Ravi is a Tea taster with 35 years of experience in the Tea industry, of which almost 20 years being associated in the management of tea estates/gardens, and Tea processing, on plantations in Sri Lanka, covering Nursery management and tea planting field works, pre and post harvesting practices and tea production. From Planting, to Marketing of teas & Overseas Business Development, Buying teas from the tea auctions, and from origin, and developing blends and standards to meet foreign client requirements, Ravi has travelled to many countries across the Middle East, Europe and East Asia to market and sell teas and offer advice in development of client specifics and needs.
He was a consultant in a leading conglomerate in Turkey, with the role of developing tea standards for their brand, and also being an adviser to tea producers in the Black Sea region on leaf styles and quality of teas produced. Ravi was also actively involved in the Spice trade, and also served on the Management Board of the Sri Lanka Spice Association for many years.
Ravi currently serves on the Board of Directors, of the Tea & Herbal Association of Canada, on the board of the World Tea Expo, and is a Tea competition Judge and a panellist for Foodservice Tea Grading certifications.
Ravi is accredited with an Advanced Diploma in Plantation Management awarded by the National Institute of Plantation Management in Sri Lanka, a Tea Sommelier, certified by the Tea Academy of Canada, and is a certified “Tea Specialist” and “Tea Professional” conferred by the World Tea Academy (USA).