Darjeeling: A History of the World’s Greatest Tea

Jeff Koehler

Darjeeling: A History of the World's Greatest Tea
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Darjeeling: A History of the World’s Greatest Tea

Jeff Koehler

Winner of the 2016 IACP Award: Literary Food Writing

Set against the backdrop of the looming Himalayas and drenching monsoons, this is the story of how Darjeeling developed its tea industry under Imperial British rule and eventually came to produce the world’s finest leaves. But today the industry is battling dropping production ,a violent struggle for independent statehood, labour unrest and the devastating effect of climate change. It’s the story, too, of the measures being taken to counter these challenges and save India’s most exclusive and iconic brew that are nothing short of radical.

A fascinating portrait of the region and a story rich in intrigue and empire, full of adventurers and romance, it illuminates the historic, arcane and changing world of this celebrated tea. 

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