A teamaker’s perspective on tea, from the family tea company that is decommoditing a commodity. A blog about tea, life in Sri Lanka and ethics in business.
Tea & Health
The simple thing about tea

The simple thing about tea

After every session of the Dilmah School of Tea, we come to the realisation that it is always the simplest things that can go wrong when making tea. It is no different whether fine dining restaurant at $20 a pot or at home at 10 cents a bag – tea offers sublime pleasure that is...
Friendship in a teacup

Friendship in a teacup

  View Full Album There is a powerful emotion that the act of pouring a cup of tea evokes. Visually, the cues include the appearance of the amber liquid pouring into cups, mugs or bowls, and settling from its gentle motion to give rise to wisps of steam. It is also the aroma – sometimes...
The Man with no Tea in him

The Man with no Tea in him

Hearing the advice, earlier this week, of a learned marketer who proclaimed that tea – in the form that we know and love it today – will disappear in five years, and that tradition, love for tea are obsolete amongst a new generation that desires only instant gratification, it seemed that the 21st Century is...

The Teaman’s solution to the global economic crisis

Tea is a perfect beverage to soothe us through these troubled times and yet its 5,000 year history is punctuated more by conflict than calm. The Opium Wars of the 1800s, the ‘Tea Party Rebellions’ in the US in 1773 and their modern day equivalent in 2009, have all given tea an undeservedly dramatic heritage....

White Lie

The surreal beauty of white – whether in leaf, infused leaf or liquor form – is a rare pleasure that every tea aficionado must enjoy. I do not mean the commercially driven and inexpert interpretation of white tea, but the real thing. It seems strange to have to make this differentiation because white tea should...

Knowledge, Education, Quality – Tea Sommelier

Putting on the kettle and brewing up a cuppa sounds simple doesn’t it. It’s not – not because it is complicated – but because most people just don’t take the simple precautions to get it right. Like selecting garden fresh, origin packed tea and brewing black tea for at least 3 minutes to get the...

Some ‘teas’ just aren’t tea!

Real tea – black tea, oolong, green tea and white tea – come from the plant Camellia Sinensis or its variants, including camellia assamica. The natural antioxidants and their health benefits are present in these, equally potent although possibly with different benefits, in black, green, oolong and white teas. Yet there are ‘pretenders’ in the...

Nature’s Physician

A growing body of scientific research confirms the ancient wisdom that tea is nature’s physician. It is clear that regular consumption of tea – around 5 cups daily – offers significant protection against all chrnoic (lifestyle) diseases affecting society today. If that were not sufficient motice for drinking tea, an inspiring study by the University...