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Tea Biz offers insight in real-time for beverage professionals scanning daily news items about their trade.
Tea is both art and craft. It nourishes and inspires. It is the most ancient of plant-based medicines, simultaneously energizing the body as it soothes the mind. Intimately local in character, the tea trade exerts global influence, employing millions to supply consumers at far greater volumes than coffee.
It is a fascinating, intricate topic… far more complex than one person can master. That is why the Tea Biz Podcast enlisted 40 voices skilled in 12 languages to tell the story of tea… Authentic reporting relies on the expertise of tea professionals who know the tea lands from birth and speak the native tongue.
Transparency is storytelling grounded at origin.
Each week the Tea Biz Podcast summarizes news with the greatest impact on the tea industry -- but tea requires far more nuanced coverage than the recitation of production volumes and commodity prices. That is why the Tea Biz Podcast is paired with the more inclusive Tea Biz Blog and Tea Journey Magazine. The podcast offers a weekly mix of news and features. It is innovative and interactive, permitting listeners to conveniently contact reporters at origin to ask questions that are answered via text messages delivered privately to their phone. 
Tea Biz Blog 
Subtext 
Avoid the chaos of social media and start a conversation that matters. Subtext’s message-based platform lets you privately ask meaningful questions of the tea experts, academics and Tea Biz journalists reporting from the tea lands. You see their responses via SMS texts which are sent direct to your phone. Subscribe to Subtext to instantly connect with the most connected people in tea.

Tea Biz Dan Bolton

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    • 5.0 • 157 Ratings

Tea Biz offers insight in real-time for beverage professionals scanning daily news items about their trade.
Tea is both art and craft. It nourishes and inspires. It is the most ancient of plant-based medicines, simultaneously energizing the body as it soothes the mind. Intimately local in character, the tea trade exerts global influence, employing millions to supply consumers at far greater volumes than coffee.
It is a fascinating, intricate topic… far more complex than one person can master. That is why the Tea Biz Podcast enlisted 40 voices skilled in 12 languages to tell the story of tea… Authentic reporting relies on the expertise of tea professionals who know the tea lands from birth and speak the native tongue.
Transparency is storytelling grounded at origin.
Each week the Tea Biz Podcast summarizes news with the greatest impact on the tea industry -- but tea requires far more nuanced coverage than the recitation of production volumes and commodity prices. That is why the Tea Biz Podcast is paired with the more inclusive Tea Biz Blog and Tea Journey Magazine. The podcast offers a weekly mix of news and features. It is innovative and interactive, permitting listeners to conveniently contact reporters at origin to ask questions that are answered via text messages delivered privately to their phone. 
Tea Biz Blog 
Subtext 
Avoid the chaos of social media and start a conversation that matters. Subtext’s message-based platform lets you privately ask meaningful questions of the tea experts, academics and Tea Biz journalists reporting from the tea lands. You see their responses via SMS texts which are sent direct to your phone. Subscribe to Subtext to instantly connect with the most connected people in tea.

    Tea Biz News and Insight - May 13, 2022

    Tea Biz News and Insight - May 13, 2022

    HEAR THE HEADLINES: Tea Value Surges as Production Slows in China | International Tea Day is May 21. The Sofa Summit is on May 23 | Dan Bolton explains People’s Picky Preferences in Tea at an International Tea Day webinar hosted by the European Speciality Tea Association on Wednesday, May 18. Register free: https://specialityteaeurope.com/webinars
    | NEWSMAKER – Ian Chun is a Japanese tea merchant, marketer, and CEO of Matcha Latte Media in Tokyo. 
    | FEATURE INTRO – Japan set a record for tea exports in 2021. This week, Tea Biz travels to Tokyo to discuss with Yunomi Life founder Ian Chun Japan’s resurgent tea export market and the remarkable story of the hand-rolled green tea that brought two million yen at auction.
    Japan's Tea Export Strategy is Working – Ian Chun founded Yunomi Life, an online platform showcasing 170 small-scale Japanese tea farms with a mission to put Japanese culture into the hands of consumers around the world. Farmers recently auctioned a kilo of Saemidori sencha for a record 1.96 million yen. In this segment, Ian describes the handmade needles and taste profile of the Saemidori cultivar, a Yabukita cross first bred in 1969 and registered in 1990.

    Tea Biz News and Insight - May 6, 2022

    Tea Biz News and Insight - May 6, 2022

    HEAR THE HEADLINES – India Resumes Tea Shipments to the Russian Federation | COVID Surge Makes Tea Packing Unpredictable| Special Report: Beyond Tea Cuisine
    | GUESTS – Brand owners Nikita Mittal, Dhiraj Arora & Priti Sen Arora, Anubha Jawar, tea producers and industry veterans, Jagjeet Kandal, Vikram Gulia, Atul Asthana, Ajay Jalan, Raj Barooah, and Rajah Banerjee
    | FEATURE INTRO – This week Tea Biz returns to Bengaluru where South Asia Editor and Producer Aravinda Anantharaman concludes a two-part series on Realigning the Marketing of Indian Tea with the questions needed to solve the mammoth task of rebranding the industry as it coaxes consumers in the domestic market to drink higher quality tea.
    Realigning the Marketing of Indian Tea – In Part 2 of our story on Realigning the Marketing of Indian Tea, we speak to various stakeholders in the industry, including brand owners and tea producers and industry veterans. We also have Ramya Ramamurthy, author of Branded in History offering her views on nostalgia as a marketing trope in tea.

    • 27 min
    Tea Biz News and Insight - April 29, 2022

    Tea Biz News and Insight - April 29, 2022

    HEAR THE HEADLINES – Health Symposium Reveals a Plethora of Science-based Benefits of Tea | COVID-Influenced Consumer Behaviors Present New Opportunities for the Tea Industry | Sri Lanka Tea Exports Decline 10%
    | GUEST – Jagjeet Kandal, country head, IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative
    | FEATURE INTRO – This week, Tea Biz travels to Bengaluru, where South Asia Editor and Producer Aravinda Anantharaman begins a two-part series on Realigning the Marketing of Indian Tea.
    Realigning the Marketing of Indian Tea – India produces 20% of the world’s tea. Production, however, has stagnated for years. Costs are up prices flat. Professional tasters report sharp declines in quality. Marketing tea to domestic consumers is complicated -- but promising. Indians consume 90% of the tea grown there but mainly purchase lower grades. Per capita consumption is modest at 840 grams due to a preference for tea in blends, but tea is stocked in every household, and Indians drink two cups per day. Until recently, India exported virtually all its best teas. Tea discovery is discouraged as imports from China, Taiwan, and Japan are expensive due to high tariffs, but rising affluence is overcoming these obstacles.
    Indian legislators are currently considering a draft Tea (Promotion and Development) Bill to remove colonial-era provisions regulating tea and re-direct the Tea Board of India’s resources to expand existing markets and promote tea domestically.

    • 27 min
    Tea Biz News and Insight - April 22, 2022

    Tea Biz News and Insight - April 22, 2022

    HEAR THE HEADLINES – Snarls in Logistics and Cool Weather Slow China's Tea Harvest | Crisis in Sri Lanka Worsens | Shizuoka Hand-Rolled Tea Brings a Record 1.96 million Yen at Auction
    | GUEST – Jane Pettigrew, BEM, author, educator, consultant, and founder of the UK Tea Academy
    | FEATURE INTRO – Jane Pettigrew describes the remarkable evolution of the UK Tea Academy into an innovative global tea education resource that has emerged from the chaos of COVID-19
    Online Adaptations Enhance and Expand Tea Education – By Dananjaya Silva | PMD Tea The United Kingdom Tea Academy is recognized as a world authority for online tea education. Staffed by professional tutors, the Academy offers courses from beginner to advanced. I sit down with the Director of Studies, Jane Pettigrew, who is a leading author and speaker on tea, along with Suranga Perera, the chief instructor of the Ceylon tea program, who counts over 20 years of experience in tea and is the former CEO of Ceylon tea brokers PLC.

    • 25 min
    Tea Biz News and Insight - April 15, 2022

    Tea Biz News and Insight - April 15, 2022

    HEAR THE HEADLINES – The Heightened Urgency of Earth Day 2022 | Smallholders Now Own Rwanda’s Largest Tea Factory | The Mombasa Tea Auction Completes its Switch to Digital 
    | GUEST – Maksym Malygin, owner of Ukraine's Zhornyna Experimental Tea Garden 
    | FEATURE INTRO – This week, Tea Biz travels to Ukraine, where tea grower Maksym Malygin produces tasty oolongs from cold-resistant plants whose ancestors survived decades of heavy snow during prolonged winters at temperatures as low as 26 degrees below zero Celsius.
    Ukraine's Cold Weather Tea – Virtually all the world’s tea is grown between latitudes 20 degrees north and 20 degrees south of the equator. Rising temperatures in this narrow band threaten tea yields and force growers to consider planting “upslope” at higher elevations where cooler temperatures prevail. Unfortunately, subtropical tea cultivars perish in a hard frost, expected above 7,500 feet. At the Zhornyna Experimental Tea Plantation in Western Ukraine, Maksym Malygin successfully grows tea plants under forest cover that have survived heavy snow during prolonged winters at temperatures 26 below zero Celsius.

    • 20 min
    Tea Biz News and Insight - April 8, 2022

    Tea Biz News and Insight - April 8, 2022

    HEAR THE HEADLINES – A Global Recession Looms | A Realignment of the Orthodox Tea Supply Chain is Underway | Assam to Open First High Schools for Children of Tea Workers
    | GUEST – Korangani Tea Estate planter and mechanical engineer Ranjit Chaliha
    | FEATURE INTRO – In this installment of Frugal Innovations, Tea Biz travels to Assam, India, to meet planter and mechanical engineer Ranjit Chaliha who describes the Varun, a device named after the Hindi God of Wind that recirculates heated exhaust to conserve energy and eliminate the inconsistencies in tea dryers that lower tea quality.
    Achieving Consistency and Efficiency in Drying Tea – The Model Tea Factory at Tocklai was constructed during Ranjit Chaliha's tenure as chairman of the engineering subcommittee of India's Tea Research Association. During this time he began experimenting with equipment to recirculate exhaust in the factory's tea dryers. At an engineering symposium on tea machinery in 1998, Chaliha presented a paper describing the benefits of recirculating exhaust air. He based his findings on experiments and filed for a patent. A dozen years later, he was finally awarded recognition for his innovation, Varun, a device that reduces inconsistencies in drying tea.

    • 23 min

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