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Mana Organics’ Ultimate Guide to Assam Tea Flushes: First Flush Teas? Second Flush… What are we talking about?

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Mana Organics’ Ultimate Guide to Assam Tea Flushes: First Flush Teas? Second Flush… What are we talking about?

Guest Post by Avani Jalan What’s with the flush? You must have heard about spring flush, or second flush with regard to tea when you buy them at fancy tea stores, or perhaps have seen it mentioned in descriptions of tea that you see online. These references to the ‘flush’ indicate the season during which the tea was plucked and manufactured. For Assam teas, we normally have 3 flushes, the Spring flush, also referred to as the ‘first flush; Summer/Monsoon flush – most commonly referred to as the second flush, and Autumn flush or the third flush. The term ‘flush’...

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Introducing Mana Organics Assam CTC Tea, Our Latest Tea Direct from Chota Tingrai Tea Estate

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Introducing Mana Organics Assam CTC Tea, Our Latest Tea Direct from Chota Tingrai Tea Estate

Introducing Mana Organics Assam CTC Tea Today, we happily introduce Mana Organics Assam CTC tea. We drink this tea every day at Chota Tingrai Tea Estate. In fact, most of India drinks CTC daily because of the tea’s affinity for milk, sugar, and spices.  From the humblest alleys of Kolkata to the ritziest hotel of Mumbai, you will find CTC serves as the base for any masala chais. We make this tea through a process called Crush, Tear, Curl ergo the name CTC. You can see video of CTC being manufactured at Chota Tingrai below. The result of CTC manufacture...

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Experiments in Growing Assam Tea with Japanese Techniques

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Experiments in Growing Assam Tea with Japanese Techniques

At Chota Tingrai Tea Estate, we constantly experiment with new methods in cultivating tea. Our latest experiment, taking place in a small portion of MP 9, will utilize Japanese planting and machine plucking. Meet Tani-san, a senior tea agronomist from Japan. He has come to India for the first time to learn how Assam grows tea, and teach us how Japan grows tea. Together, we are trying to adapt the Japanese planting style to Indian tea cultivars. Through this strategy, we hope to increase our per bush yields, and make them appropriate for machine plucking. Tani-san speaks Japanese. Our field...

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How We Prepare Assam Land for Organic Tea

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How We Prepare Assam Land for Organic Tea

On the edge of Chota Tingrai Tea Estate, at the meeting of the river and forest, our workers are busily planting our newest organic tea section, Manohar Pukur 9 (MP-9). Eventually, these 5 hectares will produce tons of our organic Assam black tea annually.  And I say eventually, because founding a new tea section takes many years. It comprises of four main stages- Land Preparation, Planting, Young Tea, and Mature tea. Over the coming months we will check in regularly with MP-9 so you can watch the tea grow with us. On this blog, we want to share with you...

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Cold Season Work in Chota Tingrai Tea Estate Worker Villages

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Cold Season Work in Chota Tingrai Tea Estate Worker Villages

In Assam, making tea is a community enterprise. While parents pluck or work in the factory, children attend tea estate schools or play sports in tea estate sports fields. Families live in houses constructed and maintained by tea companies. When people get sick, the first doctor that visits is from the estate hospital. Chota Tingrai Tea Estate itself is home to 367 families, situated in two villages. Additionally, we have a hospital, two schools, two soccer fields, a church, a mosque, and several Hindu shrines. Indian plantation law requires us with the maintenance of these structures, and the general welfare...

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