The world suddenly pressed Pause. Humans retreated and other species found it safe to reclaim their portion of Earth. This precipitous withdrawal of humans to their protected colonies and houses inadvertently had an impact closer home. You can see it in the furrowed brows and promptly pinched purses of entrepreneurs. Passion – and not a… Continue reading Pause. Hit Refresh.
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
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
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
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
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
What are the odds? Of two boys from Mumbai who never crossed paths growing up and moved overseas for their education and jobs, teaming up to form a venture to sell specialty teas. What are the odds that tea would percolate into one person’s life when in Argentina on his way to Antarctica. And that the other would get… Continue reading What are the odds?
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
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