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

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

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

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

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