A rich Assam, a mandarin, and special guest: Sprüngli chocolates from my brother and sister-in-law for my birthday.
Four teas with a friend. Chinese Green in the Gaiwan, previously a Yunnan, 2nd Flush Darjeeling, and an Assam.
Hopes, and Homes, Crumbling on Indian Tea Plantations, from NYT.com.
An article reporting on working and living conditions in Assam, India, which produces some of the largest quantities of cheap black tea in the world. Conditions like this are likely much more common than known publicly.
It’s a stark contrast to my experience at Makaibari Estate in Darjeeling. which is well known for it’s reinvestment in it’s community and workers.
Tea pluckers, most of whom are elderly women, deserve great respect and support. Without them we would not have tea.
Pluckers in the fields at Makaibari, Darjeeling. May 2013.
A card from my mom and dad sending lots of love and encouragement for new and thrilling opportunities in Berlin and beyond. Enjoyed with an afternoon Assam tea and toast. Thanks mom and dad.
Posters for the Darjeeling and Assam tea producing regions of India.
Totally old and amazing. Qualities just like vintage travel posters. Note each region has a circular logo on the bottom right. Found at the Asia Tea House in New Delhi, India.
Don’t forget the third tea producing region of India: Nilgiri. (They actually have all 3 posters).
The flush is simply what season the tea leaves are plucked. First flush teas are plucked in spring months (March, April, May). Second flush teas are plucked during summer months (June, July August). There’s an Autumnal flush too.
Specifying first, second, autumnal flush is generally used for…
Two Assams on Flickr.
And blueberries and a scone.
From The New York Times:
“East Frisian tea,” he said with pride. It was blended by a tea seller in the region where he grew up. “It is special.”
I stared at the strange mixture and sipped. It was strong and biting, mostly dark Assam leaves leavened only by a bit of Darjeeling. But as the sugar and cream rushed up from the bottom of the cup, the brew softened.
untitled on Flickr.
This is what I do all weekend on Flickr.