Tea from Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka developed a tea industry on what was first a coffee empire. In the 1880s when the region was colonized by Great Britain, the coffee plantations were key to the economy. As the coffee industry began to fall, Sri Lanka found its way to recover. Familiar with the importance of Assam in India, Sri Lanka developed a productive tea industry and is now known for growing fine Ceylon teas. The industry started with one plant, imported from China in the 1820s. Sri Lanka now runs a $1.5 billion industry.

This organic black tea that originates from Sri Lanka is a treasure in the Fraser Tea catalogue. Ceylon teas are celebrated in Sri Lanka, and the variety of tea celebrates 150 years in 2017.