Upasi plans 2nd edition of tea contest in Dubai

Kochi, Jan 1 | Updated: Jan 2 2006, 05:35am hrs
The United Planters Association of South India (Upasi) plans to hold its second edition of the tea cupping contest for the best of South Indian teas in Dubai during the two-day Global Tea Forum (GTF) starting February 26.

Tasting success at the first edition which was held at Coonoor in September in connection with the 112th annual meeting, the association had got the in-principle nod from the Dubai Tea Trading Centre (DTTC), a subsidiary of the Dubai Metals and Commodities Centre (DMCC), which is organising the forum.

According to organising convener K Dharmaraj, the final word was awaited from the Tea Board which would also be associating itself with the contest.

The board was expected to approve the contest. Like in the earlier version of the Golden Leaf Award for the best of South Indian teas, the competition would be based on the orthodox, CTC and organic teas from the diverse agro-climatic zones - Nilgiris, Wyanad, Anamallais, Travancore, High Ranges, Karnataka and other minor districts - each having their strong, unique and distinctive quality attributes.

Tea from the Nilgiris was delicately fragrant and bright, the High Ranges exquisitely tangy and exotically aromatic, Anamallais intensely full-bodied and Wayanad and Central Travancore black leaf appearance and brisk/strong liquors.

Like done earlier, the association proposed to hold the contest at three levels. At the first level, the samples collected from the different estates across South India would be screened on strict parameters.

The second level would involve looking into the technical parameters like prevention of food adulteration (PFA) and European Union standards to be done at the analytical laboratories of the association.

Only teas that passed these tests would enter the final tasting round which was proposed to be held in Dubai.