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Tea didn't arrive in Rwanda until 1952. Since then, it has become one of the country's largest exports, particularly from the Gisovu Tea Estate, making Rwanda a famous tea producer.
Its perfect Tea-growing conditions are in part thanks to its rich, fertile, volcanic soil and temperate climate. Much of the country's Tea comes from large plantations, many from within the Nyungwe national park. However, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company support Rwanda Tea cooperatives and private growers where we can.
Many of these boast an extraordinary strength, bright colour and flavour. This is mostly because of the high altitudes (1,800 metres above sea level) in which they grow, which is perfect for a thriving tea industry.
Indeed, around 72% of Rwanda's cultivated Tea-growing land is in mountainous areas. Much of the Tea to come from such regions is Black Tea.
We stock two Rwandan Black Teas. These are Rwanda Rukeri Orange Pekoe and Heritage Hard Water Blend. We pack both of these beverages fresh to order here at our Kent-based factory. This ensures not only quality but also consistency.