Jane Pettigrew’s World of Tea’s globally inclusive and in-depth overview of the tea industry will take readers on a tea journey across the world. It covers tea manufacturing in each tea rising area on Earth—a complete of 67 nations.
Jane Pettigrew has 35 years of tea industry expertise and is at present the director of research on the UK Tea Academy.
Bringing the ebook from its analysis part to publishing was a four-year endeavor. She spent the primary three years visiting plantations in Asia, Oceania, Europe and the Americas, in addition to connecting with growers through phone and e mail.
“The challenge was to find the less well-known growers,” Pettigrew stated. Some of these growers had been cultivating tea in new areas such because the United States, Great Britain and different components of the European continent. “It has been such an extraordinary adventure and so fascinating.”
The ebook’s 434 pages are sectioned into seven chapters. The first covers the origins of tea—the place it first grew, the plant’s traits and subspecies, in addition to tea harvesting and manufacturing and particulars about tea-producing areas.
Subsequent chapters focus on continents. Chapter Two covers North America. Chapter Three covers Central and South America and the growers of Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia. Chapter Four covers Africa, and never solely the generally identified growers of Kenya, Malawi and Uganda, but additionally the brand new growers in Togo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Reunion Islands and Madagascar. Chapter Five goes into Europe’s tea gardens within the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Georgia and Eastern Europe, Russia and Turkey. Chapter Six, the most important chapter, focuses on Asia and encompasses the nations of China, India, South Korea, Japan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, Cambodia and extra. The Seventh and last chapter options nations of Oceania: Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand.
“More and more people seem to absolutely be in love with tea plants and want to grow them,” Pettigrew stated.
Pettigrew elaborates on regional traits of the tea industry. She factors out why totally different areas concentrate on differing kinds of tea and the way their cultivation practices happened, resembling why good oolong teas come from Taiwan. Pettigrew additionally commented on the prevalence of smallholder farmers in locations like Africa and Indonesia and the rising significance of smallholders in India. She added that natural tea cultivation is turning into extra widespread, as Darjeeling is greater than half natural now.
Pettigrew additionally goes into how the tea industry enriches populations. “Tea is being used as a tool to create a better future for people,” Pettigrew stated. There is a priority within the industry to create sustainable jobs, even in locations just like the Congo, which goes by way of a civil struggle. In Togo, a Dutch moral physique referred to as the Noar Foundation has arrange a tea mission to offer individuals stability and a future, stated Pettigrew.
In every chapter, Pettigrew offers the historical past of how every area turned a spot for tea cultivation. In some instances, the origins return 1000’s of years, and in others tea manufacturing has simply begun throughout the final 5. She additionally explains how manufacturing strategies have developed over time and the way they differ between areas.
An eclectic assortment of pictures from across the world illustrates the variety of the terroirs and the individuals cultivating them. Detailed maps of tea rising areas had been meticulously designed for the ebook with a cartographer’s oversight.
World Tea Expo Book Release Party
What: Join Pettigrew for a Book Release Party and signing. Her ebook will probably be accessible for buy.
When: 4:30 p.m. June 13
Where: Main stage.
Don’t miss: Pettigrew may even host the Origins Tasting Tour and reasonable a panel dialogue on Career Pathways & Opportunities within the tea industry.