Enter any retail store today, other than maybe a luxury boutique, and a series of ‘special offers’ compete for your attention. This was always a strange phenomenon in relation to tea, for tea is cheap anyway, and for producers, good tea usually sold to packers (foreign brand owners) at less than its cost of production. […]
Fine Tea has so many parallels with fine wine, fine cigars and other indulgences. To experience tea in the most complete and satisfying manner, one has to start well before the taste. That is to experience tea in the first sense. Good tea, single origin, single region or single estate tea that is fresh and […]
Having just seen Steve Knapp’s reply to my father’s interview with the New Zealand Herald, this comes as a belated but important response. Mr. Knapp trivialises my father’s argument by overlooking two very important elements 1. Fairtrade has made a significant contribution to the issue of trade justice by bringing awareness of the problem. However beyond […]
Yeah right I hear you say – delicious, natural and good for you? Got to be sales talk. Read on for a moment, please. Sri Lanka was known for centuries as the spice island – records show that Ceylon, or Zeilan as it was then called, traded with the Roman Empire amongst others using spices […]
Terry Durack, the Independent newspaper’s (UK) restaurant critic and gourmet wrote some years ago in his Food for Thought column: Coffee and tea measure our lives. As youngsters, most of us start with tea, then we leave its safer pleasures behind for the racy glamour of espresso as we venture out into the world. Later […]
The art in tea starts here, with the tender shoots at the extremes of the evergreen shrub, Camellia Sinensis. Flavour and natural antioxidants are concentrated in the two leaves and bud; harvesting it is art because the men and women that pick these need to ensure they pinch off the bush only the two leaves and […]
Founder Merrill J. Fernando and his sons Dilhan and Malik ensure every pack of Dilmah reaches you fresh and full of flavor. As Merrill says, "my family cares for your tea, from the tea nursery right to your teacup."