The tea man

In Moscow the other day they ordered 20 tons of the finest tea. Ralf Janecki’s company is progressing. The office of the Hanseatic Tea Export breathes the air of the big, wide world in the industrial harbor of Bremen. “We get up to 300 samples per day,” says Janecki. At the end of the day they are called “Althaus” tea or “Pure Tea”. These top varieties from the auctions in Mombasa, Calcutta and Colombo are not available in the supermarket. They are ordered by first rate hotels, or online. The customers rely on Janeckis nose. “90 percent of it is smelling, the rest is sipping.” The table with samples for tea tasting is eight meters long.

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