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Although established in the late nineteenth century by two English tea planting ladies, Khongea has been managed and owned by the Prakash family for over 50 years. Under the guidance of Sudhir Prakash, the Chairman of the company for the last 30 years,
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Mr G N Singh is one of the longest serving managers in the industry and his passion for his tea bushes is one of the reasons Khongea has just amazing field statistics. We cannot remember a field that has been replanted or pruned without his presence!

With Sudhir's enthusiasm for anything to do with tea, and his close involvement with the Tea Research Association in nearby Jorhat, over the years the Khongea factory has set standards for many others, with state of the art machinery installed for the production of every type of Assam tea - from black orthodox and CTC to green, in whatever proportion the market demands.

As Khongea came to the family in the year he was born - 1949 - many of the workers have watched Sudhir and his children grow up and the close affection for the family is very apparent as you wander through the villages and interact with the workers. Alongside Sudhir's 50th birthday in 1999, a Golden Jubilee celebration was organised at Khongea to celebrate 50 years with the Prakash family.

Our Khongea Diwas festival every winter is a gathering of the Prakash family and all the workers of Khongea Tea Estate. Annual prizes are awarded for categories like the most productive workers, best attendance, best pruning team etc. Each village performs traditional Assamese "Bihu" and "Jhoomor" dances with colourful costumes and tribal jewellery, and "mithai" or Indian sweets in the form of "laddoos" are distributed to all the worker families. There is also a very popular volley ball match between the 3 Tea Divisions - Khongea, Khorahat and Lao Jaan. The grand finale is the Tug of War between a team from each tea division culminating with a Tug of War between the winning team and the Management. There is also a Tug of War between the winning ladies' team and the wives of all our tea managers. The matches are watched by the workers and the Management with much enthusiasm. It is a wonderful few days of festivities to bid goodbye to the previous season and bring in the new one.

Comparing Assam and Darjeeling teas is like comparing two completely different products.
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Khongea teas are exported to discerning markets such as Germany, where the golden tippy teas produced during Second Flush are especially appreciated.

Khongea is situated in the upper reaches of Assam, on the south bank of the Brahmaputra River. It is the single largest tea growing region in the world. It produces good breakfast teas that go well with milk, and are prized for their rich, malty, and robust cup character. The finest Assam teas produced during Second Flush have chunky golden tips.
The first harvest of the year starts in March, after a prolonged period of winter dormancy. The First Flush in Assam often has a fragrant, fresh, flowery character, usually a little spicier than its Darjeeling equivalent. The cup is golden yellow in colour.

However, the best quality Assam teas are harvested in May and June, during the Second Flush period. Khongea Second Flush teas have an unusually high proportion of chunky golden tips. The teas have a spicy and malty character and the color of the infused leaves is a rich coppery red to deep brown.

Khongea produces both CTC and Orthodox (leaf tea).