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YMT Blog - News on Indian and Nepali Loose Leaf Tea

What About Black Tea?

What About Black Tea?
As many tea drinkers in the west, tea-bags were my entry into the world of Camellia Sinensis.  I began my tea drinking routine by vigorously bouncing the tea bag up and down in my mug of hot microwaved water, splish splashing the tea over whatever surface it sat.  Once the color was dark enough to my liking, I would slowly pour in the cream and watch it billow up and cloud the dark liquor like a volcano erupting. Once the dramatic plumes blended into that milky tea color - I would deliver heaping spoonfuls of sugar... Continue reading

Interview with Portland Tea Festival Founder Jenn Brenner - PDX Tea Fest

Interview with Portland Tea Festival Founder Jenn Brenner - PDX Tea Fest
How do tea festivals emerge?  Who are the visionaries behind these great tea assemblies that bring together entrepreneurs, educators, folk artists, and bother veteran and aspiring tea drinkers alike?  We reached out to Portland Tea Fest founder and organizer Jenn Brenner to learn a little more about the origins of one of the country’s newest festivals. Between cups of tea and preparing for this year’s event - she took the time to answer our questions.  Here is what she had to say: Continue reading

Meet Tinjure Tea Coop– Nepal’s First Cooperatively Run Factory

Meet Tinjure Tea Coop– Nepal’s First Cooperatively Run Factory
Just across the border from India’s acclaimed Darjeeling, Ilam is Nepal’s best-known tea producing area. On a clear day, one can see Mt Everest standing hundreds of miles away nestled among the other Himalayan high peaks. Since Nepal was never colonized, all of the tea production in this region has been self-organized, and as a result, Nepal has a higher number of cooperatively run factories than across the border in India. Continue reading

Himalayan Memories - My Trip to Taste Fresh Picked Nepali Tea

Himalayan Memories - My Trip to Taste Fresh Picked Nepali Tea
Every year members of Young Mountain Tea join guests as we travel meet our partners abroad and learn about all aspects of tea production in the field. Below are impressions from Lucas, Young Mountain Tea's Finance Director, as he describes his experience waking up in the Nepalese Himalayas, and visiting our partners at Tinjure. Continue reading

What Makes White Tea So Special?

What Makes White Tea So Special?
White tea is characterized as a tea that is not oxidized (meaning broken, bent or rolled) in any way. Therefore, great care must be taken when transporting the freshly picked green leaf from field to factory where it is withered and dried.  Continue reading

The Total Tea Man - An interview with Nigel Melican

The Total Tea Man - An interview with Nigel Melican
With 38 years of experience, Nigel Melican is one of the most accomplished tea professionals. With expertise in both the science and agricultural aspects of tea making to the technicalities of production, he has been a part of tea-related projects in 28 countries.  Continue reading

What makes Green Tea so good for you?

What makes Green Tea so good for you?
You may be one of the many people that dutifully drinks their cups of green tea because along the line you heard someone say “Green tea is so good for you”. If you were curious enough to ask why, you most likely got the response, “because of all the antioxidants!”  Continue reading

Women in Tea- Completely Managed and Operated Tea Factory Tea Studio

Women in Tea- Completely Managed and Operated Tea Factory Tea Studio
Vaideghi Kanan’s family has been involved with tea for decades. They grow the green leaf that is sold to one of the numerous tea production facilities in the Nilgiris. Many of the women who grow up in this region find themselves tending the terraced hill sides of tea plants, plucking leaves from the plants year-round in this prolific tea growing region. Continue reading