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About Tea


Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world after water and the British drink about 165 million cups daily, of which 96% is from tea bags. They are the largest per capita drinking nation after the Republic of Ireland. China is the largest producer, 1,359,000 tonnes, followed by India, 979,000 tonnes (2009 production).

Tea comes from the evergreen plant Camellia sinensis. It grows mainly in tropical and sub-tropical climates and prefers acidic soils. It is believed that high-quality tea plants are cultivated at elevations of over 1,500 meters (4,900ft). At these heights the plants grow slowly acquiring a better flavour and if left, they will grow up to 16 meters (52ft). However cultivated plants are kept at waist height for ease of picking.

A tea’s type is determined by how it is produced and processed; black, green, white and oolong. Herbal teas, like camomile, peppermint and lemon verbena, contain no actual tea.

Most teas sold in the West are blends, with well known English Breakfast normally being a combination of Indian, Sri Lankan and Kenyan teas. This is one of the many reasons Luponde Tea is unusual. All our tea and herbs come from one estate in Tanzania.