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Bringing Mana to The US of A and The SF Tea Festival

Avantika Jalan

Bringing Mana to The US of A and The SF Tea Festival

July, 2013, I walked into the ferry building for the first time admiring the the location, the architecture and all the fresh, well packaged farm-to-table chocolates and fancy coffees. I took some photos of the packaging and whatsapped them to Rashmi, in India. “Look! It’s like the brown paper packaging we have for Mana! I see it everywhere in SF”. I knew what she was going to say. “Thicks, figure out a way to get our products there, it will fit right in that market”.  I was in the Bay Area for my masters, studying development practice – a sort...

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Introducing Dinjoye Tea Estate’s Limited Edition Silver Needle White Tea 2017

John Grams

Introducing Dinjoye Tea Estate’s Limited Edition Silver Needle White Tea 2017

Recently Mana Organics has been expanding its sustainable management activities to tea gardens beyond Chota Tingrai. While working at one of our recently recruited estates, Dinjoye, we came across this wonderful silver needle white tea. Because white tea has such mystique surrounding it, I thought it would be a good time to share what makes Dinjoye’s silver needle white tea so special. White tea comes from the same plant as both green and black tea. White tea is made from the newest growth on the plant at the very start of the plucking season. The tea buds are covered by...

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Happy Diwali 2017 From Assam!

Avantika Jalan

Happy Diwali 2017 From Assam!

Wishing everyone a very joyous and prosperous Diwali and a happy new year to all who celebrate this new beginning in India!

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Mana Organics Tea Travels: Scenes from Detroit

John Grams travel

Mana Organics Tea Travels: Scenes from Detroit

“Great tree house,” I said as I slowed the car to the curb. “It’s fun,” Marshall chirped. The tree house, or perhaps more accurately described as an elevated fort, stood guard over the front yard of a tie-died painted flower facade and chiropractic practice. The yard was planted with concrete slab and native grasses, and a comforting weeping willow. Marshall spoke to a group chilling below the fort’s slide. He knew one of the gentleman from an early sojourn in the neighbor. They spoke for a moment regarding the whereabouts of various fellow residents from his time there. Inside was...

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The Troubles in Darjeeling

John Grams about tea India

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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