Michael Harney has been the master tea buyer and blender for Harney & Sons for more than 25 years. He, is a published author and loves to scour the globe for great teas. Author of “The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea” a book he says he modeled after wine books.
More than a 100 years old, the Goomtee tea estate guest house sits on top of a hill, past the factory that has the year 1899 stamped in a vibrant blue. I am in a room with a view of rolling tea hills that fall away into the distance. I can see the Jungpana tea estate on the opposite hillside. Jungpana, the tea estate that is inaccessible by road. More on Jungpanna later. For now it is with Ashok Kumar the owner of Goomtee, whom I met in his home in Kolkatta after a stay in Goomtee.
The Guest House with a View of rolling hills of tea
Spiced Orange and tea roasted Pork Tenderloin served with mango, peach and habanera salsa
Art and tea have a strong connection for Steve Owyoung who is an art historian and in the midst of working on an annotated translation of Lu Yu’s Chajing, the first book devoted to tea. A drinker of fine artisanal teas, he is happy to pay the dear prices for the handcrafted leaf he drinks.
Cynthia Gold is known for her culinary innovations with tea. A tea evangelist, teacher, author of Culinary Tea, speaker at culinary and tea sommelier conferences, Cynthia is passionate about ensuring that tea is given the respect it deserves.