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Tea – Trends for 2018

Tea takes you to places. Literally. So I ended up visiting Dubai to attend the Gulfood Festival and to witness what’s happening for our favourite drink all around the world. And what an experience it was! The Gulfood Festival was held at the Dubai Trade Center (18th to 22 February 2018) which with over 1.3 million square feet of covered […]
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Tea Tasting and Evaluation for a Tea Startup

A new tea startup approached me sometimes back to help them with tea tastings and evaluation and help them with the right tea selection for their portfolio. I was happy to do so for them. I received 7 samples of tea –though I asked for only 4, and tried 5 of their teas. The teas were sent to me in […]
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A brief history of Tea in India

The history of tea is as fascinating as the history of mankind. Some believe that tea was first ‘discovered’ some 4000 years ago in China when a king, who was sleeping under a tree had kept his hot cup of water, right next to him, to be taken when he woke up. The story goes that some leaves of the […]
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Tasting the Avataa Tea

Avataa Tea is one of the leading tea brands of South India, and the distinguishing factor that I find about their teas, are the unique flavours and the freshness that each of their teas offer. Avataa comes from the Sanskrit word “fresh” as their website mentions and coming from an elevation of 6400 ft in the Nilgiris, their teas are […]
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“Love at first sip” – the story of her cuppa

“I was a coffee drinker all my love until I came to Smart iDeAS! Then something happened – an interesting and unexpected change that turned me into a tea lover. How I still remember the fights I used to have with my mom for fixing me tea instead of coffee as she was a tea drinker! Would you believe if […]
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All Teas are good for Your Health!

You heard me right! All teas are good for your health, unless you kill them by adding loads of milk and sugar! Tea has the following health benefits, irrespective of its type  – that is, white, green, black or oolong : 1. Tea contains antioxidants 2. Tea has less caffeine than coffee 3. Tea may reduce your risk of heart […]
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Tea & Wine – they are more similar than you thought.

Yes! You got it right. Tea is very similar to wine, though more complex, when it comes to the appreciation and food pairing process. As a good wine can be measured buy its ‘body’ and ‘aroma’, so is tea. The difference you need to keep in mind is that wines come from various varieties of grapes, while Tea comes from […]
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My Story and Cuppa

Growing up in a Bengali family in Kolkata allowed me to get access to the world of tea at a very early age. My father is a tea lover and I occasionally used to visit the tea stores in various parts of Kolkata in search of the perfect blend, along with him. Over the last four years, this love for […]
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Tea in India – How it all began!

As per evidence it is been said that history of tea drinking dates back to 750 BC in India. It begins with a legend. A monk who later became the founder of Zen Buddhism decided to spend seven sleepless years contemplating the life and teachings of Buddha. While he was at fifth year of his contemplation and prayer, he almost […]
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