For you lucky folks in NYC, Davids Tea, a Montreal based company, is opening 2 retail stores, one on the Upper East Side At 1124 3rd Ave. and one in the Village at 275 Bleecker St. They are one of the few places in town where you can just get one cup of fresh-brewed tea.
On the other side of the country, the Winter Fancy Food Show is being held January 15-17 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This is put on by the National Association of the Specialty Food Trade and features more than 1,300 exhibitors. This also includes beverages, such as our favorite.
India is strongly considering having one tea label for all it's teas, as Ceylon (Sri Lanka) does. This is an over-arching label, meant to increase recognition in the international market and will not replace estate labels or company labels, such as Thunderbolt Teas. Also, in India, for the first time, orthodox teas - full-leaf, often hand picked and processed - will cost less than CTC. This is due in part to the ban on exporting tea to Pakistan. Politics strikes again.