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History of Ceylon Tea

The story of Ceylon tea begins over two hundred years ago, when Sri Lanka, was still a British colony. Although coffee was the dominant crop during this time, it was not destined to succeed in Ceylon as the coffee plantations were struck by Hemileia Vostatrix, better known as coffee leaf disease towards the close of the 1860’s. As the coffee crop died, planters switched to the production and cultivation of tea.

In the year 1840 a Scotsman by the name of James Taylor read about Ceylon, the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” and the opportunities existing there for growing tea. A perfectionist by nature, Taylor experimented with tea cultivation and leaf manipulation in order to obtain the best possible flavour from the tea leaves when he moved to the hill country area of Ceylon. Taylor’s methods were imitated by other planters and soon, Ceylon Tea was being favourably received by buyers worldwide, proving that tea could be a profitable plantation crop.

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  • Ceylon Tea

    Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka known as the best tea in the world has its natural unique uniqueness and reputation running through more than a century. The tea sector in Sri Lanka has always been a vital part of its economy. For over a century Ceylon Tea has been the best tea throughout the world since its unique characteristics, flavors and aromas, dependent on a myriad of climatic conditions, plantation environments and elevation.

  • Green Tea

    There are three main varieties of tea, green, black, and oolong. The difference between the teas is in their processing. Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and supposedly contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. So it is noted that green tea has many health benefits. Olinda green tea with its fragrant and delicate taste is also available in packets for those who prefer to drink green tea the traditional way.

  • Black Tea

    Black tea is an esteemed classic throughout the world. Because of the fermentation process, black tea is usually richer in color, more penetrating in flavor, and has a higher percentage of caffeine compared to other teas. For those who prefer milder flavors, you can add a dash of honey, cream, or soymilk for a truly delightful sipping experience.

  • Sri lanka Tea

    Tea Production in Srilanka, formerly Ceylon, is of high importance to the Sri Lankan economy and the world market. Sri lanka is the world's fourth largest exporter of tea and the industry is one of the country's main sources of foreign exchange and a significant source of income for the country.

  Eswaran Brothers (Pvt) Ltd is the leading quality tea supplier in Sri Lanka. Visit our online shopping cart to buy Fresh Ceylon Tea, Healthy Green Tea, Black Tea and Flavored Tea. Enjoy the best flavors of Ethical Silk Road Tea recipes with our wide range of tea bags.

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