Tea for Tusker

Have a cup of tea. Save an elephant. That is what Tenzing Bodosa’s farm would like to achieve. Pondicherry is smallest district in India at 9 sq km. Kutch in Gujarat, on the other hand, is the largest at a mammoth 45,650 sq km area. Udalguri in Assam is relatively middling sized.  Stretching 1,700 sq… Continue reading Tea for Tusker

Let’s go Dutch on tea

Zundert is a small town in south Netherlands, population 22,000. The birthplace of Vincent Van Gogh, it lies in a province that is one of the biggest agricultural provinces in the country. Strawberries and hedging plants are commonly grown. In fact, close to 10% of Netherlands nursery production takes place right here. It was only… Continue reading Let’s go Dutch on tea

Wild tea and Forest trails

We have all seen photographs of tea plantations. Primly groomed row upon row of tea bushes. Each bush, neat and tidy, pruned to about waist height. The leaves and bud eminently accessible, plucked with ease by an experienced picker. And that is the source of most of the tea we drink. Now imagine a forest… Continue reading Wild tea and Forest trails

The Kolkata Boys evoke Nostealgia

It must be the air of Darjeeling. How else do you explain the change in plans of Souvik Nandy and Tathagata Samanta? Two Economics undergrads who reach the State Bank of India, Darjeeling for their summer internship. Their internship goes very well – from analyzing income statements and balance sheets, understanding unit economics and pricing… Continue reading The Kolkata Boys evoke Nostealgia

Of journeys – The potter and clay

Winter chill in the air and the afternoon sun on your face. A cup of steaming hot adrak chai completes the picture.  We are sipping tea in a miniature tea cup made at Vanmala Jain’s Kuprkabi factory in Mumbai. We had long felt that the stories about tea entrepreneurs were incomplete without stories about entrepreneurs… Continue reading Of journeys – The potter and clay

This Dweller resides in your cup

The year just going by – 2018 – witnessed a young startup taking shape in the form of Dweller Teas.  Eli Yambem’s brainchild, Dweller is putting Manipur on the map for stimulating indigenous flavors and blends. The Assam Valley School at Tezpur stretches over an extremely picturesque 95 hectares.  Founded by the Williamson Magor Education… Continue reading This Dweller resides in your cup

The rebel with a big heart

A start-up that knuckled down on becoming profitable quickly. A founder that refuses to take venture capital even when the funders come calling.  A founder who does not hesitate to call time on customers that give volumes but very low margins. A company that chose Goa as its base even when the founder did not… Continue reading The rebel with a big heart

Tea in the Himachal

What if you have always wanted to have a cup of tea that smelt like rose, tasted like vanilla and looked like a whiskey. This is what a restaurateur in Adelaide, Australia had wanted. He was lucky enough to know Anamika Singh and she quickly whipped up a fusion of rooibos, rose petals, vanilla and oolong tea … Continue reading Tea in the Himachal

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