In early April, Young Mountain Tea and International Tea Importers (ITI) put together the first ever India Tea Tour – a comprehensive experiential learning trip designed for tea professionals. Taking a deeper dive into the Indian tea industry, this trip would cover everything ranging from tea processing, cultivation, importing, and exporting to the science behind tea’s transformation from leaf into beverage.
Earlier last week we were thrilled to receive the Tea Sustainability Award at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas. “We see receiving this award as a vote of confidence for our work from the community and industry we are a part of,” said Raj Vable, founder of Young Mountain Tea.
When asked what was it about tea that got him into this business, Nigel Melican simply shrugged his shoulders and shook his head, “Well, as you know tea is a beguiling mistress and she gets to you…” He spoke in a way that assumed we had all been seduced by the charmed elixir and did not regret it.
Nestled in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, 200 miles west of Nepal’s border, lies a little-known tea region called Kumaon. One of the most remote regions in all of India, Kumaon was originally settled in the 1400s by Indians fleeing religious persecution as invaders entered the subcontinent.
Spring in the Young Mountain Tea world was a busy one – new teas from Nilgiri that represent our first direct import, redesigning our packaging, and our most significant milestone to date. Watch this 90 second video summary to find out what it was!
I've been drinking a ton oftealately, so I've been thinking about theteabusiness you said you might start (or that's at least how I interpreted what you said).So have you started it yet? I'm super curious about what your plan is. I'm wondering if you're talking importing/exporting, wholesale/boutique online shop/whatever in US?
This is the second post about the seven months I spent in India. The first talked about a trip to the Nilgiri region, and this one focuses on our partnership to cultivate tea alongside other high-value mountainous plants.
I just returned to Oregon after spending seven months in India. Since I’ve been back, things have quickly started heating up as we transition from “planning” to “doing." But before the events of the summer get lost, I wanted to share what happened in the last few months of India.
Here in the mountains of Northern India life is refreshingly stripped of nonessentials, and in their absence, I have been able to more clearly understand my happiness. At its core, I find mornings filled with strong sunlight and quiet cups of white tea.
Last week we attended the World Tea Exposition in Las Vegas. By “attend” I mean we were dunked into a whole new world (I’m resisting cheap jokes about steeping, but it isn’t easy) of tea, and fortunately, we don’t intend to surface anytime soon.