Taiwan's tea entrepreneurs brew up new twists on tradition

Aug 21, 2016

Taiwan's tea entrepreneurs brew up new twists on tradition

Cheap instant “bubble tea” has become one of Taiwan’s best-known culinary exports. Now a new wave of entrepreneurs hopes a high-end modern take on traditional brews will also be sipped worldwide. Taiwan has been producing tea for more than 200 years, and a cup ...

Aromas of old town Tokyo attract new visitors

Feb 20, 2016

Aromas of old town Tokyo attract new visitors

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A traditionally working-class neighborhood in Tokyo that rose from the ashes to become one of the city’s favorite retreats lies a stone’s throw east of the Sumida River across from Nihombashi. In the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa district, where cafes and boutiques have cropped up like wild ...

Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens

May 5, 2015

Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens

Usha Ghatowar smiles wryly when asked about the pay she earns picking leaves at a colonial-era tea garden in India’s Assam. “Do you think 3,000 rupees ($48) are enough when your monthly expenses can be double that?” she mumbles, as she puts on her ...

Sri Lanka sexes up Ceylon tea's image

May 20, 2013

Sri Lanka sexes up Ceylon tea's image

A hot cup of Ceylon tea is better known as being soothing and relaxing, but Sri Lanka is now marketing its most profitable export as a luxury boost for the libido. The tea industry is increasingly plugging Ceylon’s supposed aphrodisiac qualities in a bid ...