Day 9: The Kandyan Tea Plantation

The history of Ceylon Tea  

We all know Ceylon is Sri Lanka, and Ceylon Tea is really famous in the world. A tea plant was brought to Ceylon by the British, they got the tea from China first, and then they started to plant tea in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya. At first, they didn’t treat this as a commerical trade.  Futhermore, people started to bring tea plants from India and kept bringing tea to Ceylon.  People found out Ceylon is a really good place to plant tea plants.  James Taylor had a really important influence of the tea plantation. He introduced commercial tea plantation in Ceylon.  In 1866, he went to India, and started to learn the basic skills of planting tea.  When he back to Ceylon, he started the plantation in Kandy where we visited those days. (Qianwen [Caroline] Lu)

The tea cultivation increased dramatically during the 1880’s and by 1888 the tea plantations were more extensive than the coffee’s. The demand of tea increased, therefore coffee stores were rapidly converted into tea factories.
By 1980 sri lankan tea was globally known becoming the official supplier of tea at Moscow summer Olympic games.
Today we had the pleasure to visit a tea plantation in the city of Kandy. At the tea plantation we learnt about the processes that this type of plant has to go through in order to create various types of tea. It is amazing how one plant can make more than 8 types of tea with different flavors and textures. (Natalia Calcaneo)

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