An African tea gatherer - tea plantation

Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world. Making tea can be a sophisticated ritual or ceremony and it has become an integral part of many cultures, especially in Asia.

Tea plants are mainly cultivated in tropical and sub-tropical climates with a minimum annual rainfall of 45 to 50 inches (1,140 to 1,270 millimeters) — areas that are also home to tropical and sub-tropical forest ecosystems rich in biodiversity.

According to Food and Agriculture Organization statistics, in 2008, the total areas of tea production in China, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Indonesia — the five leading countries in tea cultivation in the world — reached more than 2 million hectares.

As the number of tea consumers continues to grow, the challenge is to produce tea that is good for human health, but not harmful to ecosystem biodiversity.

 

More info about the ways of processing and producing tea coming soon…


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