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  • April 8, 2012

    Happy Earth Tea's First First Friday

    The big old brick building stands along the train tracks, about half a mile from the Memorial Art Gallery. The Hungerford, the building’s name, is painted large across the top. The sign - a memory of this town’s past glory...

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  • April 1, 2012

    Earth Day Auction

    When I moved from India to the US over two years ago I told myself I was not choosing one over the other. My heart and my mind now had to be big enough to exist like I live in...

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  • March 30, 2012

    Earliest Memories of Tea

    It was dark as I peered into the bowels of the tea bushes. I must have been about five or six, when I ventured out on my own beyond the train tracks where the tea plantation was. It was perfect...

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  • January 14, 2011

    Hammer’s history: gone in 60 seconds The last open outcry auction of tea will take place any day now. By the time the next crop arrives, the gavel may well be history Aniek Paul Kolkata: Banging the gavel on transactions running into millions of rupees...

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  • January 10, 2011

    Storm In The Tea Gardens OF INDIA’S million mutinies, the one still roiling the hill town of Darjeeling and its surrounding tea-growing areas in the north of the state of West Bengal is a long-running one. Back in 1907, the region’s residents, dominated by...

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  • January 8, 2011

    Darjeeling Tea Production at Record Low Erratic weather conditions coupled with low productivity has led Darjeeling tea producers to close the year 2010 with a low crop of only around 7 million kg which is among the lowest in history. There are 87 tea estates...

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  • September 18, 2010

    Lower Darjeeling tea crop feared due to erratic weather Production of Darjeeling tea is set to be lower this year with erratic weather conditions cutting into the crop-size of one of India 's best-known commodities. The Darjeeling tea industry, which reported a 12 per cent lower crop between...

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  • May 16, 2010

    Spring Exotica, Goomtee Tea

    You can always depend on Goomtee tea garden to produce good quality Darjeeling. It is the quiet workhorse of the industry. If you are looking for a classic Darjeeling first flush, sans any stunts, Spring Exotica is for you. DRY...

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  • May 13, 2010

    Interview with Darjeeling tea's Big Daddy

    An interview of Ashok Lohia, the owner of largest number of Darjeeling tea estates, published today in the Economic Times. The 58-year-old Ashok Lohia took up production of Darjeeling tea in 1988 with two estates — Chamong and Pussimbing....

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