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May 04

Tygh Walters (Piedmont Tea Co.) Interviews Nigel Melican (Teacraft Ltd.)

By Tygh Walters | Uncategorized

On the eve of the World Tea Expo in Long Beach, CA., it is our pleasure to share with you our interview with international tea consultant, expert, and US League of Tea Growers founding member, Nigel Melican. Nigel gives us his take on the future of US-grown tea and talks about some of the keys to success for US tea farmers..

Show Notes:

Nigel Melican


Nothing But Tea Ltd.

Tea Craft Ltd.

US League of Tea Growers

Become a member of the USLTG:

Tocklai Tea Research Association

World Tea Expo

The Great Mississippi Tea Company

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Interview Transcription

PTC: How’s it going everybody, today is May 1st, 2015, and this is Tygh Walters of the Piedmont Tea Company.

What you’re about to hear is a short interview with Nigel Melican, an experienced international tea consultant and one of the numerous founding members of the US League of Tea Growers, a non-profit organization striving to support, advance, and connect aspiring US-tea growers.

I first met Nigel at the “tea growers roundup”, a meeting of Tea Growers, retailers, supporters, and enthusiasts hosted by Jason McDonald of the Great Mississippi Tea Company earlier this year in February 2015.

If you’re interested in making your bold mark in the tea story of the United States, then join us, and show your support by becoming a member of the US League of Tea Growers. You can find links to become a member in the show notes, or just go to

The United States League of Tea Growers strives to connect the increasing number of US tea growers while collaboratively sharing resources, research and information regarding.   By working together, we hope to achieve:

  • Plant husbandry knowledge
  • Development of “best  practices” know how
  • Development of appropriate automation
  • Product and process innovation
  • Research trials of US conditions
  • Gain/Create access to cultivars specific to US requirements
  • Promotion of US grown teas
  • Development/Promotion of agri-tourism
We encourage you to be a part of our information sharing efforts and welcome your feedback and questions as a valued member of the US League of Tea Growers!

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