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Nishchal Banskota presents his Nepal Tea products at a tasting in New Jersey. Courtesy photo.




Nepalese Tea Tasting and Food Pairing 

Where: The Cozy Tea Cart, 104 Route 13, Brookline 
When: Saturday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with documentary showings every half-hour. 
Cost: Free, but call to RSVP. 
Visit: thecozyteacart.com/events; nepalteallc.com




A special tea
Tasting features organic Nepalese teas

11/17/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 The Cozy Tea Cart in Brookline is welcoming a unique guest for its next tea tasting and food pairing: Nishchal Banskota, who has been importing organic teas from his family’s tea garden and factory in Nepal and marketing them in the U.S. through his subsidiary business, Nepal Tea in New Jersey. 

Banskota first came to the U.S. five years ago to attend Colby-Sawyer College in New London. After graduating, he returned to Nepal and opened a tea bar, but after observing his family’s company more closely and working in the tea industry himself, he noticed a problem. 
“All these small retail buyers who want fresh teas from tea gardens [overseas] aren’t able to get them because they have to go through big brokers and pay high costs, or they don’t want them because there’s so many steps involved that they aren’t getting fresh teas,” Banskota said. 
Cutting out the middleman allows business owners like Danielle Beaudette from the Cozy Tea Cart to get unique teas that aren’t available in the U.S. 
“Nepalese teas are not well-known in this country because it’s so hard to get them here, but there are no other teas from anywhere in the world that taste like these teas,” Beaudette said. “That’s why they’re so sought after. The soil and the climate in that part of the world is very different, and that all plays into the flavor once the leaf is processed.” 
The Cozy Tea Cart recently started carrying two Nepal Tea brand teas: Ganesha Green, a premium, medium-bodied green tea with prominent marine flavors like kelp and seaweed; and Kumari Gold, a medium- to full-bodied black tea with caramel and baked fruit flavors and a high volume of essential oils, which results in a thin layer of oil that surfaces when the tea is brewed. Banskota will bring seven other teas to the tasting, including classic black, white, special chai blend, spiced green, spiced white, oolong and silver tip varieties, and a few of those will be featured and paired with food samples from the Cozy Tea Cart’s cafe. 
“The pairings are based on the spiciness and flavor of the food, and these Nepalese teas are a little lighter in the cup, so they’ll be paired with food that isn’t too overpowering,” Beaudette said.
In addition to the tastings, there will be a documentary shown about how Banskota’s family started Kanchanjangha Tea Estate in 1984 and how it operates today. KTE is unique in that it’s Nepal’s first certified organic tea garden and factory, and it provides free housing for the hundreds of farmers it employs full time, as well as scholarship programs for their children to receive free education. 
“A cup of tea from our garden is not a typical cup of tea. I’m not trying to venture into a typical money-making business,” Banskota said. “We’re trying to create a social enterprise that helps these farmers who would otherwise be deprived of these social and economic privileges.” 





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