On our trip out to Doke Tea Farm in Bihar, we picked some leaves that were transported back to Siliguri. They get left out for 18 hours then frozen for no fewer than 18 hours. They are then rolled and dried using a very innovative process involving a hair dryer and a wooden box lined with metal. Continue reading
During this year’s sourcing trip through Sri Lanka I took a passenger train from Ella to Colombo. The train was packed with locals in transit and tourists lining up along the window sills to snap photos of the picturesque countryside of the island nation. Continue reading
Wildfire. Tornado. Hurricane. Earthquake. Imagine having five minutes to pack up what you value – as well as what you might need – as you prepare to be a refugee. Everyone grabs the photo albums and the poodle. Those items go with you without thought. Continue reading
Today I sold my car. Tomorrow I’m going to pack up my house and put all my belongings in storage. At 9 AM the following day I’m going to get on a plane for Taiwan. I plan to spend several days there finding tea farms and teaware, and then take an actual boat across the Strait of Taiwan to mainland China.