Tag: Nilgiri Tea

The Nilgiri Tea Trail

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.” Martin Buber. A part of ancient landscape of Southern India, Nilgiris, which literally means the ‘Blue Mountain’, is known for its spectacular natural beauty, amazing wildlife, indigenous and ethnic people and tea! Though Ooty, the quintessential Indian honeymoon destination is more widely known, Coonoor that lies just 18 kilometer […]
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What You Didn’t Know About Indian Teas

My time with tea gets me opportunities to meet tea people from other parts of the world face-to-face as well as virtually; and almost every time I feel sad to see that almost all these people have no proper knowledge about Indian teas. According to them India is synonymous with just black teas coming from either Darjeeling or Assam (just […]
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A brief history of Tea in India

The history of tea is as fascinating as the history of mankind. Some believe that tea was first ‘discovered’ some 4000 years ago in China when a king, who was sleeping under a tree had kept his hot cup of water, right next to him, to be taken when he woke up. The story goes that some leaves of the […]
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Tasting the Avataa Tea

Avataa Tea is one of the leading tea brands of South India, and the distinguishing factor that I find about their teas, are the unique flavours and the freshness that each of their teas offer. Avataa comes from the Sanskrit word “fresh” as their website mentions and coming from an elevation of 6400 ft in the Nilgiris, their teas are […]
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“Love at first sip” – the story of her cuppa

“I was a coffee drinker all my love until I came to Smart iDeAS! Then something happened – an interesting and unexpected change that turned me into a tea lover. How I still remember the fights I used to have with my mom for fixing me tea instead of coffee as she was a tea drinker! Would you believe if […]
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All Teas are good for Your Health!

You heard me right! All teas are good for your health, unless you kill them by adding loads of milk and sugar! Tea has the following health benefits, irrespective of its type  – that is, white, green, black or oolong : 1. Tea contains antioxidants 2. Tea has less caffeine than coffee 3. Tea may reduce your risk of heart […]
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Tea & Wine – they are more similar than you thought.

Yes! You got it right. Tea is very similar to wine, though more complex, when it comes to the appreciation and food pairing process. As a good wine can be measured buy its ‘body’ and ‘aroma’, so is tea. The difference you need to keep in mind is that wines come from various varieties of grapes, while Tea comes from […]
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My Story and Cuppa

Growing up in a Bengali family in Kolkata allowed me to get access to the world of tea at a very early age. My father is a tea lover and I occasionally used to visit the tea stores in various parts of Kolkata in search of the perfect blend, along with him. Over the last four years, this love for […]
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Tea! The wonder drink!

India produces one of the finest qualities of teas in the world –  like the quintessential Darjeeling Tea. And yet! We as a nation never learnt how to truly appreciate tea as a fine drink or learn how to make a perfect cup of tea! What a pity! Perhaps, this comes from the lack of knowledge and understanding about Tea and […]
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