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Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman Jayampathy Molligoda

Why Sri Lanka is Seeking a Geographical Indication Mark for Ceylon Tea

By Dananjaya Silva | PMD Tea

The Sri Lankan Tea Board is pursuing GI Geographical Indication status for Ceylon Tea, a distinct terroir marketed for 150 years. GI indication is a seal of authenticity used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or reputations that are due to that origin. Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman Jayampathy Molligoda discusses why the tea board is pursuing GI status and what this means for prices for producers and for the nation’s tea.

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Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman Jayampathy Molligoda

Tea at the Top of the World

By Roopak Goswami

The Guinness Book of World Records has certified a May 2021 tea break on Mt. Everest as the highest tea party in history. Climber Andrew Hughes, who organized the high-altitude tea break, writes that “tea already was interwoven into life on an Everest expedition. From the tea houses and lodges where we stayed along the trek to the countless hours spent with one another with a warm cup of tea in hand awaiting weather windows to climb onwards – tea is something that we shared so regularly that it is impossible to detach it from the overall Everest experience.” Read more…

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Tea News for the week ending Apr. 8

| A Global Recession Looms
| Assam to Open First High Schools for Children of Tea Workers
| PLUS The latest installment in Frugal Innovations features Varun, a device to recirculate exhaust from tea dryers

Seven-Minute Tea News Recap

Tea News for the week ending Apr. 1

| Export Earnings Down 4.5% as Sri Lanka Reports Lowest Yield in 13 years
| China Faces a Qing Ming Quandary
| PLUS Listen to why Sri Lanka is Pursuing a Geographical Indication for Ceylon Tea

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“What came first, the tea or the story? For every tea I drink, there seems to be a story in the wings, waiting for a listener. Tea and stories, can’t have one without the other! I am in search of both.” 


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“Tea is proven to enhance the well-being of those who drink several cups a day. It inspires a process of discovery among imbibers, cultivating a deep appreciation for the growing, crafting, and preparation of great tasting tea. Finding your own favorite tea leads to a daily ritual and, in time, a healthy life-long habit.”

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