooms became meeting grounds for the young and hence dances came into the picture. The parties over the brew are held on many events like baby showers, weddings and bridal showers. 

The modern tea rooms have turned up as lounges with ultra fashionable interiors and classic ambiance. Tea Lounges are new concept floated by Wagh Bakri Tea House and have become very popular with the young crowd all over India.  

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Different tea recipes

Enjoying a cup of tea with the family or friends will obviously give some sort of emotional pleasure to people who really care about season, time and personal moods. Often considered as one of the best hot beverages on this earth, tea can serve countless purposes for an individual who likes to feel and do different from the crowd. Owing to the different versions and recipes of tea, it is much better to choose your best tea format which suits your mood and outdoor climatic variations.

Hot tea will give a window to your tension, sickness and cold weather when it is consumed at perfect time. Strangers will became more familiar and culture barriers will dissolve in this cup of tea. Here, you will learn more deep and comprehensive about the different recipes which are common and healing in nature for the emotional wounds.

Mint tea
·         Tea – ½ tsp
·         Crushed mint leaves – ½ tsp
·         Water – 1 cup
Add the crushed mint leaves and tea after bringing water to a boil. Leave the teapot still for just 3 minutes after pouring boiled water on to the leaves. You can serve this after straining the mixture.

Spiced tea
·         Tea leaves – ¾ tsp
·         Boiling water – 1 cup
·         Scalded teapot
·         Whole cloves – 2
Just put the tea leaves and whole cloves in boiling water and pour some boiling water on to the cloves & leaves in a scalded teapot. Leave the tea still for 3 minutes and serve it after straining.
Orange tea
·         Water – 2 cups
·         Cinnamon – ¼ tsp
·         Orange juice – 1 ½ cup
·         Grounded cloves – 1/8
·         Sugar – ¼ tsp
·         Teabags – 2
Add water, sugar, spices and tangy orange juice in a saucepan and bring it to boil. Keep the mixture simmering on a reduce heat flame so that components are dissolved. Add tea bags after removing the saucepan from the heat to steep it for exactly 5 minutes. Tea bags must be strained out before serving the orange tea hot.

Green tea
·         Green tea leaves (loose) – 1/3 cup
·         Black tea leaves (loose) – 2 tsp
·         Whole cloves – 6 or powdered cloves – ½ tsp
·         Ground cinnamon – ¼ tsp
·         Powdered ginger – 1 tsp
·         Milk
You are required to blend all the ingredients and put ½ of this mixture into teapot. Add hot water into the mixture and keep an equal amount of milk on the flames. Steep your tea as you wish for the flavor and tea strength after which the tea should be poured in a mug after straining. Also, milk should be added to the mug after which you will have to blend the mixture with the tea.
Here, you are free to store the blended tea mixture for future uses.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Types of Assam tea

Tea growing regions of India, Assam has acclaimed its name as the largest production and cultivation house all over the world. This is due to presence of long seasons with favorable growing conditions. Of course, Assam leaf has been a success since a long time. The leaves are often plucked from the plants of camellia sinesis which produces quality black leaf. When a person is about to gather information about the Assam leaf and its types, most of the research will be confined to the malty flavor and bright color of the black tea which is also called popularly as the Breakfast Tea.

Very much close to the borders of Bangladesh and Burma, on the coasts of Brahmaputra river, Assam tea is grown in plenty with organic cultivation which wins trust and credibility of millions of consumers in the entire world.

Harvesting seasons for Assam Tea

•         First Flush – Among the two harvesting seasons, the first flush comes first in which late March is the best time to pluck out tea leaves.
•         Second Flush – This one is regarded as more sweetened and natural version of the Assam variety, also called as ‘tippy tea’, known for its prized and full body texture. Of course, the texture, flavor, color and aroma of the second flush harvest is quite superior than the first one and even to the Chinese bush.

Famous types of Assam tea
•         Black tea – As discussed earlier, this produce has been often termed as the Breakfast Tea and is characterized for its tart, full body texture, beautiful but natural aroma and vigorous body structure. It has long been used as Irish, English and Scottish breakfast tea.
•         Green Tea – Although smaller section of tea production is also accounted for the green tea in Assam, it is often known for its taste and distinct flavor & aroma. Here, you will be surprised with the notations and characteristics of local green tea where natural color and brightness of leaves are preserved in the production process.
•         Organic tea production – As per the safety standards of cultivation the plants are closely regulated and inspected on scheduled basis so that massive amount of produce is obtained, with rich taste and realistic aroma. You will never find here the use of chemical pesticides, fertilizers and any other method to contain soil moisture because all of these are achieved naturally.

Tea cultivation season, regions and time zone for Assam

Against the common time zone preferred in Darjeeling and Sri Lanka, Assam cultivation period is often known as the Tea Garden Time, Bagantime. Of course, the Assam tea is grown in the lowlands area, Brahmaputra Valley as of opposite to the highland cultivation in Nilgiri and Darjeeling Regions. The nutrients and soil texture is harnessed at the maximum which gives boost the quality and quantity of tea production in Assam.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Tea Consumption Patterns

This magical hot beverage is just not only a breakfast item. The consumption is based much on our lifestyle and eating habits. While drinking tea in the morning and afternoon is a regular affair some people consume it during odd hours. 

In many countries the brew is offered to visiting businessmen anytime the meeting takes place. Similarly it is offered to house guests any time of the day. Tea is also instrumental in cementing relationship. This could be between friends and relatives, lovers and acquaintances and during important meetings.      

Tea is consumed most during wedding ceremonies, business meets, seminars, product launches, sporting events and what not.  

The consumption usually depends upon the availability of the hot brew. In India chai or spiced tea is available in all urban and rural surroundings hence ordering hot tea is a matter of minutes. The widespread availability of ready chai increases consumption many times.This is thanks to chai wallahs all over the country. 

In countries where tea is available only in selected places the consumption declines. This happens in most Western Countries where coffee is more popular. In these countries the brew is not a part of social or ritualistic occasions. Hence the consumption is strongly motivated by personal like. The usage is growing in these countries due to easy availability in malls, market places and online. The product availability online means one can buy any type of  leaf from world over. The health benefits are another reason for increased usage in non tea drinking Nations.      

Ritualistic consumption of the hot brew is more popular in the Oriental Realm. In Western Countries like UK English Tea Rooms or Tea Parties invite consumption. While traditional ceremonies in China and Japan make green leaf very popular. Certain premium leaves like Darjeeling from India are very popular ceremonial accompaniments in the tea parties.     

India is among the major tea producer in the World. The unique leaf known as Darjeeling Tea is grown in the Indian state of West Bengal. Some black leaves from Assam also fall into the premium category.   

The blending has become an art form with availabilities of many varieties. Hence major companies employ master tea taster to create the finest blends.  

About Iced tea

This tea was consumed in many Southern States of North America before it was accidentally introduced by Richard Blechynden during a fair.

Iced tea is now a worldwide phenomenon it is consumed in many countries including India. In India premix iced tea is available in powder form in cartons. One can also avail  iced tea from a vending machine.

This form of tea is available in many flavors and competes with the cola beverages. The consumption of  iced tea extract is increasing in hot countries like India rapidly.  With changing lifestyles the cool beverage is giving tough competition to colas in countries where tea is popular.

Tea Recipe: Steeping

The vast and varied World of Tea has its own characteristic brewing style. While the chai wallahs in India boil the brew over and over the tea brewing elsewhere could be a subtle affair. What type of leaves people prefer also differs? In some cultures green leaf is part of lifestyle while others may prefer the strong astringent flavor of the black leaf.   

One way of making the hot beverage is steeping. In this case the water is brought to boil and then transferred to the pot.  The leaves are then immersed in a loose form. They are kept in the hot water for few minutes before the brew is poured through the stainer for drinking. Similar immersion could be carried out after the water has cooled down. This way the lead does not get cooked and the flavor obtained differs.  Ice tea could also be prepared in this manner.

During this process the flavors and nutrients dissolve in the water. The method usually delivers a subtle flavor and the green leaf is most popularly used. The temperature varies and depends upon which tea leaf is used. Oolong, White, Green or Black tea. The steeping time also makes a difference in taste. If the leaves are kept for a longer time tannins are released in the water making the brew taste bitter. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Tea gardens in India

Tea is a plant that is consumed on a daily basis in India. India in Asia is one of the largest producers and most of the produce is consumed locally and the rest is exported. Since tea is one of the products that are consumed throughout India, the different tea companies are trying to expand their base.

Many tea companies that India own large numbers of tea gardens and its predominance is seen in states like Assam, west Bengal, Karnataka, all north eastern states, states have tropical conditions and hill slopes. The hilly areas in the country are being utilized to a great extent by cutting terraces on them and using them for  cultivation. The owners of the major tea processing companies in India are acquiring more and more land. All the hilly areas that were once abandoned are now being converted into tea gardens in the country.

Tea garden owning in India are also responsible for the increase in employment in the private sector. With the increase in the number of tea gardens, the labor required also increases and hence employment and income both is generated.

The tea garden owning industries have to be very careful with the location of the gardens. Owning a tea garden a proper place matters. The climatic factor is the most essential factor when it comes to plantation of tea. Then comes the soil. The tea gardens are established  on the hill slopes. Since the land is inclined there is no water logging when the  plantation is done.

Tea companies that do not own gardens keep buying raw leaves from other estates. The processing time is very little since the leaf might lose its essence and flavor hence timely procurement is important. Many companies own large tea gardens some are working towards acquiring more of them. With this the prediction of tea production to rise steadily is definitely going to come true in the near future.

Most of the tea estates are established in the Indian State of Assam, Darjeeling Hills in West Bengal and the Nilgiris in the South. Tea estate companies do not necessarily own major brands many are just processors and suppliers of the leaf.   

Major tea producing centers have become destinations for tourism. There are many tour companies organizing tours to tea estates. This is a unique experience of local culture with insight into cultivation, processing amd packaging of tea. The salubrious climate and picturesque settings are instrumental in attracting many inbound tourists. 

Major tea processing companies in the world.

Tea is a shrub that is grown in areas with high humidity i.e. tropical or sub tropical areas, which are found all over the world. Teas whether green, blue, black, yellow, blue or white all the types find their origin in that one plant called Camellia Sinensis.

That one recreational drink that the whole world consumes is the hot beverage tea. The production and consumption is what is found throughout the world. And it wasn’t today that tea was found to be a drink that nearly the whole world consumes now the habit dates back to centuries. This is coming down the line from ages in the Oriental Realm. Since tea is such a good beverage, it is obvious that the market is expanded worldwide and has without any doubt increased over the years.

In today’s date, tea is grown in Asia and Africa on nearly 2.5 million hectares of land. China and India by far are the largest producers of tea, and most of the produce is consumed locally. Kenya this year was the largest exporter of tea. And all these continents and countries are said to have the best processing units. According to a website, all over the world, there are 7 large and successful corporations that dominate 90% of the global market.

As mentioned above the sector is actually dominated by a few major companies all over the world, and the international trade in this commodity follows a pattern. It lets the highest bidder in the International fair trade buy the choice product.

Tea cultivation depends on a number of factors and is the main base that determines that existence of the processing industry. It requires division of labor, proper climate and soil. Therefore Internationally there are some standards that the processing and packaging companies in the world have to follow. They are known as ‘standards for tea plantations’.

They are as follows-
1)    When working in a plantation estate of a company workers health and safety is a must.
2)    Child labor or forced labor is prohibited
3)    Workers have the rights to form unions and place their reasonable demands when required.
4)    The salaries should follow the rule of minimum wage effect.

Over the years the tea production has grown, and the major companies see that in near future this will grow even more. And hence all of them are working towards expanding their horizons and working towards acquiring more and more land so that the production from their company is the largest.

Even according to the stock market, it is predicted, that the tea production, consumption and processing will increase. This will happen if money in the hand of the common man increases so that he is willing to spend a greater amount on his health than what he currently spends.

The major tea processing companies in the world are continuously working towards acquiring the status of being the largest producers of the leaf. But this race continues as amongst the 7 companies, each is better than the other, and is continuously striving to be better, day by day.

Some of the Tea Majors are:


Wagh Bakri

Tata Tetley


Twining Teas


Kenya Tea Packers

The above companies are global while there are  many local concern nevertheless giants in their own rights.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The significance of flavor additives in tea blends

Tea is said to be the world’s oldest among the popular beverages since a long period of time. People have been drinking tea since many centuries in Asian countries. Recently they have also realized the fact that the tea can also be made better by adding various kinds of flavors and spices to it. This imagination been made to come true by the regular drinkers. Nowadays tea is available in every possible flavor from far and wide.

The best way of adding the fragrance to make tea more delicious is by adding various herbs and essential oils which are edible aromatic compounds. The Masala Chai or Spiced tea  is getting popular among the customers all over the world thanks to unique aroma and taste. .

Deep knowledge of flavors

Understanding flavoring materials, spices and herbs is essential for creating spicy blends. Though this is the task of the experts amateurs can also create magical blends.  For gaining information on flavored tea people must first get to know the information about the processing of the leaf at estates and plants. As the matter of the fact the processing plays a very important role in the production of the various kinds of leaves. This kind of the processing consists of various steps. The tea companies do not make any kind of the compromise with the quality. In the gardens they only choose the topmost buds and the leaves from the plants. All of the plucked leaves are taken to wither and then crushed for twenty four hours. The withered leaves are crushed in between the metal rollers. The additives are added to the blend for increasing the flavor, taste and aroma.

Different flavored tea

The idea of the flavored tea started in China. This place has been the birthplace of the flavored tea drinking. Since ages different types of flavors are in use creating a wide varieties of blends. Some of the notable varieties are masala chai, herb flavored blends and those containing essential oils.  The leaf is fermented during the process and is exposed to various degree of sunshine.

After the plucking of the leaves they are fermented in order to accord a strong flavor and bigger size. The black tea itself possesses the strong and heavy flavor this is quite evident whence we consume strong teas available in the market. Hence flavoring black teas is a greater challenge than the lighter versions like green and Oolong leaf. Some plants are cultivated in the vicinity of plums and cinnamon trees. This accords a distinct flavor to the leaves which is preferred by the connoisseurs.

Spices in packet tea give a kick start

From a long period of time tea has been used as a beverage and medicinal product in all over South Asia. The British introduced the tea into their  colonies and the inhabitants started loving it. The tea can be said as the most commonly found and the oldest beverages in the world.

In South Asia especially India and China the spice tea or chai tea has become very popular. The masala tea or the masala chai  varies in the taste from place to place. It has been universally accepted and the usage and popularity is increasing day by day. The tea companies are promoting spice tea to people all over the world. They are getting to know the real taste of the masala tea because of awareness.

Best quality and taste

The Spices in packet tea can provide the latest and the best in the longer tradition of the brilliance in the quality and the taste. The Spice Chai and the masala Tea has reached to a lot of people living in the subcontinent and the whole of Asian countries. Slowly and slowly the Spices in the packet tea is developing into a huge hit among all of the countries and it is being spreading fast. The tea shops and the coffee bar centers are also adopting the spices tea and are offering the wonderful experience of the tea beverage to the potential customers who can consume it at homes or any other places.

Flavorful tea

Various spices such as the elaichi, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon are being mixed in tea. Many companies producing the spicy tea are blending the best mix of traditional flavors with the new flavors. The spic tea has a powerful punch and rich flavor as compared to coffee.

The flavorful tea must be kept in packaging using flexible materials. The plastic packing as well as laminated cartons are perfect for storage with increased self life. These are also water proof, grease proof and vapor proof materials. Therefore these are  used in various industrial sectors like the pharmacy industry, tea  and the spice industry.  The  and herbs also make popular tea flavors along with traditional cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Tea Consumption a changing paradigm

Globally tea consumption is a recent phenomenon. Well the brew was quite popular since ages in countries like China, some parts of India and rest of Asia. The habit started with consumption for health as a medicine in China.With the rising popularity it entered the domain of Chinese culture. Following greater consumption the beverage became a consumer product. 

This happened in India as well whence the British popularized it and spread its consumption all over their territory. In most of the Asian countries tea has become part of daily lifestyle. For masses it has become a daily habit and addiction. The beverage has become a ritualistic aspect of daily living an inseparable part of life.   

In spite of its popularity the brew faces tough competition from coffee as well as fancy cocktails that have recently flooded the market. Coffee rules the roost globally but tea consumption is rising as well. It is  making in roads into the adversaries domain. 

With maddening varieties reaching the average drinker thanks to trendy packaging, tea is slowly making in roads as a lifestyle product. The trendy packaging with infusion of technology and modern blending methods has changed the paradigm. From a regular house hold product to lifestyle product the change has been brought about by innovative approach of tea houses. The gastronomic intervention introduced new recipes on lines of fancy coffee being sold in the shops. 

The advent of tea lounge in the footstep of coffee houses has brought in instant popularity amongst the younger generation.Tea drinking has suddenly become an "In Thing". The modern lounges have revolutionized rest and recreation concept amongst the younger lot and office goers as well as the business class. The one stop joint for business meets, social gatherings, for hot tea beverages and yummy snacks with offerings of jet set ambiance...what more does one wish for. The drink that cheers now offers much more, not ignoring the health benefits that far surpass coffee. 

Major tea companies in India.

In India every household is a consumer of tea. Not only on daily basis, it is a part of everyone’s life because it is actually consumed more than one time during a day. Tea more than choice is a necessity for hundreds of people in India now. Even though we Indians as daily consumers of this hot beverage hardly have any idea about the way it came out of its shell and started playing a major role in our lives. Not only that, we hardly have any idea about its origin or its current processing methods in our country. Despite of all this one thing we have to be sure of is that since India is one of the largest consumers of tea in the world. The country has major tea processing industries located in the North East and South.

Tea was introduced to the Indian consumers during the advent of the British. It was then that our country men started converting the lands for tea cultivation and most probably it was in the 1950s that the plant was introduced and accepted as a recreational drink. Today India is one of the largest producers and processor of tea and more than 70% is consumed by the country itself. With these rates of production and consumption the country is bound to have the major tea processing companies and gardens.

Breaking the monopoly of the Chinese the first step in was taken by the British East India Company when they used Chinese seeds and started cultivating tea in India. With time and advancement of technology the leaf production increased and modern methods of production and processing came into being.
This is what makes India a proud country of major tea processing companies.

India is not only the largest consuming nation in the world but is also as mentioned earlier the largest tea producing nation too. There is even an expectation that the major producing companies will grow in the coming year. Most of the companies are located in the following state - Orissa, Bihar, Mizoram, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Karnataka, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Nagaland, Uttarakhand and Manipur. Some of the big concerns in India are Wagh Bakri House based in Ahmadabad, Tata, Lipton, Duncan and Brook Bond.

As the expectation is high that the production will increase in the coming year and so will the consumption.  Forming a major part of India’s GNP the tea companies are the largest employers of semi skilled and skilled work force. They contribute towards the income that is generated via export as well.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

English Teas and Ceremonies; History of origin of tea

English Teas and Ceremonies originated early at the time of British. They consumed unprocessed green tea processed in boiling water. This was very beneficial for the human body to keep fit and healthy. English tea is a hot drink which is enjoyed at home as well at the working place. It keeps people fresh and energetic as it changes the body temperature. Tea is used as a medicine as well and as a manner to celebrate an occasion.

Tea enhances learning capacity and helps in sharpening the memory. It also becomes one of the reasons to keep the people in touch with each other. This is one of the essential drinks taken along with the breakfast. Some people are just crazy about it they love to have it and enjoy it with great joy and happiness. One of the essential items to celebrate any occasion is tea. The beverage was introduced by the British in India and from that time it has become part of lifestyle.

At that time the British used to have unprocessed tea. This possessed many antiseptic qualities and cured people from many diseases. This hot beverage is liked in cold days as it gives warmth and helps in controlling body temperature. People even drink about 2-3 cups in a day to keep themselves energetic and active in order to perform their tasks nicely.

Top 7 brands of tea

•    Wagh Bakri is one of the famous brands. The company blends the finest leaves and sells them under many brands which are worldwide famous and well liked.
•    Society brand is mostly liked among the people during functions.
•    Duncan’s double diamond tea is one of the famous brands among the leading one.
•    Brooke Bond red label tea is one of the high revenue products of Hindustan Unilever and a popular brand name.
•    Taj Mahal is also of the high segment revenue product of Hindustan Unilever and gives a satisfactory taste to the people.
•    Tata tea is one of the in demand products from the House of Tatas.
•    Lipton’s famous product is Lipton tea but as compared to the above mentioned product it’s not that popular.

Different types of tea

Tea Ceremony is one of the reasons to invite someone home or to go out with friends and relatives. Different brands of tea are available in the market which can be consumed according to one’s taste. Different age groups of people like different types of teas with different brand names. There are various types of this beverage like chai, ice tea, green tea, bubble tea etc. These are available and made in home as well as in market.
Tea has become the drink during celebrations and gives happiness to number of people.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Tea Additives

Every cup you sip appears to be the same but is that so?. The World of this wonderful hot beverage appear restricted in terms of flavor and taste. But this is not the truth the tea consumed on various Eastern Countries is diverse in taste and flavor.

The additives play a major role in the flavoring in tea leaf. The leaf is highly receptive to flavors and additives in many forms. Hence many aromatic elements are used as additives. 

Some of the popular ones are mentioned below:







Lemon Grass










Black Pepper




Bay leaf 



Special spice mixtures are also sold in India which contain many healthy spices.

Some citrus peels are also added like in the Earl Gray Tea popular in UK. Some essential oils are also added to the brew for flavor. In India jaggery is also used in place of sugar which accords it a distinct taste.

Goat's Milk and Camel's Milk are also used instead of cow and buffalo milk in many places.  On many instances rum and scotch whiskey are also added to tea. 

Tea Flavors

Most talked about beverage in the World tea comes along in thousands of flavors. The diversity in flavor and aroma arises out of many factors. This in spite of the plant being the same with little species variation. The major factors that determine the two aspects are the soil, climate, altitude and cultivation method adopted. 

The other factors that influence the flavor and aroma are the processing and blending with minor role being played by the storage or packing. Since a large variety of teas are grown and processed in tea gardens blending becomes important. The other reasons for blending are to obtain a said flavor or to manage the costs. Expensive teas like the premium Darjeeling tea are often mixed with regular black tea in order to reduce the cost.    

The brewing method also influences the flavor and aroma. In many countries brewing is a ceremonial ritual that is on vogue since many centuries. Masalas or spices also play a great role in the way the tea tastes. Nevertheless black tea finds the greatest popularity among the masses. Darjeeling tea is most popular as a premium beverage along with some varieties of green teas. Some of the leaf cultivated in China, Japan and India are popular as premium blends. The flavors are usually defined as strong, mild and light. Black tea is usually consumed a strong with strong flavor of tannins and other aromatic chemicals. High quality Darjeeling tea  has a slight bitter astringent flavor with very strong aroma.   

The hot tea beverage is not to be confused with herbal teas. These are a concoction of many herbs and usually do not contain the tea leaf.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Chai Wallahs

India is a unique and diverse country with amazing characteristic styles that lean on brink of being bizarre. The ubiquitous road side scene is large number of people on road, shanty shacks, and tea shops. The roadside in case of Indian baazars are dotted with pan shops, kirana stores, chaat wallahs and the chai wallah. 

The chai wallah may be nothing but a rickety hand cart or a small shop tucked away in a row. The latter may also be selling a wide variety of Indian fried snacks.  Thee hand carts selling tea in India are most numerous. In Southern India they may  also be selling coffee.   

The daily draws have a well set rapport with the chai wallah. Local business persons, office workers and visitors frequent these stalls and spend reasonable time listening to the chai wallahs banter or just gape at the World go past. 

The brewing style is as mesmerizing as the ensuing aroma is. The boiling liqueur is literally tossed in the air and collected back in the pan with acrobatic ease. In between sugar, spices and leaf are added algorithmically.  Each chai wallah has a unique way of brewing and serving the final concoction. 

The usual medium is small cheap glasses that do not cause any concern if broken or lost. These are briskly washed with murky water and steaming stream of tea poured into them. The liqueur is a thick extract of all the aromatic as well as non aromatic constituents of the tea leaf and the masalas. Nevertheless you get a flavor that does not distill during the brewing at home. The flavor and aroma is addicted and hence tea makers in the offices rust within a short period of disuse.  

The chai wallah and his masala tea are irreplaceable for the masses in India. Everywhere you go there is one serving the magic and steaming. Be careful or you will end up with scalded oral cavity.  

Green Tea The Okinawa Observations

Okinawa is a Japanese Island renowned world over for healthiest older people on Earth.  The older generation in this Island has a life span of eighty years and above. They are known for their agility and active lifestyle in spite of their age.  

After many conjectures it was discovered that this attribute was due to a type of tea consumption known as Jasmine Green Tea.  This is also known as San Pin Tea in local lingo and the elderly consume large amounts. The health benefits accrue from this consumption and decrease if the consumption is reduced. This has been noted amongst the Okinawa population that has moved away from this island.   

The clue to this amazing fact is quality green tea as in the case of San Pin. The tea contains the youngest leaves picked from the plant. The plant is cultivated seasonally at moderate heights and has limited fluoride contents.

For those not in habit of consuming the wonderful brew green tea extract is the answer. The extract accords all the benefits that arise out of the green tea. The antioxidants, poly phenols and ECGC are all present in the magic leaf.  This leaf is known to benefit in cardiac ailments, diabetes, cancer and help reduce weight. 

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Popular Chinese Varities of Green Tea

All teas come from one single species of plant scientifically referred as Camillia Sinensis. The types arise from the way the processing takes place and in some cases the way cultivation is done.  The other factors that fetch a change into the leaf are the region, climate and soil type. 

Some of the popular Chinese variants are: 

Gun Powder

Rated as one of the most popular in China. The tea leaf  is pellet shaped and is cultivated in the Province of Zhejian.

Dragon Well Greet Tea or Long Jing

The characteristic Jade color is a feature of this flat leaf tea. This is also very popular in China. This is also cultivated in Zhejian Province.

Snowy Mountain Jian

Grown at high altitude in the Province of Yunnan the tea is more like black tea. The processing brings about a change that makes this green tea full bodied and aromatic more like black tea.

Monkey Tea or Hoi Kui 

Cultivated in Anhui Province of China this green tea is grown in the vicinity of orchids. The leaves during growth absorb the flavor of orchids and deliver the flavor to processed leave.

Kai Hua Long Ding 

This green tea variant is grown in Tiantai County of Zhejian Province of China. The leaves are thick and short which is a unique feature of this tea. 

Green Snail Spring - Pi Lo Chun

This is a rare product of Camillia Sinensis grown in Zhejian Province of China. It is cultivated amongst the fruits which accord it a characteristic fruity flavor. The rolled leaf has a snake like appearance hence the name. 

Other popular varities are:

Hyson Lucky Dragon
Xin Yang Mao Jian
Tian Mu Qing Ding

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

About Tea Bags

When you travel on a long journey you need tea bags if you are a regular drinker. This is most visible on a railway journey whence the vendor does a quick job dipping the paper bags containing tea leaves. The bag is made of a porous paper from which the brew enters the boiling water.  The material used is mostly tissue paper or food grade plastic.Vegetable matter is also used.

Once the infusion has leaked out of the pores the bag is pulled out using a string which is attached to it. The technological improvements are leading to more hygienic and safe bags. The bags are used mostly for convenience especially during travel. 

A wide variety of blends of finest teas are available in tea bags all over the World. In India Waghbakri tea Company is one of the leading manufacturers of these bags. These can be bought from many stores in malls and retail shops in the neighborhood. The filling and heat sealing is done using a machine made in many countries. The invention credit goes to William Hermanson but the rectangular shaped tea bag was first used in Year 1944. The tea bag was first made out of silk and patented in 1903. It was commercially marketed by Thomas Sullivan in New York State.

The bags are packed in a carton usually containing about twenty five. The product has a long expiry period but quick consumption will accord the taste of freshness and aroma. The products can be bought online as well at Waghbakri Website.  

Monday, June 10, 2013

Green Tea Cancer Fighting Ability

It has been known since ages that tea has disease prevention abilities. In ancient times the brew was consumed for its health giving properties. In recent times lot of attention has been paid towards the beneficial aspects of  tea.    

The chemicals in the hot tea brew contain antioxidants that fight cancer by neutralizing the free radicals. Free radicals induce mutation by damaging the DNA inside the human cells. A polyphenol known as ECGC is effective in preventing the development and proliferation of cancer cells in the human body. The compounds assist the cell to die out which the cancer cells are unable to do. This activity shrinks or completely reduces tumors in various parts of the body. ECGC also increases vascular elasticity and hence improves cardiovascular health. A daily dose of tea extract is effective in this role.

Free radicals are also responsible for aging. The consumption of three to four cups of this beverage brings in the anti aging effect. Other chemical compounds in green tea play a proactive role. Green tea also contains anti viral compounds which help tackle infections.     

The beneficial chemicals in green tea are known as flavonoids, catechins and poly phenols. These chemicals have a synergistic effect in conjunction and benefit human health by fighting serious disease. Major benefits accrue when organic green tea is consumed which  is devoid of harmful substances. Organic tea plant cultivation is done without the use of pesticides and fertilizers.      

Thursday, May 16, 2013

History of tea in brief

Tea has been consumed in many countries since thousands of years. First creditable records appear from China dating back to the 3rd century AD. The use in earlier period may have been for medicinal purpose and its use as beverage may have been accidental.  

The tea may have been used similarly in Eastern India but there are no records. The tea was introduced into India during the 19th century by the British. They used Chinese Seed and cultivation technique on large scale of lands cleared for tea plantation. Some local Assamese variety was also cultivated. Today India is the largest producer of tea leaf after China and exports a substantial amount in bulk and packets. Several varieties of tea is grown in many countries now but not on very large scale.  

Eventually tea become popular among the Indian masses as late as 1950. This was due to aggressive promotion by the rulers. Today it has become a lifestyle product with it being consumed daily in the morning and evening. Tea is served almost any time of the day to visitors and business associates etc. 

The number of varieties of this wonderful brew is mind boggling with Assam Black and Darjeeling Green being the connoisseurs choice. The leaf after blending by experts is available in many kinds of packing. The carton is most popular followed by tea bags and plastic jars. Tea leaf is also available in loose bags or big cartons. 

The brew is consumed without milk in many countries. In India it is prepared with milk and sugar. Another Indian brew that is very popular is the Masala Chai or Spiced tea. This is actually a mixture of tea leaf with suitable spices offering additional flavor to the taste. A vast variety of spices are used to blend with the leaf. Some of the spices added have medicinal properties along with a distinct aroma.          

For more information read History of Tea

Tea Lounge - Doorway to a relaxed cheerful ambiance

It is a bar no it is a coffee shop no you buy snacks here. Well it is a tea lounge. These places comes in various shapes and size. Some are created out of a barn or a garage while the rest are upmarket posh restaurants that serve tea in various flavors. 

Wagh Bakri Tea Company has established to upmarket lounges one in New Delhi and other in Mumbai. These are bars where you can relax and sip the hot beverage. The choice is yours the tea company specializes in blending the finest leaves from all over India. These are processed and packed in hygienic conditions to be marketed in India and many other countries.    

The five star lounges are plush with warm interiors and located uptown. They serve hot tea beverage ranging from Darjeeling to finest black tea from Assam. You can order instant premix, iced teas and masala chai the latter being a ranging concept all over the Globe.    

In college days I used to frequent the coffee houses in Jabalpur. These were community places where you could sit for hours gossip, chat or fall into an intellectual discussion over a cup of coffee. Hence these houses were frequented by regulars mostly retired people, recluse and people who had nothing much to do. Well it was fun for us and we still do it but not most often. 

This is what the tea lounges promise - a community place with an added advantage of modern decor and stylish ambiance. In things is what you would refer them as well more are to come. These are for those who like cheerful places with delicious hot beverages and not the murky dingy alcohol bars.        

Green Tea Healthy or Not

The whole world is abuzz with a wonder that is green tea. Be it health benefits, weight loss and magical cure for major diseases. This is the most talked about beverage in the World. 

Though limited studies have been carried out on green tea health benefits the gains are obvious. First of all the tea itself is beneficial as it contains antioxidants and other healthy chemicals. It cheers what can be more healthy? 

Constant research is yielding positive results about the gains from drinking green tea. If we take this beverage and compare it with black tea which is consumed the most all over the World then green tea comes out to be the winner. 

The process in case of green tea is much short which helps preserve antioxidants and other healthy chemicals. This is not so in the case of black leaf where processing is longer with greater exposure to sun.   

The magic chemical is catechin which prevents damage from free radicals. These free radicals cause cancer and damage the free radical.  

How much green tea to drink? 

Well I personally believe that consumption of this hot beverage should be as a matter to routine. Consume it as an when you like to drink tea in your daily life. Normally people consume this hot beverage during the morning and evening that would amount to four cups. I would also suggest to drink it before night sleep. This would clear the whole oral cavity besides relaxing your nerves to augur sound sleep.  

There are many brands of green tea available in the market. Most of these are affordable but organic tea brands are costlier. The tea exporters process. blend and pack green tea in countries like India and China.