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The Mana Difference - Cutting Edge Green Tea Manufacture

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The Mana Difference - Cutting Edge Green Tea Manufacture

The Green Tea Factory at Chota Tingrai Tea Estate Hard to believe when you watched the video, but Mritunjay and team erected the green tea factory in less than 40 days. The team that built this factory hailed from both Chota Tingrai Tea Estate and Japan. The Japanese team was led by the indomitable Shoji Hara. This man’s energy propelled the construction forward. He has a long history of innovation in tea, holding several patents. He sees this factory an opportunity to push the boundaries of what is possible in tea. Mritunjay managed the Indian team with assistance from Simi....

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The Mana Difference: Healing the Soil Through Better Compost

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The Mana Difference: Healing the Soil Through Better Compost

Really, the Mana Difference is all about the smell. The first time I visited the Mana’s organic tea gardens at Chota Tingrai Tea Estate, the smell struck me the most. The scent of the dark earth, mixing with the warm tinge of coming rain and a faint waft of tea from the factory a mile down the road. The scent of living things. A chemically nurtured section does not have a scent, except when it is being sprayed. And that’s a horrible stench. Like bunt tires and dust. Mana’s gardens smell this way because they are more than just a...

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Composting on Chota Tingrai Tea Estate

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Composting on Chota Tingrai Tea Estate

Organic management has proven daunting for tea gardens in India. Nutrients in most tea soils have been leached off by years of over cultivation. This has encouraged the over use of chemical fertilizers, predominately urea, to provide the macro nutrients—Nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P) and Potassium (K)—required by plants to prosper. In many tea gardens, this over use of chemical fertilizers has hardened the soil and formed a salt pan. These factors inhibit the tea bush's nutrient uptake. As a result, many gardens add even more chemical fertilizer to their soil to maintain the tea crop. This application of extra chemical...

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