The Perfect Cup of Tea

It was just another day in the tour itinerary….. woke-up with a strong cup of tea, took bath, had breakfast and then took the long twirling route from the Mid-Himalayas of Arunachal Pradesh  to the foothills of Assam. Sun was already setting when we crossed a stretch of road which had acres of trimmed bushes on both side. Fog has started settling on top of the bushes like a blanket and there was something about the sight that made be forget all the tiredness and the desire for a warm bath! We stopped the car and walked through the unpaved road in middle of the tea garden… Me & Pratham were thrilled with the amazing sight of acres and acres of tea bushes so perfectly trimmed!

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Tea leaves being manually sorted @ainfinitestep

As we walked further, we met the workers starting to wind-up their day’s work and some have even started leaving. We requested some of them to give us an opportunity to take a picture and they were so nice to allow us to do so! Out inquisitiveness brought the Labour In-Charge wit whom we had an amazingly informative chat about the tea gardens, its labours and about how tea is manufactured.

agriculture-blur-close-up-911804Tea leaves are plucked delicately with hand to ensure that it doesn’t get crumbled as the top three leaves are the best and the costliest! You will be surprised to know that in Assam there are a whole community of people called the ‘Tea Tribes’ who have been working in the tea gardens/estates for generations! Talking to this innocent people have been an amazing experience and they told us about the hard life they led but he joys of being part of the tea community. We were also told that this tea tribes and their nearby community annually celebrate a special festival where they sing and dance about their life in the tea garden, etc.! Wish to be part of this festival someday…

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Some of the ways you can drink tea!

Another interesting thing I learnt while preparing this story is that there are several other types of liquor that goes by the name ‘tea’, which however, are not really ‘tea’? Green tea, lemongrass tea, hibiscus tea, etc are some examples! Another thing that I must share with you all is the beneficial effects of tea and how to obtain them. The PDF below is not mine but its so informative that I must share! All credits to its originator 🙂

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Here’s a list of the benefits that you can get from the different ‘teas’! Please remember that all of them are not technically ‘tea’! 🙂

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…….. and here is how to make the PERFECT CUP OF TEA!

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Inspired by our experience in the tea garden we sat in a nearby tea stall (they call it ‘ghumti’) and had an amazing cup of ginger floured tea, which I cannot forget my whole life! Here’s your downloadable copy of the recipe for the amazingly tasty and rejuvenating ‘masala chai’!

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Hope you had as much fun reading this post as we had preparing it! Due credit has been given to the sources of some of the informations. So, next time you enjoy a cup of tea, do check the label for its origin! You maybe pleasantly surprised to see that you are enjoying an exotic tea from Assam!

Copyright: The thoughts are my own, the knowledge is universal and the photos are from my travel & from Pexels free stock library. Some of the PDF are from other source and it has been mentioned in the PDF itself.  If anyone wishes to use the content or the photos, you are most welcome, however, do place a link to this page with acknowledgment. This is not only an internet courtesy but also a legal requirement. Regards.

47 Comments Add yours

  1. idebasish says:

    This is absolutely wonderful.

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  2. Sigourney says:

    Wish I could visit the tea plantations someday. (I’m a tea sommelier)
    Technically it can only be called tea if it contains leaves from the Camellia Sinensis, all the rest should be called tisanes or herbal infusions ❤

    Great read though!

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  3. Melanie says:

    WOW! So much good stuff here and I didn’t know where to begin. I’m saving your post to refer back to, because I’m all about self care and “me time” so I think tea fits in really well there and I’d love to link back to it. For now, I’ll pin away. Thanks so much for sharing!

    ~ Melanie
    http://www.imagineyou.co.za/

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  4. So cool! I never would have known. great post!

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  5. It’s amazing what you learn about food when you go to the source! I can’t have caffeine so a lot of these teas don’t work too well for me (although I love black and green teas so much!) Herbal teas are my go-to now if I want a cup, but this was some super useful information! Thank you!

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  6. mariaaar says:

    This made me learn the different benefits of tea. I actually started to reduce my coffee intake and prefer to drink more tea. I mean both have caffeine on them but I believe tea benefits our health more. I will definitely come back to this post to make sure I drink the right tea according to my needs. Great read!

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  7. Maddy says:

    I’m so jealous you got to actually go there! So coo!

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  8. Sounds like you had a great time. I love tea black, green and oolong are some I drink regularly. Your graphics are very helpful and make me want to try some of the ones I have never heard of before! Thanks for sharing!!

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  9. Stacy Karyn says:

    Wow, I feel like such a tea noob now!! I had no idea that different types of tea had such specific benefits. I’ll have to save this for later. 🙂

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  10. SeunOG says:

    This is very nice

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  11. Kate says:

    Wow sounds like an incredible experience. Just goes to show you never know what can happen if you have the courage to approach locals and ask for their story. I’m jealous!

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  12. CherishingFLo says:

    Just reading this made me all giddy to try these teas! I LOVE tea (not as much as I love coffee but STILL). Sounds like your experience was awesome! Thanks for sharing it!

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  13. livingbreely says:

    This post was so informative! Now I’m craving a good cup of tea. 🙂

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  14. Loved this post! First of all I love a good cup of tea, especially a Chai. Love all the pin-able graphics with fast and easy guidelines and tips.

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  15. I HAVE to pin this for my future tea drinking binges. I just recently started drinking herbal teas. I’ve always been a “sweet tea” drinker and always have a pitcher in my fridge but herbal teas have so many wonderful benefits! And how cool tha you got to converse with those in the tea community. What a humbling experience I bet! 🙂 also, your pictures are stunning!

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  16. nadaliebardo says:

    Holy crap this was very informative. I loved every bit of it, I still have a few teas I haven’t had the chance to try.

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  17. Shelley says:

    This was fantastic and full of such awesome knowledge.. I am a tea granny and enjoy learning about tea.

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  18. This post is excellent tea education!! I have learned so much from this is amazing. I love your infographics that provide clear explanations about the perfect brew and perfect. I specially love the info graphic on chai tea – great work! 👍🏼. ❤️ xo, Evelyn, PathofPresence 🦋

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  19. omtripsblog says:

    I prefer to drink only natural herbal teas. In Bulgaria, we have plenty of them. We often gather herbs by our own.

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  20. This reminds me I need to get better about drinking my teas. Love all the descriptions of each as I never knew, I just drank whatever one I liked whenever I wanted too.

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  21. BeingChloe says:

    I tend to just drink normal breakfast tea, but now I know the benefits of all the different kind of teas I might venture out and try some more! x

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  22. Tionna says:

    As an avid lover, I want to THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this. Loved the post.

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  23. Katz Voyage says:

    literally drinking tea while reading this. love it xoox

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  24. Nickle Love says:

    This is cool. I just learned a bunch of things about tea. Now I should start drinking green tea again.

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  25. patienceconsistencyjustinflorio says:

    I love tea! I loved the infographics you put into your post, there are so many remedies for different teas.

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  26. dgutkowski says:

    I love this! The cool thing about tea is not only the delicious taste, but the health benefits. Whenever I’m sick, I always turn to tea. It soothes me.

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  27. Brittany says:

    I love tea so much! This is such an informative post. Great photos too!!!

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  28. I so drink tea for the amazing benefits. My favorite tea is matcha .

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  29. I’ve never been a drinker of tea but I’m fascinated by it. This post is such an AMAZING resource! I was blown away by how detailed it was!

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  30. There are so many amazing benefits when it comes to tea! Love your detailed article!
    Xo, Sondra
    Cuisineandtravel.com

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  31. I am not a fan of tapioca balls so bubble tea is not for me. I do love herbal and black tea. I have a cough for 2 weeks now and have been living on tea

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  32. Sarah Bailey says:

    Hands up I love a good cup of tea, so this is an interesting post, I have to admit I normally have black tea, some of them might be caffeinated and others uncaffeniated depending on the time of day, but yes I always seem to gravitate towards tea.

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  33. Carrie Liu says:

    What an interesting read! I’m a coffeeholic but I do know a lot about tea from my family (I’m Chinese). My grandpa buys all kinds of expensive tea and I just can’t tell the difference. Shame on me.

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  34. vidyatiru says:

    i do drink many diiferent teas throughout the day to get y quota of fluids,,
    this post offers so many more options and loved reading all the interesting facts

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  35. loyaloilmom says:

    What a wonderful adventure you took. I enjoyed the history of the leaf farmers. Also, the added uses for teas is wonderful! Thank you!

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  36. PaulaMS says:

    We love a great cup of tea and have one every afternoon.

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    1. Ah that’s a pastime in Assam 😄

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  37. I love my afternoon tea. I have to be honest in saying my obsession with tea is related to the Downton Abbey series. After tasting my first cup of hot tea (it was cinnamon) I’ve been on a quest to taste every tea available. It would be fun to see this place and learn about how tea is harvested, etc.

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    1. You should also try alllll the types a tea can be prepared ☕️

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  38. Kiwi says:

    As someone who is living a more holistic life I am trying to drink more tea. i love a good herbal tea and I am reaching which herbals can heal me that I can seep into a tea.

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    1. Then I’m glad I’ve put up the info graphic 😊

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  39. Joanna says:

    Wow, you know so much about tea! I would love to visit a tea plantation sometimes. One of my favorite teas is the chai but I never knew how to make it myself. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

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  40. toastycritic says:

    I love all of the graphics you have here. Honestly I prefer a cup of tea to a cup of coffee and you have such great information in all of those graphics thinking about what kind of tea you want. Very nice.

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    1. Thank you so much 😊

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