It is budget time for us, since our season is busiest during the winter we have made our fiscal year July through June. This means we are estimating how many tea bags we expect you to buy, when you will buy them, and what flavors you will choice. All of this is of course scientifically done and has a zero percent chance of error, well ok so it is a best guess. After we have determined all of that we then spread the production over our facilities and notify our vendors of what we need and when we need it. This is then forwarded to our three plants so they can determine the staffing and production requirements. Now all of this is probably what you do when you create your home budget each year so you might be able to relate to the fun times we have during this process. And like you we try to make sure we come within +/- 3% of our budget. So when you are in the tea isle do not forget to pick up that box of tea, we are planning on it.
For me, leafing through a recently-released compendium of teas with many first-flush single-origin varieties is akin to salivating over those luscious photos of vegetables in a seed-seller’s catalogue: Each entry promising something new, summoning a hopeful if guarded belief in Nature and the growing conditions of my garden. What will the … Continue reading