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Ratan Mondal : My Story

Ratan Mondal : My Story

I've been a tea taster for the past 10 years. I began making ceramics in Calcutta, and I started a small tea room so that people could try drinking out of my pottery. I have very good friends and family in Darjeeling, so I was getting the tea from there—and that was how I came into the tea industry. I always want things to be better and better, so within three years I had become a tea taster. When I taste the tea, it's not like in a special room, in a special chair, at a particular time. When my mind says taste the tea, if it's 10 o'clock at night, first thing in the morning—that is the time for the tasting.