Tea Tales

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4 tea infused sweet treats to wow guests this Diwali!

4 tea infused sweet treats to wow guests this Diwali!

Diwali! It’s the season for cheer all over the country and for the Indian diaspora living in different countries. No celebration is complete without some sweets! They bring out the metaphorical light in our lives.    Not only do we want to serve delicious goodies, but we also want to keep it easy and quick, but without compromising on flavour. While it does seem a challenging task, especially when you’re handling four things together in this new normal, don’t worry, we have your back. Here are 4 sweet tea treats, made quick and easy with Karma Kettle tea blends. These...

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The joy of Durga Puja – will 2021 look a bit different?

The joy of Durga Puja – will 2021 look a bit different?

The pomp and grandeur with which the Durga Puja is celebrated in Kolkata is unparalleled. The sheer magnitude of celebrations is a testament to the traditional and cultural richness of the city. Spanning across 10 days, Durga Puja is held to commemorate the divine power and the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon king Mahishasura. Although Durga Puja is celebrated in October this time, the preparations have started months in advance. From building stunning themed pandals to shopping for clothes and gifts, the puja buzz is taking over one and all. Each of the 10 days is full of...

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Chai and Conversations - a match made in heaven!

Chai and Conversations - a match made in heaven!

Tea. Our day doesn’t start without a cup of tea. So much so, that Bollywood movies have often started a scene with the main character sipping on a cuppa at their verandah as the mellow sun shines in the background. Before the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns, the tea stalls or tapris were people’s adda spots (gossip or chatting spots). Even strangers bonded like childhood friends over several cups, biscuits and stories in those tiny stalls.  These bonding sessions are not limited to tea stalls alone. In our country, guests at home are given tea as a welcome ritual. Tea...

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Tea: the beverage and the roles it has played in history

Tea: the beverage and the roles it has played in history

Given how often people turn to tea to find a moment in their day to slow down, it’s easy to mistake it for a passive beverage. Sure, its meditative, lends itself to reflection and its rituals are about tradition and ceremony. But the other side of tea’s story tells a more absorbing tale, one of how tea has often played a part in rebellion and revolution.   Of course, the most famous of these is the Boston Tea Party, that set off what would become the American war of independence. Here, tea became a symbol of both Company monopoly and...

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How the tea industry is bringing in sustainable tea drinking practices

How the tea industry is bringing in sustainable tea drinking practices

Most of us cannot imagine a day without a hot cuppa. We like a steaming cup of tea each morning before we head to work. Some of us like a cup in the afternoon to help us get through the day. And many like a cup to relax and unwind before they wrap up their day and go to bed. The point is, often we’re in a rush and we need to prepare our tea quickly because our mind is occupied by our day to day comings and goings. What do we do when we’re in a rush? We pick...

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How COVID changed the way we drink tea

How COVID changed the way we drink tea

The pandemic brought forward a huge shift in the way tea is consumed all around the world and in India. Read to know more.

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4 fun ideas to upcycle your tea leaves containers into cool DIY crafts!

4 fun ideas to upcycle your tea leaves containers into cool DIY crafts!

If you are an admirer of art and craft and you love tea, then you are on the right page at the right time! We got some good news for you! Not only can you buy your favourite tea blends, but can also upcycle and transform the empty tins into something more crafty. Your empty tea tins can be reused in limitless ways in your craft room, bedroom, or even at the office desk like stashing old buttons, keeping the scissors without hurting anybody, or housing your favourite plant.     Tea tin planters: Another idea is making flower pots...

10 unusual ingredients that elevate your tea from regular to exquisite

10 unusual ingredients that elevate your tea from regular to exquisite

  Growing up in India, most of us grew up drinking chai- a robust black tea steeped with flavours of spices. The entry of several niche artisanal tea companies ( including Karma Kettle) between 2015-2020 introduced Indians to a whole new world of teas. Indians were educated, informed, well travelled and realized that tea isn’t just “chai” or “black tea” or “green tea” it is a veritable smorgasbord of whole tea leaves, blends, botanicals, fruits, spices and ingredients that is nothing less than exotic. Today, we cannot imagine a day spent without savouring any of our specially-blended artisanal teas. Green...

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Happiness Hacks with Tea: Regular Consumption of Tea Could Increase Your Wellness Quotient (Psst: There's a happy hormone in your body) 

Happiness Hacks with Tea: Regular Consumption of Tea Could Increase Your Wellness Quotient (Psst: There's a happy hormone in your body) 

Often called the "happy hormone," dopamine significantly contributes to our well-being. A primary driver of the brain's reward system, it spikes when we experience something pleasurable (Would you fancy some tea?). We all know that tea isn't just a tasty beverage to gulp down first thing in the morning. The nature of tea leaves is such that it imparts health and wellness benefits.  According to studies, Tea leaves, especially green tea leaves, are a rich source of flavonoids, bioactive compounds that can lessen oxidative stress, relieve inflammation, and provide other health benefits. We'll be the first to admit that we...

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Forget haldi doodh, try our turmeric teas for an immunity boost

Forget haldi doodh, try our turmeric teas for an immunity boost

Milky teas early in the morning, kadak ginger-elaichi chai for a mid-day refresher, coffee for a wake-up call in the evening, and haldi doodh (turmeric latte) for times when you are sick, blue or just need a booster shot - this has always been the beverage ritual at most of our homes since childhood. Things have evolved and so have our tastes, with Gen-Z and millennials preferring artisanal, organic, handcrafted brews such as chai latte, green tea blends, and herbal infusions over milky chai. But guess what continues to hold sway as an elixir of health even today? That's right!...