In this weeks round-up there is news from two of the world's less well-known producers. It is good news from Rwanda where export revenues are showing a healthy growth as the local tea board seek out new markets for Rwandan tea. Not such good news coming from Bangladesh though where tea auction prices have dropped to $2.80 per kg due to the high level of supply.
It is India that continues to dominate the news as the Calcutta Telegraph reports on flooding at tea estates caused by heavy monsoon rains which the Economic Times explains will likely lead to longer term issues with yields as the rains have a damaging effect on the health of the tea bushes. Also from the Economic Times, the government are looking to provide additional support by easing restrictions for small tea farmers.
The Times of India describes a further government initiative to audit and grade each of 1400 plus tea gardens across the country. Let's hope the grading system is a little easier to understand than the one used to grade its teas.
Finally from India, one tea garden in Assam is seeking to diversify by growing and producing what is described as authentic Japanese green tea.
While some scientists are pushing back the boundaries of medical research or searching for the Higgs boson others are determining the answer to more prosaic questions such as what biscuit is most absorbent when dipped (or dunked) into tea. Apparently it is the Rich Tea which takes the biscuit. Science has also explained this week why a hot cup of tea really does cool us down on a summer's day.
Finally, the Chicago Tribune reveals a new tea infuser being launched on Kickstarter. It looks to me like many other infusers you can buy but maybe this is a special designer infuser that you shouldn't be seen without.