Tea Origins

Where does tea come from?

Here are some of the largest and most famous tea growing countries of the world, with fascinating rich tea history, an abundance of expertise, and well established standards of production.

  • The largest tea producing countries are China that delivers 36% of world’s tea crop, India (23%), Kenya (8%), and Sri Lanka (6%). All together, they yield approximately three quarters of the world’s tea.

  • Taiwan is worthy of a special note here. This region is famous for its Formosa Oolongs. ‘Formosa’, meaning ‘beautiful’, was what Portuguese explorers named the island of Taiwan in the 16th century.
  • Japanese green teas are unique and special, but rare and therefore pricey. The Japanese produce only about 2% of the world’s tea or 10% of the world’s green tea and leave most of it for themselves. Less than 2% of the precious Japanese tea is available for export.
  • Rooibos is native and unique to Cederberg region of South Africa. To be precise, Rooibos is not a tea since it is not made from the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis. Rooibos is an herb, Aspalathus Linearis, with needle-like leaves. It has been consumed in South Africa for ages and now is making quite a splash all over the world.

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Tea from China

Chinese Green Tea

Chinese Green Tea

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Chinese Oolong

Chinese Oolong

Meet the Oolong family Chinese Oolong (wulong) is a favorite among discerning ...
Chinese Black Tea

Chinese Black Tea

Black tea is called Hong Cha, red tea, in Chinese. Traditionally, only green ...
Pu-erh Tea

Pu-erh Tea

Poo – what? Proper, authentic pu-erh tea (pronounced “poo-air”) comes only ...

Tea from India

Indian Black Tea

Indian Black Tea

India is traditionally known to produce some of the finest black teas in the ...
Indian Green Tea

Indian Green Tea

  Indian Green Tea. Why is it special? Have you ever tried Indian green ...
Indian Oolong Tea

Indian Oolong Tea

Indian Oolong is a relatively new type of tea. Tea evolves. In the age ...

Tea from Japan

Japanese Green Tea

Japanese Green Tea

Japanese Green Tea. Why is it special? Most types of Japanese green tea are ...
Sencha

Sencha

What is Sencha tea? Sencha green tea is the most popular and beloved tea ...
Gyokuro

Gyokuro

What is Gyokuro green tea? A very special (and pricey) Japanese green tea. ...
Genmaicha

Genmaicha

What is Genmaicha tea? Genmaicha tea is made by blending traditional Japanese ...
Matcha

Matcha

Do you like matcha green tea? Do you love it as matcha as I do? Matcha green ...
Hojicha

Hojicha

What is Hojicha? Hojicha is Japanese roasted green tea. At some point of tea ...
Kukicha

Kukicha

What is Kukicha tea? Kukicha ("Twig tea") is a blend of tea leaves (Sencha or ...

Tea from Taiwan

Tea from all over the World

Ceylon Black Tea

Ceylon Black Tea

Ceylon black tea is one of the country's specialties. It has a crisp aroma ...
Herbal tea. Tisanes

Herbal tea. Tisanes

What are tisanes? Herbal teas, also known as tisanes, are beverages prepared ...
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