Of Midori and Chota Tingrai Hara Green Tea Factory

Midori. Authentic matcha instant green tea. That’s the latest retail brand to come out of Chota Tingrai, Avantika and Mrityunjay Jalan’s tea bagan. If anything can be termed “destiny”, then the launch of this brand would probably fall under that head. A journey that began in the 1980s with Avantika and Mrityunjay’s father – Mrigendra… Continue reading Of Midori and Chota Tingrai Hara Green Tea Factory

Where passion is the culture – Tea Culture of the World

Rupali Ambegaonkar is busy. On her mind is a new training plan for her sales team. Then there is this large order from an exclusive Mumbai club that needs to be shipped quickly. That state of the art 30,000 square feet factory coming up in Bhiwandi also demands attention. Behind all this is the humble… Continue reading Where passion is the culture – Tea Culture of the World

Christmas Tea Party

If you are looking to spice up your Christmas party, Orange spiced iced tea may just be the drink to set it off on the right note. We tried it and found that it has a good balance between the mellow taste of tea, tanginess of orange and the flavours of spice. How to make it?… Continue reading Christmas Tea Party

Chai in Bhopal

It is a crowded evening at Chai34. Groups of youngsters come up to the counter, place their orders of Chai and take a seat on carved blocks of wood strewn outdoors. A cool November evening in Bhopal means that it would be late in the night by the time the throng eases and the café… Continue reading Chai in Bhopal

Pop goes the Bubble

You might spot Adnan Sarkar taking long slow strolls around his hotel at Hill Road in Bandra. He gets most of his ideas during these strolls. One of these ideas was launching Dr. Bubbles, a bubble tea cafe in Mumbai.  A genial giant with a continuously ticking brain, he complements the scientist imagery of the name,… Continue reading Pop goes the Bubble

Cafe Irani Chaii and the Badgir of Bombay

The suburb of Mahim in Mumbai is slowly rousing itself. An unseasonal bout of cold has meant a lazy start to the day.  In this suburb, just off the busy Lady Jamshedji Road, lies Café Irani Chaii. Outside the cafe lie strewn a few plastic chairs. On one of these chairs, casting watchful eyes on us,… Continue reading Cafe Irani Chaii and the Badgir of Bombay

Healing people, one cup at a time

Oh, you just cannot have the same cup of tea at different times during the day. This is a conversation we are having with Akshi Khandelwal Bhutani – the founder of Butterfly Ayurveda Tea. We are at the World Tea and Coffee Expo in Goregaon, Mumbai. The Butterfly stall, brightly lit and elegantly designed stands out. Why not,… Continue reading Healing people, one cup at a time