Here, we have published articles related to tea and tea business, written by experts and by everyday tea users. This articles will give you an indepth insights on tea. These will help you take right decissions when you buy tea for your business or for your home use.
How Selecting suppliers for tea can be sometimes difficult.
But there are few tips to be kept in mind while the selection of your tea.
The first thing that a specialist of tea notice is selecting a tea on its â€œbloomâ€ or â€œhaloâ€. Some use the term â€œhaloâ€ while others use â€œbloomâ€. When you select your tea, hold your tea up at the eye level within the light, find out, if the tea showing any glaze or bloom. If you find bloom or glaze or halo on the tea, it is definitely good quality.
Now check the following points when selecting your tea, be it local, interstate or international......
First of all, The supplier you select must have the best offer and purest quality guaranteed tea. Tea should be hand harvested and machine made and free of human touch during the manufacturing process.
2. Suppliers' Reputation--- Generally, reputed suppliers, better dealings, prices and authentic quality.
Shabby suppliers, low price, low quality and may be No Supply at all and Loss of Money.
before selecting suppliers are-
1. Tea leaves must be free from artificial ingredients. Manufacturer or supplier must not have mixed any artificial colour or artificial fragrance without your express permission.
2. It must be rich in natural tea taste and tea aroma. Proper harvesting and manufacturing will make it rich in every respect.
3. It must have medicinal value. Tea in pure form and particularly when it did not come in contact with any chemicals has got very high medicinal value. If possible, at least once in a while, get the sample tea tested for chemical residue in laboratories.
4. It must be healthy for daily use. If a laboratory test confirms that it does not contain residue of pesticide or insecticide or any other harmful content, it is healthy for everyone.
5. Package of storage must be airtight. So that it does not acquire moisture or unhealthy substance.
6. Date of manufacturing --It is an established fact that tea remains fresh and consumable one year from the date of manufacturing and packing.
date of manufacturing is written on every pack of tea.
Please do not forget to check it with your supplier before buying it.
Tea market is a VAST market and all types of tea are in demand always. Be it high quality or even half contaminated quality.
Basically, the types of tea supplier you choose will depend on the market you want to cater to.
Now, when you are ready to buy your tea, you have to see the price, variety of stock tea, availability, knowledge or experience of a supplier in the marketing of tea.
You have to decide whether to go with the cheapest rate for tea for or to go with the best taste and flavor, which will be a little expensive.
Most tea retailers or wholesalers keep a stock of a range of tea varieties across the world so that you can choose from different teas.
If you are still hesitant about a particular supplier and wants to know more information about supplier or delivery times, then contact their site and see their response time.
If their response time is very long or does not even respond to your question, ( They may be selling big quantities and understaffed.)
you can expect a similar response when you actually order tea.
If their site looks good with all provided contacts and information, then you may trust them with your tea delivery.
Order them to send tea sample if it builds you trust and fulfill your taste or requirement, buy stock from them.
Tea leaves come with some amount of stalks, which is called â€œfiberâ€ in CTC style tea. The finest tea leaves are free of them.
More the fiber, lower the quality
Remember the above guidelines to choose tea, you will be able to buy the right tea at the right price and from the right supplier.
Tea - is the start of the day for most of the people. Hope most of you agree on this, don't you? There are possibly different kinds of tea powders available in the market today and also there are different ways making tea. Each one gives you a different taste to enjoy.
One of those different kinds of tea powders that are available in the market today is Herbal Tea Powder. Herbal tea is consumed from ages and there are a number of health benefits due to the use of herbal tea. This kind of tea is also called as Ayurvedic tea and is available in different kinds as each is made using different ingredients.
It is just due to the numerous health benefits that are offered by the herbal tea, it is getting more and more these days even it is present for more than 5000 years.
Here is the list of health benefits of herbal tea:
Best for Diabetic patients:
Diabetes is a very common health issue face by many people across the globe. This is chronic health issue and has no permanent cure. You need make sure that the sugar levels in the body are in control and a herbal tea can help you do that.
Benefits immune system:-
Herbal tea powders are made with some citrus fruits as well, like grapes, oranges and lemon. Using this kind of herbal tea will enhance immune system and also will prevent the seasonal diseases like common cold and flu.
Blood pressure under control:-
If you are someone with high blood pressure, then herbal tea can be a good choice for you. This is one of the most common health alignments faced by both men and women across the world. This health issue can in turn lead to other health issues. Hibiscus is present in herbal tea and that can control the blood pressure.
There are many kinds of herbal tea that has helped many people lose weight in a healthy way. Tea improves health digestion and flushes out all the toxins in the body and hence you will be able to lose weight in a healthy way.
Herbal tea can help you get relief from stress and tension. They use certain kinds of flower extracts that can help in getting relief from stress and tension and also will help in solving sleep disorders like insomnia.
Overall, herbal tea will make sure to cleanse the body and provide a number of health benefits. Buy herbal tea today and enjoy the health benefits!!!
We extensively searched internet for finding out benefits of Herbal Tea and truth about its benefit.
Very honestly, we did not get any reason or scientific study to believe benefits of Herbal (so called) Tea.
Any normal tea or fruit juice is more benificial than those so called Tea.
However, we have listed those so called benefits of Herbal (so called) Tea.
Now judge yourself.
First of all, you must remember, tea is one of the rare natural edible items, which does not not go through any chemical during its manufacturing.
Tea is always pure in the tea garden or in the manufacturing unit. No colour or any outside substance is mixed with tea in the factory. We strictly recommend DO NOT mix any colour with tea.
FSSAI, a Govt body for food safety has put guide lines for mixing permissible chemicals on specific foods like sweets, fruit juice, soft drinks, ice creame etc.
FSSAI 2011 regulation 2.10.1 (1) on Tea clearly states that â€œThe product shall be free from extraneous matter, added colouring matter and harmful substancesâ€
That means tea colouring is illegal.
Some businessmen mix Bismark Brown, Potassium Blue, Turmeric, Indigo, Plumbago etc to make preferred tea color or to look like blooming tea.
Low quality tea or used tea are mixed with colour to look it fresh and enhance its price.
Generally Black Lead or Plumbago, à¤•à¤¾à¤²à¤¾ à¤¸à¥€à¤¸à¤¾ in hindi, lead used in pencil is mixed with used or very low quality tea to make it attractive. But this extra colour does not enhance its quality.
Mixing pencil lead or other colouring substance is actually easy. They just buy it in dry form and mix it with at the ratio of 95 tea:5 Coloring substance.
Lower the quality of tea then higher the quantity of colouring ingredients.
Moreover, drinking lead can not be good for health.
Avobe all, cheating and deception even on cheapest drinks, is highly inappropriate and illegal.
Prussian blue, turmeric or indigo are also used to colour tea. Out of these, prussian blue is decidedly toxic.
To find out if the tea has been dyed or not, just take little tea in your hand and rub it vigorously between your fingures.
If it leaves a stain on your fingures, be sure that it was coloured and be extremely sure to leave the tea with shop keeper. Further report this adulteration to the food safety department.
Similarly, if you put adulterated tea in a normal cup of cold water, you will find the water has become tea coloured within seconds.
On the other hand pure tea needs brewing to disperse colour, or longer time, like 5 to 15 minutes to throw out its natural colour.
Always remember, colouring of tea is illegal and may bring penal action.
SO DO NOT DO IT.
How to find out quality of tea ......
If you are a tea businessman or want to be a tea businessman, you must have knowledge to understand quality of tea.
So that when you buy tea, you can distinctly identify Good Tea, Better Tea, Average Tea and particularly low quality Tea.
To find out quality of tea, best option is to make a cup of tea, taste and test it, as is done by professional tea taster.
But when you go to a wholesale market to buy tea, good chance is that you will not find tea testing facilities in their shops.
So here you can go for the alternative way of tea testing. These techniques are very effective. All retail tea buyers use all or some of these technique to choose their tea from retailer.
1. Smell----- Good tea contains a distinct tea aroma, which is sweet and heavenly. The aroma itself should force you to appreciate it. Good quality tea aroma is unparalleled. You will not get similar aroma in any other thing of this planet.
If you smell two different type of flowers, you will find some broad similarity in these flowers. But not in case of tea. Its always unique.
Which differs from under withered or tea green leaf.
If you find the aroma of tea, smells like vegetables or non tea items, be assured that its not of desired quality. Then either it is underwithered or mixed with something--- intentionally or unintentionally.
Look------ Look of the tea should be blackish or brownish black but not dark black.
Overly Dark black is done artificially hence its of low quality.
Brown colour means its secondary tea or over grown leaf were used to make the tea.
So again it is of low quality.
But remember, secondary tea is lower in quality than primary tea but that does not mean its truly of low quality.
Where as tea made of overgrown leaf will contain fibre protruding from the granules. Because cutting machine could not cut or twist it properly.
Good quality tea will show a glaze or glow or bloom on granules. Alternatively, it will look dull and old.
Cutting----- Tea granules should look like totally rounded without any protruding fibre.
If it looks like flat or looks like flakes, its not at all good quality. This would look rounded when green leaf were of acceptable size, withered or dried correctly and the cutting machine is sharp enough to cut, twist and curl it properly.
Weight---- This is another effective instant test for testing tea quality. Just take some tea in your one hand and then take some other similar grade of tea of similar quantity in the other hand.
Now compare the weight.
If despite almost of same quantity and size, one hand of tea seems more dense, then its better quality then the other tea.
Enjoy finding out right tea at right price.
We want you to succeed in your tea business.
Tea Testing Tutorials for beginners
If you are in tea business, you can use this technique to select your tea. If your friends are in tea business, you may forward it to them.
Tea tasting is a very important part for starting and running a tea business-- successfully. Apparently, its not an easy task. A tea taster can differentiate over 600 different tastes of tea. Full fledged academic courses are there to learn tea tasting. It varies from 45 days to 1 full year.
It will definitely be an advantage, if you are a qualified tea taster. You will be able to understand tea quality and its reasonable price immediately.
But most probably, tea tasting course is not available in your city, or you may not have time to pursue the course.
Do not break down, every person is a tea taster. It is always better to do a course, but if you can not, just follow these guidelines to taste tea.
If yo want to follow tea tasting technique use by qualified tea taster, please arrange these small equipments--10 Tea testers' mugs of 100 ML size with lead, 10 Tea Bowls, 10 small tea box, 1 Tea Spoon, 2000 watt Electric kettle, 1 or 2 litre size, A sand watch or electronic stop watch, a electronic scale 20 gram capacity.
First of all
Put water in electric heater and boil the water.
measure each type of tea separately 2 gram each from the tea box with the electronic scale. Put the measured tea in each cup, keep tea box aligned parallel to the cup, so that you can recognise it.
After putting 2 grams tea in tester' cup, fill hot boiled water in the cup up to the brink, put the lead on and wait for 5 minutes using electronic watch for tea steeping.
Now pour the content of cups to tea bowls and align it to the cups and tea box. But Do not pour the tea leaves on the bowls. Put the leaves on lid of the cup, so that you can check it visually.
Now its time for actual tasting.
Take the first bowl in your hand, sip a good mouthful of tea, start rolling it on your tongue. As if you are eating the tea. Let your taste bud feel the taste. If you are not sure in the first sip, threw it out in a bucket and take another sip. Repeat the process till its clear to you.
But before checking the second cup, check tea leaves on the lid, check its color, fragrance.
The more coppery the color is, better the quality.
If the green color is visible on the edge of the cup, then the green leaves are not withered properly and its of low quality.
After keeping the cup at least for half an hour, check, the cup for colour of tea, does it have a layer of milk like colour? If there is a milky layer or milk like colour then it is of very good quality. But if it is blackish colour then quality is low.
When you finished checking all these criteria, then start checking the second cup following same rules.
After checking the second cup, if you find it better then first cup then put the cup slightly above the first cup. But if you find it lower quality then first cup put it below the first cup. Again if you find that first and second cups are of same quality then put both the cup in same line. Do this with all the cups. That will help you to remember quality of each cup even after hours.
In the beginning, you may not able able to remember all the positive or negative points of testing a tea cup. So better to write it down in a piece of paper------
1. What is the colour of tea and infused leaf ?
2. Is it bright or dull colour ?
3. Is there any greenish taint at side part of cup ?
4. How does the tea taste ?
5. How does it smell ?
6. Does to smell of any non tea item, even a faint smell ?
When you are testing tea, some important things you must remember ----
A. Price of tea must not influence your judgement.
B. You are not a professional Tea Taster, You are tasting tea for selecting tea for your business. So find out the taste, which are prefered by your buyers. You may or may not require very high quality tea.
You may improvise the equipments with your home cups, water heater, wrist watch etc but 2 gram tea and 5 minutes steeping time must be maintained. You may also mix milk to find out the look of final product.
In our country, India, tea is very popular. You will find tea stall every where. On main roads, in lane, even in by lanes. All restaura offers tea. Every household members drink tea and offer tea to every wanted guests.
So as a prospective tea businessman, your tea market is huge, selling your product is not problem.
On the other hand India is the largest producer of tea. So getting supply is not a problem for a tea businessman.
Since both sellers and buyers are in abundant supply, any one can start tea business in India.
To start a tea business with an aim to make it a large business house, first take these basic steps.
First of all, take a trade license from municipal authority of your town or city. If you want to start in your name or in your firmâ€™s name, a simple application in prescribed form will do. Along with the application, you are required to submit proof of address of your business, your own photo ID and a small fee depending upon nature of business and or size of your business establishment.
If you are starting a partnership business then you require to submit Partnership deed or Articles of Association in case of Limited Company for getting trade license or making bank account.
You should get your trade license within seven days from the municipal authority.
Now, you require to make GST registration and a Current account.
Composite GST registration is for doing business within your State and Regular GST Registration is for doing business all over India.
As we said earlier, tea is very popular throughout India, so Regular GST Registration will be better for your business. But if you are starting in small scale then Composite GST registration is more than enough.
GST registration usually takes seven to ten days. They also charge a very small fee. You can get your GST registration from local Sales Tax Office.
Now you require a Current Account. You can open a bank account in your firmâ€™s name. That you can do that after you get Trade License from local authority. If you want to open Current account in your own name then you do not require trade license. Normal documents like ID proof, Photo ID proof and address proof are enough. But it is better to open your account in your firmâ€™s name.
So getting trade license requires approximately seven days, GST registration another seven days and within this 14 days, your bank account will also be ready.
Within this 14 days of gestation period, finalize your business plans.
First- There are many types of tea. These include CTC, Orthodox, Green Tea, Oolong Tea Etc. Most popular are CTC, Orthodox and Green Tea. Which one you want to deal with ?
Secondly- Who are going to supply tea to you? It is always better to buy it directly from tea gardens, but 99.99% tea gardens will not sell less than 10000 kg at a time. Local wholesalers will give you in small quantity but charge at least 25% to 50% more.
Thirdly- Tea price depends on its quality, it might starts from Rs 70 to Rs 7000. What is your prospective consumersâ€™ preferences ? Lastly- Loose tea or Packet Tea ?
Probable answer to this question may beâ€”-
First- In India or in Asia CTC tea is very popular than all other tea. In Europe, Orthodox is more popular. Other tea are costly and not so popular has got limited market.
Secondly- Few Assam gardens sell in small quantity like minimum 500 kg.
You may get Small Quantity Assam Tea from www.assamteasellers.in .
Thirdly-If you are in a big city you can sell all qualities and all price ranges. But in a town or village, low to medium price range will be more popular.
Lastlyâ€“You can sell both packet and loose tea. You can pack it yourselve in 1 kg, 500 gram packets without level and gradually start your own brand. If your packets are without any level, you will not require to be registered with FSSAI. Once your tea becomes popular, then you can get it registered with Food Liesence authority or FSSAI.
Other than these basic four decisions, you will require to decide many other things, like place of business, sales personnel, size of your establishment etc.
When you have taken all these decisions, you are fully prepared to launch tea business. Be sure, after a year, you will relish the decision of starting tea business.
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