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History of Ceylon Tea

The Fine Art of Tea

The story of tea in Sri Lanka begins over two hundred years ago, when the country was still under British rule.

Taylor was made its manager within five-years as Ceylon went on to become the world’s largest coffee producer by 1860. Despite the successes of coffee, the owners of Loolecondera suggested to Taylor that he experiment with tea.
A Story of Tea
History of Ceylon Tea
History of Ceylon Tea

The First Tea Plant

In 1824 a tea plant was first brought to Ceylon by the British from China and was planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya for non-commercial purposes.
History of Ceylon Tea

The Father of Ceylon Tea

James Taylor, hailing from Scotland, is the acknowledged “father” of Ceylon Tea. He arrived in Ceylon in 1852 and was sent to Loolecondera Estate, a coffee plantation in the Kandy District.

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