Nigel Melican has 38 years’ experience in the tea industry both as a product developer and tea factory trouble-shooter with Unilever Research and, since 1990 as owner and managing director of his tea consultancy company Teacraft and his specialty tea e-commerce company Nothing But Tea. Nigel’s diverse tea technology expertise has assisted clients in 26 countries – from establishing green tea in Australia to extracting tea antioxidants in Zimbabwe. Despite a background in monoculture CTC tea production his particular interest now is growing tea in non-traditional countries including the USA and the UK, assisting small farmers with better techniques for handmade tea production and marketing, and encouraging the use of sustainable tea growing and manufacturing methods.
Since 2013 Nigel has had tenure of the D.N Borbora Centenary Chair for Tea Quality and Manufacturing at the Tocklai Tea Research Institute in Assam – his special interest there is identifying appropriate mechanization technology for the Indian tea industry.
Nigel has travelled avidly since the ‘70s and has been known to boast that he has personally manufactured good black tea on six of the seven continents.