Explore Teas of Other Countries

These countries produce teas, some of which are becoming quite well-known to tea aficionados:

Argentina
Azerbaijan
Borneo
Brazil
Burundi
Cameroon
Congo
Ethiopia
Georgia (the country)
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia*
Mauritius*
Mozambique
Myanmar*
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
South Africa
South Korea*
Tanzania
Uganda
United Kingdom
United States
Zaire
Zimbabwe

*Info to be added as time allows
Page last updated 23 September 2018


Casa Fuentes is the largest tea estate company in Argentina and is based in the Province of Misiones. They produce about 27 million kgs of black tea yearly and led the way in exporting this tea style to North America (about 90% of their total production is exported).

They own and operate over 2,000 hectares of tea plantations and five factory sites for processing, grading, blending, packing, and storing tea. They were acquired by Finlays a few years ago, providing a platform for Research and Development, New Product Development, and Innovation in delivering custom specific tea blends.

Tea time is fairly common in Argentina and often fashioned after the British style. The Ty Gwyn (Welsh for “white house”) tea room in Patagonia, Argentina, is a must visit:

We could find no tea vendors with tea from Argentina available to buy (mainly sell the non-tea yerba mate). If you can find any, please let us know through our Contact Page.


Serving tea is a sign of hospitality. Black tea is typical, often served with fig, strawberry, apricot, walnut, blackberry, and other jams. Some teas are spiced with cinnamon, cardamom leaves, or ginger. Tea drinkers dunk a piece of sugar in the tea, then bite it and sip their tea.

Tea is served continuously when there are guests in the house or when there is good conversation going. It is also served at many occasions, including birthdays, weddings, and funerals.

Azerbaijanis enjoy tea any time of the day or night, being part of the social lifestyle in Azerbaijan. Tea houses (“chaykhanas”) are common sights. More info

About tea growing in Azerbaijan

We could find no tea vendors with tea from Azerbaijan available to buy. If you can find any, please let us know through our Contact Page.


The third-largest island in the world and the largest in Asia. Politically divided among three countries:

– Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak states) – Approximately 26% of the island territory. See tea info
– Brunei, a sovereign state – Approximately 1% of the island territory.
– Indonesia – Approximately 73% of the island territory. See tea info

The Malaysian federal territory of Labuan is situated on a small island just off the coast of Borneo.


Coffee is the top hot beverage in Brazil. Mate (aka Yerba Mate) is also enjoyed widely here (some vendors mistakenly label it as “tea”).

Tea cultivation in Brazil began in 1812 and did well until the tea trade collapsed around 1888. In the 1920’s, some immigrants from Japan brought seeds from Sri Lanka and India to plant. Tea growing peaked in the 1970s.

Tea is mostly grown near the coastal city of Registro. It is on the Brazilian Highlands, consisting of low rolling hills ideal for mechanized tea production but at a lower elevation than most tea gardens and therefore producing a less flavorful tea.

Yamamotoyama (a Japanese style tea garden)

Most of the tea produced is used in blends, adding bulk to more expensive teas. About 70% of the total tea production being sold to the United States. Brazilian green tea is enjoying success. New plantations in the southern state of Paraná are steadily increasing their production of green tea.

We could find no tea vendors with tea from Brazil available to buy. If you can find any, please let us know through our Contact Page.


Coffee is the top export, but tea is catching up.

A lot of the tea is a blend, especially with those from their neighbor Rwanda. Both countries are small and landlocked.

Burundi tea production spiked up from about 7,000 tons in 1999 to over 44,000 in 2001 and have remained in that range ever since.

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Tea growing in Cameroon is an iffy business. The Cameroon Tea Estate seems to have gone out of business. The Ndawara estate, though, seems to be thriving, and owner Baba Ahmadou Danpullo is said to be the richest person in Cameroon. Even so, we could not find any of their products for sale online.

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The Congo offers much better soil and climatic conditions for the manufacture of high quality tea leaf than Uganda and far fewer business choking regulations than Rwanda. However, in general Africa has many advantages, including an abundant supply of manpower, good terrain and climatic conditions, and a relatively stable cropping pattern when compared to that of India.

Great Lakes Plantations owns the M’bayo and Madaga tea estates in Bukavu, which is only 35km from neighbouring Rwanda. The company is a subsidiary of an Indian company (MK Shah Exports Ltd.) , which has 12 tea gardens in Assam and Bengal, India. They bought the estates in March 2014 from a local company; the estates were originally planted by a Belgian company. The estates cover 1,500 hectares of land and have two factories. They also grow timber and harvest bark from cinchona trees (the bark is used to make quinine that is a treatment for malaria).

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Tea is mostly grown in the highland dense forest regions. The land is fertile, meaning that the use of fertilizer is very minimal and saving tea growers that expense. Labor is abundant and cheap and applied to manual weeding, instead of chemical weeding. So, Ethiopian tea is increasingly sought for its aroma and natural flavors.

Coffee is a major crop there, and there is a lot of coffee drinking. However, tea is also very popular. Even children drink it (at breakfast with bread). Caffeine in tea is relatively very low and therefore poses no risk. Adults tend to enjoy tea in the afternoon. It can be very soothing and yet a bit invigorating.

Ethiopian Tea Recipe

Similar to an Indian chai without the milk. Prepare the liquid first:

  • 1 tsp. whole green cardamoms
  • 2 tsp. whole cloves
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon sticks, broken
  • ½ tsp. minced ginger (optional)
  • 3 cups water

Put all ingredients in a kettle and boil on a medium high heat for about 10 minutes.

Then, use this spiced water to steep your tea. Place a tea bag in a cup and pour the hot water into the cup. Steep 5-6 minutes. Add honey or sugar (optional), stir, and enjoy!


The start of tea growing in Georgia began in the early 19th century. Prince Mamia V. Gurieli began growing Camellia sinensis in his botanical garden. Prince Miha Eristavi smuggled seeds from China and established the first tea plantation in 1847. He recognized west Georgia’s climate was ideal for these plants. In 1864, he presented his tea at the All-Russian Agricultural Exhibition but was not taken seriously.

By 1892, tea was being taken seriously there by a Russian tea merchant named Konstantin Popov. He started with about 300 hectares in the Adjaran village of Chakvi. He and a Chinese tea specialist, Lau Dzhen Dzhau, from the Zhejiang province in China went into very serious production. Seven years later they won a gold medal at the Paris World Expo and garnered the attention of the Russian royal family. After the Soviet revolution, though, it was those Soviets who pushed tea cultivation. In the mid-1980s, Georgia was the fourth largest tea exporter in the world with 60,000 hectares bringing in a whopping 152,000 tons of tea. The quality, though, was sacrificed in the name of quantity. After the USSR collapsed, tea fields went to weeds and tea factories became sources of much-needed scrap metal.

Tea growing in Georgia is still recovering from the Soviet era. Near Zugdidi in west Georgia there is a rust bucket factory wheezing its last from that era. It still produces tea dust that is sold to Lipton for their teabags. During the Soviet era, this and other tea was sold primarily within the SSRs. In 1992, with the downfall of the USSR, that changed. And tea production began declining rapidly. Guria or Adjara or even Imereti were other tea growing regions that are now agrarian relics.

Today, the Georgian Organic Tea Producers Association is trying to bring the industry back. Sadly, they took the organic route, hampering themselves before they can even get started. The Hangzhou Wanhu Tea Co Ltd. sells famous Chinese black teas and has expanded its business quickly into Georgia. They now own more than 200 hectares of tea plantations in Georgia with more plantations expected in the next few years.


Madagascar produces about 500 tons of tea per year, approximately 0.01% of the global market; 80% is exported to Kenya and in Mombasa where is the biggest auction of tea in the world, the big brands such as Lipton and other European and American buyers establish the market price.

The history of tea cultivation here dates back to 1970 when they started the first attempts to grow the seedlings brought from Kenya. The altitude, the humid climate, the favorable conditions, and the hard work of farmers result in tea that is grown very well. Today, plantations occupy approximately 350 acres and a third is managed directly by the farmers. In 1978 the first state-owned factory opened; in 1996 it was privatized and continued to produce excellent tea.

The town of Sahambavy is at 4,100 feet (1,250 meters) elevation there are rolling green hills that stretch to the horizon; regular designs from the small tea leaves, small lakes, and rice paddies can be seen in the distance.

In the Sahambavy tea garden around 250 people harvest by hand every day only the leaves that have reached the right point, put them in baskets, and bring them to the collection center. It takes about 5 kg of leaves to produce 1 kg of tea. The maximum harvest takes place from October to April where it could be as much as 20 tons per day. Sahambavy tea is requested on the international market for its quality. The infusion has a very nice amber color with an intense flavor and aroma, a strong full-bodied black Tea which is good combined with milk and brown sugar or honey, as do the locals. It’s also very good added with Madagascar Vanilla that makes it more smooth and balanced, NatureMadagascar offers also a blend made exclusively with Sahambavy Tea and Bourbon Vanilla of top quality cut into small pieces, absolutely not to be confused with the vanilla flavored Tea that can be found on the market where the aroma of vanilla is given by synthetic vanillin.

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Malawai was the first country in Africa to begin growing tea. They started in the 1880s in Mulanje. They were also the first in Africa to adopt the cloning method of estate refurbishment. Today, tea exports annually amounts to around 31,000 tons, about 1.7% share of world exports. The teas have a superb color and brightness and feature in many leading British tea brands, blending with teas from other countries.

The Thyolo Region is one of the tea-growing districts in the country. Rolling hills are covered in tea bushes, and a granite outcrop dominates the skyline to the east. Lujeri Tea Estates Ltd. is a key tea producer there. They grow and process high quality tea on their estates under the imposing Mount Mulanje, the highest point in Malawi.

Lujeri Tea Estates Ltd.

PluckerGrows and processes high quality tea on its estates under the imposing Mount Mulanje the highest point in Malawi. Tea was first planted in the late 19th century on the estate, which was at various times owned by Lyons, Brook Bond, and Unilever before being acquired by the present owners, the London based PGI Group Ltd, in 1996.


Malaysia is a federation of 13 states and three federal territories spread across Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia.

The 13 states are based on old time Malay kingdoms. Nine of the 11 Peninsular states retain their royal families.

Restrictions on using their natural resources for the benefit of people there and to raise their standard of living have been imposed by outside groups. Sorry, but tourism does not bring in nearly as much wealth as lumber and other industries.

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Mozambique is located on the southeastern coast of Africa. Bantu-speaking people, along with Swahili and Arabs, migrated into this area between the first and fifth centuries until the Portuguese explorer, Vasco de Gama, arrived in 1498 and Portugal colonized it in 1505. They finally gained their independence in 1975.

Tea growing started in 1920 and suffered heavily due to civil war. The industry had three areas: Milanje, Tacunae, and Gurue. Currently, 2,000 hectares are under tea, producing about 1.8 million kg per year. About 90% of the tea produced in Mozambique is exported from the country, mostly to the UK and The Netherlands.

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In the very early 1900s, some Assam jat (plant cultivar) tea seeds were brought into Brisbane from Malaysia and cultivated in the botanical gardens there. In the 1930s, the Australian Administration of Papua New Guinea, Department of Agriculture, brought some of these seeds to an emerging experimental station in Garina in the Morobe Province, a remote and uninhabited area which has not changed very much over the years. In the early 1950s, the Department of Agriculture built a small tea factory there, as an extension of its experimental operations; the factory still exists. From time to time, it manufactures small amounts of tea sold as “Garina tea” for local consumption.

Bobby Gibbs, an early coffee plantation settler and pilot of repute, was the first recorded tea planter in the Western Highlands of the country. This was never developed into a commercial venture. An experimental station was being established in the Western Highlands at a small settlement called Kuk, using seeds probably brought there from Garina. M. Bucknell had a mixed farm called Moitemp on the North Wahgi swamp and had also planted tea but never developed it into an established tea estate. His seed bearing plants provided much of the later planting material in the Highlands.

Tom Ellis was appointed as district commissioner of the Western Highlands Province in the 1960s. He saw that the land was plentiful, the climate was good, and that the tribes nearby who owned the land had no means of developing it. The administration bought a lot of this land for resettlement blocks, growing Arabica coffee, and most of all for growing tea.

The first planters were Ivor Manton and family from Australia, and their estate was called Warrawau, just a few miles outside Mount Hagen. His sons developed Tigi and Kuri tea estates. All were planted with the original Assam jat tea seeds, grown at Garina and flown in by plane. In 1962-63, David Bennet at Kurumul Estate and, in 1964, W.R. Carpenter & Co. Estates (Kudjip, Kindeng, and Aviamp) were planted with Garina and Moitemp seeds. John Colman planted part of his Madan Estate with tea, and A.N.G. Corp. developed tea on their Bunum Wo Estate at the same time as Carpenters. A small tea estate called Paraguai was developed on the border of the Western Highlands and Southern Highlands by three Australian partners. In the late 1960s and early 1970s the Pugam tea estate was opened up by Dick Hagon, and Minjigina was established by Pioneer Concrete. From 1968 to 1974, the Department of Agriculture planted and developed two acres of tea gardens for hundreds of farmers who had resettled on state-purchased lands in the Wahgi Valley. However, these no longer exist – the tea fields are now choked with weeds. The last tea plantings were done in the mid 1970s but have now been abandoned. Some have changed hands a few times, but the Carpenters’ stays intact.

To date, only two large groups and one small privately owned tea estate survive, with only 2,800 hectares under tea in the entire country – about half of what was originally planted. All are situated in the Western Highlands. Carpenters Estates (Kudjip, Kindeng, Aviamp, and Bunum Wo) total approximately 1,800 hectares of seedling tea and are in the Wahgi Valley at an elevation of 5,000 ft. The other large tea grower is Warren Plantations, which has about 1,000 hectares of tea on seven estates spread around the province. All the tea is grown unshaded and many forms of mechanical harvesters have been developed by both Carpenters and Warrens. Some are still used today, alongside the small number of hand pickers. There are six factories operating, four owned by W.R. Carpenters and two by Warrens.

There are no auctions in Papua New Guinea, so teas are forward sold on contract, containerized on the estates, and shipped door-to-door to many countries all over the world. The teas are becoming quite sought after in some countries for blending in value-added packs. The main markets for Papua New Guinea teas are Australia, the U.S., South Africa, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and the U.K.

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Tea growing started around 1952 and has increased in economic importance. Tea is currently the country’s 2nd largest traditional export crop. Tea marketing is mostly done by state owned companies.

Tea is cultivated mainly on large plantations, owned and managed by about a dozen tea factories that process the leaves into black tea. The area under tea production is about 15,000ha. A relatively small number of tea cooperatives and private growers sell their leaves to the tea factories. The tea production has increased from 5,414 tons in 1995   to over 23,000 tons in by 2010.

Main tea producing areas:

  • Kibuye
  • Rubavu
  • Gikongoro
  • Cyangugu
  • Byumba
  • Butera
  • Gicumbi
  • Nyaruguru
  • Rusizi
  • Musanze
  • Gisakula
  • Rubaya
  • Nyamasheke

Growers’ challenges:

  • Unable to meet reasonable demands for collateral in exchange for the bank risking depositors’ money to lend to them.
  • Unable to gain sufficient access to extension and advisory services.
  • High costs of transport to export locations.
  • Tea yields are low compared to other tea producing countries.
  • Pressure from outside organizations to force expensive and useless certifications on them as well as demanding higher cost and more labor intensive forms of farming where pesticides and herbicides cannot be used and where workers have to perform the task of weeding and removing pests by hand.

Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd. Tea Estates/Factories:

This company is the key player among tea growers in Rwanda. They cave completely to demands by outside groups that make unreasonable demands on agricultural businesses, requiring expensive certifications, blocking off tracts of land for “bio-diversity,” forbidding the use of labor-saving and totally safe pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, etc.

  • Nyabihu Tea Estate – part of the Rubaya-Nyabihu Tea Co. (Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd. acquired majority shares in 2006). In the Western Province, Nyabihu District. 2,400 meters elevation; 1,043.54 hectares of tea plantations and staff houses. Produces its own leaves and buys some from other tea farmers, makes some of the best black CTC tea in the region.
  • Rubaya Tea Estate – part of the Rubaya-Nyabihu Tea Co.; Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd. acquired the majority shares in 2006. In the Western Province, Ngororero District. Tea bushes are grown on high volcanic soils. Regular and abundant rains most of the year round. The estate buys 30 % of its green leaf from 1,280 village tea growers grouped under the Cotragagi Cooperative.
  • Kitabi Tea Co. Ltd. (KTC) – became part of Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd. in 2009. In the Southern Province, Nyamagabe District, at 2,300 meters above sea level. Produces award-winning CTC and dust form black teas. Received the Supplier of the Year 2017 prize from Taylors of Harrogate.
  • Rutsiro Tea Factory – in the Rutsiro District. Rwanda Mountain Tea Ltd. obtained 100% of the company’s shares in 2012. Tea out-growers in Rutsiro have over 1,000 hectares of tea plantations. Factory completed in 2014 and full processing of tea began. Teas are black CTC tea and orthodox black and green tea.
  • Gatare Tea Factory – a new processing factory in the Western Province scheduled to open in 2018, projected to produce 1,200 tons of tea via a single CTC line that has been installed. Relies on tea out-growers for green leaf supply.

The tea areas in South Africa are situated below 25°S latitude, in northern Transvaal, Natal, Zululand and Transeki regions. Elevation of the tea areas ranges from 600 to 1,000 meters. As in other African countries, the terrain of the land is fairly flat. Rainfall varies from 1,000 to 1,500 mm with a dry spell between May and early August. The maximum temperature is 20-27°C, and the minimum temperature is 8-17°C. Crop distribution is uneven.

Please note: Rooibos (redbush) comes from here also but is not a tea and is not related to the Camellia sinensis plant.


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This tea growing country is on the east coast of Africa. Tea planting is said to have been begun around 1920 by Germans in the Usambara Mountains. Today, tea is grown in East and West Usambara (800-1,400m), Mufindi, Lupende (1,600-1,900 m) and Tukuyu (900-2,000m). Since 1980 no significant increase in the area under tea growing has occurred and production and productivity have also not grown. There are 21,212 hectares under tea planting, producing 24 million kg (26,455.464 tons) annually.

Almost half of this tea (11,000 tons) is produced by Rift Valley Tea at their three tea estates and factories:

  • Itona
  • Luponde – Over 2,000 meters above sea level, the highest elevation tea growing region in the country. 742 hectares. 1,600 tons of processed tea per year. CTC, orthodox, black, green.
  • Kibena – purchased by a subsidiary, Mufindi Tea Co., in 2008. In the Njombe district at 1,700 meters above sea level. 730 hectares of clonal tea, fully irrigated and machine harvested. A modern tea processing unit, capable of handling over 3,500 tons of made tea per annum. Strong supporter of smallholder tea producers, purchases over 4,500 tons of green leaf per annum.

The Ikanga Lupembe factory has a total capacity of 3,000 tons of made tea per annum. They have a close relationship with shareholders to ensure that all parties benefit from the success of the business.

Another big player in the Tanzanian tea market is Tanzania Tea Packers Limited (TATEPA). They are a holding company and through their subsidiary Wakulima Tea Company Limited are primarily engaged in growing, processing, blending, marketing and distribution of tea. Their subsidiary Rungwe Avocado Company Limited grows and processes avocados.


Tea cultivation started in the 1920s and grew the 1960s. In the 1970s, the expatriates who were planted and managed the tea estates had to leave the country. In the 1980s a change of government resulted in the tea estates being given back to the expatriates. Many of the abandoned tea gardens have been reclaimed. There are 21,000 hectares planted in tea and produce about 10,000 metric tones of tea per year, with about 90% of it being exported.

Tea is an important cash crop for small farmers, raising their social-economic condition and employing a lot of people. In fact, tea is so important that the government formed the Uganda Tea Growers Corporation (UTGC) to support tea growers, especially the small-scale ones. They help with access to credit, education about tea quality, extension services and training, setting up and operating tea factories, supplying tea nurseries and seedlings, and constructing and maintaining roads for transporting greenleaf (the freshly harvested tea leaves) to factories.

Tea growing areas are Lake Victoria Crescent in the districts of Mukono, Mubende, Mityana, Masaka and Wakiso; Lower Slopes of Rwenzori Mountains in Kabarole District; Western Rift Valley in the districts of Bushenyi, Kyenjojo, Kibaale, Hoima and Kanungu; Rukungiri; Kisoro; Mbarara; and Nebbi /Zewu.

The tea factories for the smallholder tea farmers are Igara Tea Factory in the Bushenyi District, Kayonza Tea Factory in the Kanungu District, Mpanga Tea Factory in the Kabarole District, and Mabale Tea Factory in the Kyenjojo District.

The tea factories for the big holder teams are Dayalbhai Madanji Inv. Co. Ltd in Kampala, Eagle Investments Ltd in Jinja, Hoppers Tea Company Ltd in Kampala, Kijura Tea Estate in Fortportal, Kinkizi Development Co. Ltd in Kampala, Madhvani Group of Companies (Tea Division) in Kampala, McLeod Russell (U) Ltd in Kampala, Mpanga Group Tea Factory in Fortportal, Namayiba Tea Estate Ltd in Kampala, Rusekere Growers Tea Factory Ltd. in Forportal, Rwenzori Commodity Ltd in Kampala, Samaliya (Kiganja)Tea Estate in Kampala, Toro & Mityana Tea Co. Ltd (TAMTECO) in Kampala, and Uganda Tea Corporation(UTC) in Kampala.

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Tea has been grown at Tregothnan, Cornwall, in England since 2000.

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We have had an unverified report that their output is rather low and limited. Not all teas on their site are grown in their garden. So we advise you to proceed with care and read the fine print if you want the tea they grow. But we have also heard that the tea is very worthwhile trying. They also produce honey and hold tea classes.

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In your exploration of teas of the world, don’t miss out on those grown in the U.S.A. One tea plantation is fairly well-known, but others have been gaining well-deserved attention in the arena of tea.

Side note: A lot of “tea growers” in the U.S. grow plants other than the tea plant (Camellia sinensis). They were not included in this list.

Charleston Tea Plantation in South Carolina

The Charleston Tea Plantation, now a popular tourist destination.
The Charleston Tea Plantation, now a popular tourist destination.

On about 127 acres; about 20 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina. The tea plants (Camellia sinensis) are direct descendants of Dr. Shepard’s 1888 crop. The leaves are machine harvested and processed as black and green teas, some are flavored. They are sold as American Classic teas.

Hawaiian Grown Teas

Some small growers have formed collectives and sell their teas through larger companies who often do the processing. Other growers process the teas they grow and sell them directly to customers. White, green, oolong, and black teas are produced.

A sample of each type:

  • Forest White — Grown at 4,000 feet elevation in the rainforest of Kilauea volcano. Only the top bud and two leaves are plucked and processed for this tea. The leaves are long, loose and downy. The liquid is rich clear golden with a that’s floral, sweet flavor.
  • Volcano Green — Grown at 4,000 feet elevation in the rainforest of Kilauea volcano. Pan-fired green tea, exotic aroma, pure flavor. Pale golden green liquid with a lingering fresh taste.
  • Mauka Oolong — Grown at 3,600 feet elevation near the summit of Kilauea Volcano. Infuses a sophisticated, delicate, pale yellow liquid. Flavor is flinty, crisp, smooth, cooling, mild tropical notes of green papaya and honey.
  • Makai Black — Grown at 900 feet elevation. Handcrafted with both sinensis and assamica leaves that infuse a crystalline amber liquid. Flavor is smooth, refined, no astringency or bitterness. Crisp, yields delicate notes of caramel, barley malt with hints of chocolate, and a slight taste of roasted sweet potato.

A couple of Hawaii teas we’ve tried that were big disappointments (top row is a white tea, bottom row is a green tea):

Minto Island Growers, Oregon

Chris (left) and Elizabeth, tea pioneers

Minto Island Growers, a farm run by Chris and Elizabeth on the edge of Minto Brown Island Park in South Salem, at an elevation of a mere 210 feet above sea level, has been fairly successful at growing tea. The tea crop, first planted by Rob Miller of Mt. Jefferson Farms on the same property, has been grown for more than 25 years. Their teas are only available when the tea plants are flushing.

Check their site often for updates.

Sakuma Brothers Farm, Washington State

Sakuma Brothers Farm, a large farming operation focused on growing various fruits from strawberries to raspberries, now have a tea venture in partnership with John Vendeland (his tea experiments in Hawaii did not pan out). This time, he saw success growing tea in the rich alluvial soil of Washington State’s Skagit Valley at an elevation of several thousand feet — a fabulous tea growing environment. The farm, owned and run by Japanese Americans now in their third generation, produces a green tea, a black tea, and an oolong tea. Each tea is acclaimed as being flavorful representations of their respective types.

Tea shows as a product on their site – Contact them to ask about availability.

Fairhope Tea Plantation, Alabama

The owner, Donnie Barrett, traveled several times to China to tour some of the farms and, acting as a casual tourist, asked the right questions and enough of them to figure out the tricks to growing tea. Then, he and his wife hired a man from China to be the family cook. From him Donnie learned even more about growing and harvesting tea. While he tea is said by visitors to be quite flavorful, he does not grow enough to be commercially viable.

Golden Feather Tea, California

Mike Fritts of Golden Feather Tea
Mike Fritts of Golden Feather Tea

Growing your own tea has become a pastime in the U.S. and usually for personal enjoyment and experimentation. Mike Fritts in California is one such grower (owner of Golden Feather Tea).

We wish them all success, and if you have a chance to try these teas, please let us know in a comment here.


While Zaire is listed as a tea growing country,  there is scant evidence of it online. The gardens are said to be small. And we could find no tea vendors selling teas from there.

If you know of any, please let us know here.


Tea growing using seeds from Assam tea plants in India was first attempted here in 1924 on the New Year’s Gift tea estate in Chipinge district of the Eastern Highlands. In the 1960s tea growing went to commercial levels, produced a good quality tea. Chipinge remains one of the main tea-growing regions. Honde Valley is the other, in the southeast part of the country.

Cold Winters mean a period of dormancy. The tea bushes are pruned back in the Fall before any freezing can occur. The tea estates are large and mostly mechanized. They produce black tea used mostly in blending for tea bags by firms in the United Kingdom. The tea has a full flavor and infuses a colorful liquid.

Taganda Tea

A major tea estate in the country, selling these tea styles/brands:

Special Blend
Tanganda
Joko
Tanganda Tips
Stella
Fresh Leaves
Silver
Earl Grey
Tanganda Healthi Green Tea

The Taganda Tea Lounge in the Meikles Hotel:

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Eastern Highlands Plantations Ltd.

Located in the Honde Valley of the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, Eastern Highlands Plantations has been producing tea for over 60 years. More info

We could find no vendors with tea from this grower available to buy. If you can find any, please let us know through our Contact Page.


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