Darjeeling tea has been regarded as the champagne of tea for its Muscatel flavour, which cannot be replicated anywhere in the world. Assam tea is globally reputed for its full bodied, deep-amber liquor with a brisk, strong and malty taste. Nilgiri tea has its own unique character - it leaves a creamy taste in the mouth with notes of dusk flowers.


With mystical beginnings in the 17th century, Indian coffees are appreciated globally - both for their unique taste characteristics and for the environment friendly practices that the country's coffee planters have persisted with over time. Intercropping with different types of spices provides interesting subtleties to these coffees that have won them widespread acclaim.


Spices from India have been the soul of global cuisine since time immemorial. Indians have been well versed with growing spices and also with their culinary and medicinal applications much before the rest of the world. The lure of these spices has led to historic explorations, wars and conquests and the country continues to retain its stature as the Spice Bowl of the World.

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Did You KnowMore

  • Darjeeling tea is known as the Fine Wine of Teas for its unique Muscatel flavour that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world.
  • The journey of Indian coffee began around 400 years ago.
  • India is known as the home of spices and boasts of a long history of trading with the ancient civilisations of Rome and China.
  • Darjeeling tea has been accorded with a geographical indication (GI) status. It was the first GI to be registered from India.
  • India has around 409.69 thousand hectares of area under coffee production.
  • India is worlds largest producer and exporter of spices. Of the 109 varieties listed by the International Organization for Standardization the country produces and exports about 75 varieties.
  • Assam is home to the single largest contiguous tea growing region in the world.
  • Production of Indian coffee has grown 15 times since 1950-51.
  • Indian spices are most sought after globally, given their exquisite aroma, texture and taste. India has the largest domestic market for spices in the world.
  • Assam is the only other region in the world apart from Southern China to grow its own native tea plant.
  • Karnataka is the largest coffee producing state of India.
  • India has a wide variety of climatic conditions and soil topography, which are suitable for growing several different varieties of spices. Every state and union territory of India has its own spice portfolio.
  • Assam tea typically generates rich, full bodied, deep-amber liquor in the cup with a brisk, strong and malty taste.
  • Italy is the top export destination for Indian coffee.
  • The entire concept of curry originated from India. The British love curry so much that it has been declared a national dish in the UK.

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