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Lankan tea veteran Bryan Baptist trains Turks in tea-tasting

By Bernie Wijesekera

Bryan Baptist, with over 40 years experience as a Sri Lankan tea taster cum manufacturing consultant, has accepted a pleasant new assignment -- training 50 bright young men and women in Turkey in the art of tea tasting.

He told the Business Times prior to leaving to Turkey that, that country produces over 220 million kg of tea annually. He said he would make every effort to impart his knowledge to the students in Turkey so that they will be second to none in this field.

Mr Baptist has trained many Sri Lankans who hold very responsible and key positions in the tea trade today as Managing Directors, Directors and Executives of leading tea companies. He has also lectured at the National Institute of Plantation Management for over 20 years, addressing Planters and Factory Officers in Marketing, Manufacture and Tea Tasting. He has conducted courses for school leavers, many of whom are in the tea trade today.

Commenting on the teas produced in Turkey, he said he is confident that a few adjustments in processing and manufacture could result in a better end product. Mr Baptist has worked for six tea broking companies, five in Sri Lanka and one in Bangladesh. His longest stints were with Bartleets as Joint Managing Director (22 years) and John Keells, where he started his career, for almost 10 years.

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