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So I am going to go off back packing in eastern Canada for the next four weeks. Quebec, Ontario and maybe Nova Scotia. I want to check out some tea shops along the way so post your favourite tea spots in the comment section.
With all the comments and questions i’ve been getting i thought it was high time for a update. I got in contact with one of owners and this is what I have so far. it will be a mix between cafe and retail, food and tea will be served. they will have over 100 varieties of tea, including fruity and aged teas. they also have a special bubble tea! ( i’m not a bubble tea fan it’s those little balls and almost choking on one once). they also “delicious waffle sandwich, fresh fruit dessert waffle and many other surprise snacks”. sounds like they have some interesting furniture and design that i’m excited to see as well. can’t wait for these guys to open, and I will let you guys know when i have a firm date or any new information.
Twettle: the tweeting kettle
Here a story i found on wired.com it’s a kettle that is connected to twitter that will tweet about the tea its made and energy saved. i dont think id want this but, its just a interesting article. check it out.
here is a video from new tang dynasty TV. about the state of India’s tea industry, and what they are doing to protect it.
In the wake of the recalls of Chinese food products and the deaths that have happened china has started to finally address the problem and to beef up there export laws in regards to food at least, one of the main areas they are tackling is tea as of 2008 tea companies must register there tea base at the source (the fields they are grown) they must collect soil samples and product samples, along with water testing and the farmer must submit some very detailed credentials like pesticides used and fertilizer types and these must all pass the standards set by the government. All this is submitted to the Quarantine Bureau and Chinese Customs. The company must have its own Chinese Trading License or go through a Chinese trading company. This is true for all products exported from China. Most foreign companies cant obtain these licenses so the go trough a Chinese trading company but these are pretty sketchy and aren’t very reliable, and more often then not the company loses total control of the tea to the Chinese company. The new laws also do apply to the trading companies that the tea companies go through so all parties will be held to the same high standards.
during the week of febuary 14 a total of 5,239,078 million kilograms of tea was sold at auction in Mombasa, at an average of USD $2.48 the total amount at auction was 7,070,326 kilograms of tea compared to 6,955,676.80 kilograms for the same period last year. Kenya led in the amount tea 5,149,235.80 kilograms out of which 3,758,915.50 was sold at USD $2.61 per unit. the reports indicate that there was less demand for the tea with 28.39 per cent remaining unsold.
the bigger issue is that kenya has reported that there is a lessening in rain fall in its tea growing regions west of the Rift Kericho, Buret, Gucha, Nyamira, Kisii and Sotik, The report indicates that the crop is low and is expected to decline further in the east and west of the Rift while Nandi is showing slight improvement. this is a worry is this climate change in action what will this mean for the tea trade with conflict in the region and lax agricultural practices, and a slumping global economy what will happen with the African tea trade
The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011