Trouble Brewing?

This week I was sorry to hear, after I published a previous post about Darjeeling tea, of the various troubles besetting the Darjeeling district and therefore the tea estates.  You may read about them here if you like.  According to the article some areas are dangerous, workers are absent from the gardens and tourists are leaving.…

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T2

Further along Willis Street, not far from the Tea Leaf Tea store, I see it: The Sign.  It is big, bright and Australian.  It says T2. Forget any preconceptions you have of tea.  Come inside – if you can fit in the door – T2 is crowded.  What are they all doing here – in a…

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To Russia With Tea

Privetsvuyu!  Hello there!  Today Valentina is happy to show her Russian samovars and to talk Russian tea. Valentina is a long way from her homeland.  “Twenty four hour in air” and “Three change of plane”, to be more specific.  Home, before New Zealand, was a territory called Krasnodar Krai beside the shores of the Black Sea…

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