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Gorkhaland protest: Darjeeling brew costs $1,800 a kg to European buyers

Tea plucking has been suspended since June 9 after the Gorkha community started strikes and protests

Reuters  |  Mumbai | Kolkata 

Ethnic unrest in India's Darjeeling hills has wiped out the harvest of the world's most expensive tea, disrupting supplies to European buyers and potentially pushing prices higher. Protests by Gorkhas, ethnic Nepalese living in West Bengal state, halted the plucking of Darjeeling's premium "second flush" tea crop, named for the harvest period that starts in mid-May and peaks in June. Second flush Darjeeling teas are prized by tea consumers for their amber colour and muscatel flavour that is unique to the region and harvest timing. The taste and colour ...

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First Published: Thu, July 06 2017. 18:46 IST
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