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Darjeeling’s tea king wants an organic agricultural revolution in The Nikkei Asian Review

My latest story in The Nikkei Asian Review with photographs by Aroon Thaewchatturat. Life is chaos; the world is chaos, according to Rajah Banerjee. “The only constant is change. What are we doing here and where are we going? We need to answer these questions to be free, to find our way.” This is hardly […]

The World’s Most Expensive Tea Reloaded!!!

The Orissa Post, the largest English language newspaper in Orissa, India, has republished On the Tea Trail, the story of Makaibari Tea Estates near Darjeeling and the world’s most expensive cuppa.

Tea Total In Darjeeling – The World’s Most Expenisve Tea

Tom Vater reports on the world’s most expensive cuppa. Makaibari Tea Estates in Darjeeling have developed sustainable and biodynamic agriculture at high returns and plantation owner Rajah Banerjee is a true eccentric – businessman, visionary, environmentalist – who has elevated growing tea to an artform.