During the Ceylon coffee boom of 1867, a Scottish planter, James Taylor, now known as the “Father of Ceylon Tea” was entrusted with the task of assessing the commercial viability of planting tea, which is now considered the beginning of the tea industry in the country. His success was timely in that the coffee industry was devastated by a blight known as “Devastating Emily”.
On the back of the destruction of coffee, below are the significant events in the tea industry
Tea was first introduced to Sri Lanka in 1824.
Research into Tea Growing began in 1839 at Peradeniya.
He was responsible for creating the 1st “Ceylon Tea” labels
Plants from China were grown at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, Kandy
First commercial production commenced in 1867 by James Taylor – Father of Ceylon Tea
First small scale manufacture began in 1841 at Rothschild Estate.
Subsequently larger consignments were shipped to Mincing Lane for auctioning.
The 1st small packages of Ceylon Tea were exported to
England in August 1875.
First public auction in Ceylon was held in 1883.
20 acres (8 ha) was planted at Loolecondera Estate
Tea is one of the most enjoyed beverages worldwide. Steeped in history, every step from leaf to cup takes skill and dedication to produce the perfect cup.
The manufacturing of tea is a lengthy process. Tea processing can be counted as one of the methods in which the tea leaves of camellia sinensis plant are dried and made ready for brewing. There are many different stages involved and each stage has been undertaken perfectly to preserve the flavour, quality and aroma of tea. Click here to explore the journey from tea bush to tea cup