September 2017

There is a minority of nepali speaking people living in the Darjeeling region known as the Gorkhas. Their demand for an independent 
Gorkhaland has a 110 years old history. The agitations for Gorkhaland went through a very violent phase in the 1990s and entered into a phase of dialogue in the first decade of the present century. This is when the new party Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) emerged.

Conflict flares up regularly; A strike was called for in 2011, which lasted 9 days. In 2013, there were further escalations including strikes, and shorter strikes took place in 2015 and 2016. In June 2017 GJM called for another indefinite strike, which lasted for 104 days and was only suspended on 27 September.

The recent strike has disastrous consequences for the Darjeeling region and in particular for the tea gardens. The tea bushes which have not been attended to during the strike need weeding and pruning. It will take some time until they are nursed back into shape and tea of the usual quality can be plucked again. Fresh Darjeeling tea is currently not available. The Tea Fairy still has some stock, but this is dwindling. Updates will follow.

March 2017

For once the Tea Fairy has very sad news to report. The heritage bungalow of Rajah Banerjee caught fire on 16 March 2017 and burnt down completely. Fortunately, nowbody was hurt, but a lifetime of irreplaceable accumulations and memorabilia of four generations have been destroyed. It is heartbreaking that Rajah and his wife Srirupa, who are incarnations of hospitality, have lost their home and all their possessions.

Srirupa's sister has created an Online Fundraiser to give the couple some immediate tangible relief. Rajah Banerjee, who has spearheaded sustainable tea farming in Darjeeling and who is tirelessly seeking new ways to uplift the Makaibari community now needs support.

September 2016

 The Carlton in Zurich is including the Summer Solstice and the Silver Tips Imperial in their tea menue which offers one of the city's most exquisite assortment of tea. Enjoy a cup of Makaibari tea with your home made scone or cucumber toast and relax in the cultivated ambiance.

Wednesdays to Saturdays from 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (September to May)


July / August 2016 

Visit the Tea Fairy at the World Market in Zurich-Oerlikon on Friday, 8 July 2016 or on Friday, 12 August 2016. The market takes place on the Marktplatz Oerlikon from 11.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. I look forward to seeing you there!

February 2016 

The Tea Fairy visited Rajah Banerjee at the Biofach Exhibition in Nuremberg and collected the latest news. All teas of the Tea Treasure range except the Silver Tips Imperial will soon be available in luxurious bio-degradable tea bags in pyramid shape, which is good news for those who find making tea with loose leaf tea too complicated. Now all you need is a cup - and the quality does not change.

October 2015 

When the Tea Fairy visited Makaibari in March 2015 a film crew from SF1 was shooting for the documentary "Old Burma Road", which is being broadcast in six parts on Friday evenings at 9.00 p.m. Their visit to Makaibari will be shown on Friday, 2 October 2015 at 9.00 p.m. Get a glimpse of the Magical Mystical Makaibari!


October 2014 

Times of India reported that "a special lot of handcrafted tea from the Makaibari Tea Estate" was recently auctioned for USD1,850 a kg, thus becoming the most expensive Indian tea ever sold.

Three buyers from the UK, USA and Japan bought 20 kg of the Silver Tips Imperial to sell to selected buyers.

Silver Tips Imperial is plucked in full moon nights, but this particular tea was plucked during a planetary alignment that happens once in 108 years.