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Salty Black Tea is Preferred

Everyday black tea is brewed in large batches and transported to the tea fields for the pluckers to drink. This happens 4-5 times a day as the pluckers prefer to get a refill every 2 hours. 

The interesting thing is that they will not drink Plain Black Tea - it has to have a Pinch of Salt. The Salt and Caffeine keeps them going and energized - it's a thing that has carried down since the British Rule. 

Black Tea being made for the plucker in Assam India

Black Tea Being Made in A Large Batch in Assam, India


Essentials for Assam Tea, being made for the plucker

Essentials for the Brew 


Plucker Filling Her Bottle Up Until the Next Tea Run

Plucker Filling Her Bottle Up Until the Next Tea Run

TeaBlyss - History Matters

TeaBlyss - History Matters

Yash's Great Great Grandfather - Sitaram Choukhany, the founder of Ghograjan Tea Estate

Yash's Great Great Grandfather - Sitaram Choukhany, the founder of Ghograjan Tea Estate 

History Matters

Our founder Yash Choukhany is a 5th generation tea farmer and the proud owner of Ghograjan Tea Farm based in Assam, India. The garden's history dates back to the early 1930's, when Yash's great great grandfather - Sitaram Choukhany planted the gardens first seeds near the Ghogra River. In the local Assamese language, 'Jan' mean a Small River and hence Ghogra-Jan came into existence. 

Today, the farm sprawls more than 350 acres of tea under cultivation and employs over 400 people with well laid out infrastructure, including housing, a health center and a primary school. 


 Higher Secondary School that is used by 6 neighboring villages, donated by the Ghograjan Family in 1954

 Higher Secondary School that is used by 6 neighboring villages, donated by the Ghograjan Family in 1954  

"Being a 5th Generation tea Farmer, sending fresh packets of tea and educating people that CHAI is not called CHAI TEA, felt like a calling. These days we might go about it differently, but the quality of your tea remains the same. Thanks for being a part of TeaBlyss.

TeaBlyss - Garden Time in Eastern India

TeaBlyss - Garden Time in Eastern India

Tea Time Management

The way that the US has 6 time-zones and Russia has 11, India simply has one - IST - Indian Standard Time. This creates a big issue for the Eastern tea growing community, as it's so far East compared to the rest of the country that Assam and Darjeeling are almost in China. In Eastern India, the sun rises at 4 am and sets at 4pm. Whereas in Mumbai, the sun will rise at 7 and set at 8 pm, at much more appropriate times. 

To fix the issue, the tea garden people abide by their own time, called Bagaan Time [Ba-Gaan] Garden Time. For decades, everything and everyone within the tea community has worked and functioned by Garden Time. It's an hour ahead of Indian Standard Time, so work starts at 6 am Garden Time and ends at 4 pm Garden Time. 

This is something that 99% of people in India are also not aware of!


Main Bell at Tea Farm in Assam, India

                                                           Main Bell 


Sticks carved out of Bamboo on Tea Garden in Assam, India

                                    Sticks Carved Out of Bamboo


Every workday at 5 am Garden Time, this huge Bell is hit by a stick carved from bamboo to wake people up to get ready for work. It also rings at Noon for lunch and 4pm when work ends and tea pluckers drop their harvest at the factory. In almost all tea gardens, the Bell is located centrally, so that it can be heard from the employees' living quarters as well as the factory.