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Tea Tasting

This is a refined and specialised skill and is an intrinsic part of auctioning. The subtle and varied nuances of every invoice of tea is first tasted, judged and valued by tea tasters before offering at auctions. His description of the liquor is based on taste, sight, touch and smell. A taster may deal with several hundred tea samples in a day. In his evaluation, he brings his knowledge and experience of a particular estate to make his conclusions.

Tea Broking

Around one third of all tea auctioned in India is handled by J. Thomas. The company conducts auctions at Kolkata, Guwahati, Siliguri, Cochin, Coonoor, and Coimbatore and has correspondents in all auction centres worldwide: Colombo, Chittagong, Mombasa, Jakarta, Limbe.

Tea Auctions

Advantages to Producers
  • Only forum which enables large volumes of tea to be sold in a short time through competition, a transparent price barometer
  • Exposure to all potential domestic and international markets
  • Facilitates quality control and benchmarking
  • Nominal selling cost
Advantages to Buyers
  • Availability of widest variety under one roof
  • Guaranteed quality
  • Assured Delivery
  • Facilitates forward planning
  • Savings in transportation, storage and operating costs
Advantages to Government
  • Accurate statistical data
  • Collection of sales tax by auctioneers at no cost to Government

Coffee Harvesting

Coffee harvest in India begins from November. Arabica Coffee is harvested first followed by Robusta Coffees and the entire harvesting is completed by end March.

Ripe Cherries are harvested by hand, stripped from the tree with both ripe and over ripe beans. These processes are called selective picking and stripping. To maximize the amount of ripe coffees harvested, it is necessary to selectively pick the ripe coffee beans from the tree by hand and live behind the unripe, green beans to be harvested at a later time.

Coffee Auctions

The Indian Coffee Trade Association (ICTA) was established at Bangalore during Feb 1993 to conduct coffee auctions. J. THOMAS & CO PVT LTD., a member of ICTA has been auctioning coffee from the very first sale held on April 1993, currently auctions are held every Thursdays at the premises of Indian Coffee Board Auction Hall at Bangalore, only cured coffee (Green Beans) of all varieties are offered for sale in our catalogue brought out each week.

Coffees sold in the auction per 50 Kgs price. Prices are based on the New York and London coffee future settlement rates ARABICA Coffee price are based on the New York terminal closing price and ROBUSTA Coffee price are based on the London terminal closing price respectively.

Coffees are offered from all the traditional Southern States producing coffees from Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala, also Non-Traditional areas coffees from Andhra Pradesh and from the North East Region are offered through our catalogue.

Certified Specialty coffee and Organic Coffee are also been offered through our catalogue.

Coffee Producers process and store their coffees in the curing works. Samples are drawn by the Auctioneers and displayed at the auction. Auctioneers charge the seller a fee of 1% of the sale value as selling Brokerage.

All sections of trade Exporters, Roasters and Merchant Traders participate in the weekly auctions and bid for the coffees on offer, as per the quality of coffee samples displayed each lot is knocked down to the highest bidder if the price meets the Auctioneers approval.

How Rubber is Made

Natural rubber is made from the sap of the wild rubber tree. The bark of the tree is 'tapped', this means cutting small slits into the bark, so that the white sap, known as latex, drips out and is caught in collecting cups. Tapping of rubber trees is done by hand. A way of making rubber stronger and more elastic was invented by and Charles Goodyear in 1839. His method was called vulcanizing and it stopped rubber from perishing.

Purchasing Rubber

J. Thomas & Co. Pvt. Ltd. have been purchasing natural rubber for and on behalf of some of the leading Auto tyre manufacturers in India since 1966. As purchasing agents for various clients we negotiate, contract, inspect quality and arrange storage and dispatch of natural rubber stocks as required by our Principals.

We have, over the years acquired an intimate knowledge of natural rubber plantation industry and of the rubber trade and our close familiarity with the needs of the consuming industry make us an ideal source for reliable market information and supplies of natural rubber. We can offer a ready made, well experienced division familiar with the needs of rubber consuming industries and our experience over thirty two years in this particular field and can assure you cost effective and trouble free procurement of natural rubber to meet all requirements. As one of the largest buyers of natural rubber in India we are able to obtain best possible terms for our Principals.

Over the past thirty two years we have purchased natural rubber for and on behalf of Goodyear India Ltd., Ceat Ltd., Firestone Tyres, Modi Rubber ltd., J.K. Industries Ltd., Vikrant Tyres Ltd., Birla Tyres and South Asia Tyres Ltd. and have acquired a close understanding of quality requirements of various consumers we service. Close contacts are maintained with technical and production personnel of our principals through frequent visits. The result of these joint endeavours, we believe, have been successful in evolving innovations such as improved packing methods, optimum grades for various applications etc.,resulting in considerable cost reduction.

We have experienced personnel who are familiar with all aspects of rubber industry. We have also benefited by consultations with various international experts who have visited and advised us on our operations. Currently we are purchasing Agents for Goodyear India Limited, Birla Tyres, J.K. Industries Limited, South Asia Tyres Limited and Bridgestone ACC India ltd.


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