Can the caffeine content of a cup of tea match that of a coffee one? Can there be a single factory to process tea for all the tea gardens of India? Is there any way to capture the aroma that the tea leaf gives when it is being processed? Can there be a truly instant… Continue reading Tea meets Technology
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
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
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
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
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?