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Chinese machines launched the Nepalese revival

Nepal has been producing tea for nearly two centuries. Originally, the culture and organisation of its plantations were based on...

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7 June 2019

Sharing. What is better in life than to share? My job as a tea researcher is all about sharing, creating a link between the farmer who makes the tea and…

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You can’t rely on a name, even a prestigious one

31 May 2019

Tea can be complicated in that you cannot rely on a name as a gauge of quality, for the simple reason that tea grows in regions which often experience significant…

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An inaccurate French name

24 May 2019

The first Darjeelings of the year are generally described as the “first flush” in English, but in French, they’re known as the “spring harvest”. The latter is misleading as the…

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Tasting tea outdoors

17 May 2019

A visit to a tea plantation always includes a tasting. This one took place in the dedicated tasting room, with light coming in from outside. Sometimes though, tastings can take…

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10 May 2019

Who do you admire the most, Sylvie Lavabre, a French journalist, asked me. I admire people who don’t give up, I admire adventurers and artists. I also admire tolerance and…

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