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The Troubles in Darjeeling

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The Troubles in Darjeeling

Far from the news reports in the USA, massive protests have shut down Darjeeling, the famous tea growing region, for the last two months. Lives have been lost, and industries decimated. Considering that this is an important issue in tea, we want to give you a brief overview of current issues in Darjeeling. Darjeeling Problems have been a long time coming Darjeeling is tea growing region located in the Himalayas. It is home to 87 tea estates. Unlike Assam, Darjeeling teas are grown on hillsides at high altitudes. Elite tea drinkers seek out these teas for their light, subtle flavors,...

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Beat The Heat With These Cool Tea Recipes

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Beat The Heat With These Cool Tea Recipes

It’s hot. Everywhere. But still we want tea. Times like these try a tea lover’s soul. Yes, of course one could grab a ready to drink ice tea out of the glass fridge in the grocery store, but they never deliver that sweet, rich Assam taste. You can try to brew a tea hot, then chill it down in the fridge, but inevitably you get a drink that tastes stale. There are better ways to beat the heat with tea. These easy recipes take a bit of planning, but remove the risk badly brewed ice tea. Mana Organics Cold Brew...

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Introducing Mana Organics Super Twist Organic Green Tea!

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Introducing Mana Organics Super Twist Organic Green Tea!

At Mana Organics and Chota Tingrai Tea Estate, we innovate on all fronts. From creating new social projects on the tea estate to applying new organic farming techniques, we strive to incorporate technology from around the world into our tea production to create a unique product of exceptional quality in every way. Mana Organics Super Twist Organic Green Tea is the most recent result of our innovation efforts. Created in partnership with Japanese tea makers, this tea represents the culmination of a year’s worth of work. It represents the coming together of Japanese manufacturing with Indian leaf, organic practices with...

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Behind the Scenes with Mana Organics' Education Development Team

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Behind the Scenes with Mana Organics' Education Development Team

Education in tea estates has been a long-standing challenge. Tea estates have historically been extremely rural and lacking access to government schools. Post Indian independence, the Government mandated that tea estates have elementary schools to improve primary school access for worker communities. At first, the tea estates funded and operated schools themselves. As the state’s capacity to provide basic services increased, the government gradually took over school operation. At Chota Tingrai, have two such government schools educating 250 students. Mana Organics’ community development team works in conjunction with government teachers to ensure quality teaching and a well rounded curriculum to...

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Behind the Scenes with Mana Organic's Community Development Team– Part One

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Behind the Scenes with Mana Organic's Community Development Team– Part One

By buying Mana products, you not only enjoy a great cup of tea, but also support tea growing communities and the environment. Here’s a look into one such community: Chota Tingrai tea estate spans over 1480 acres, with 860 acres of planted tea. Chota Tingrai is home to 600 families with a total population of 2200. This small community comprises people of all ages and a part of our mission is to shape this community into a self sufficient, sustainable and healthy society. The workings of this community are no less than those of a small town. We have two...

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