Tasting and contemplating

blog-28-08-2015

The advantage of photographing a window is that you can layer two images: here, the tasting set being prepared, and the landscape reflected in the glass. It’s fun to combine and merge the two views. The meaning of the tasting becomes clearer: we drink the tea, which comes from nature, surrounded by the land from which it originated.


Posted in Country : Nepal, Tea tasting by François-Xavier Delmas | Tags : ,

Delicious, fairly traded teas

blog-21-08-2015

My purpose in life? To offer you not only delicious teas, but fairly traded teas too. Teas that allow the people who have harvested them to lead happy lives, work for themselves if possible, be able to hold their heads up high and look after themselves, and educate their children.


Posted in Country: Malawi by François-Xavier Delmas | Tags :

Transporting freshly harvested tea: a crucial stage

blog-14-08-2015

There must be as little delay as possible from the time the tea is harvested to the moment it reaches the building for processing. This is because the fresh leaves, wrapped in bags for transporting, immediately start to ferment with the heat and humidity.


Posted in Country : Malaysia by François-Xavier Delmas | Tags : ,

Tea plants shaded by trees

blog-07-08-2015

In some countries, tea plants require cover. It depends on the climate. Strong sunshine dries out the ground, whereas tea plants love humidity. In addition, tea plants don’t like wind. The trees used differ from country to country but they tend to belong to the Leguminosae family. Pictured here is a fine Acacia abyssinica specimen.


Posted in Country: Malawi by François-Xavier Delmas | Tags : ,

Meticulous work

blog-31-07-2015

While you’re brewing your tea, you can’t always imagine how much work has gone into it already, with the harvesting and processing of each little leaf. The manual sorting, done leaf by leaf to remove any stems, is just as painstaking.


Posted in Country : Nepal by François-Xavier Delmas | Tags :

The author

François-Xavier Delmas is a passionate globetrotter. He’s been touring the world’s tea plantations for more than 20 years in search of the finest teas. As the founder of Le Palais des Thés, he believes that travelling is all about discovering world cultures. From Darjeeling to Shizuoka, from Taiwan to the Golden Triangle, he invites you to follow his trips as well as share his experiences and emotions.

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