Tea is the fourth largest export crop from Tanzania. More than 30,000 smallholder farmers collectively produce a third of the country's output. Harvesting takes place year-round, providing a regular, dependable source of income for farmers. The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company support these farmers with our Tanzanian Tea stocked here.
Tanzania's history with Tea began in 1902. German settlers planted Tea there, then known as German East Africa, at the Agricultural Research Station at Amani, Tanga. By 1904, the Tea had spread out to Kyimbila, Rungwe district, in the Mbeya region. It wasn't until 1926, however, that its commercial potential was fully realised.
Since its independence from colonial powers, it now has these main Tea-growing areas. The Southern Highland Zone, one of the three areas, contains the districts of Mufindi, Njombe and Rungwe. The North East Zone, meanwhile, has Lushoto, Korogwe and Muheza. Finally, there is the North West Zone, home to the Bukoba and Muleba districts. Dar Es Salaam is a commercial port in Tanzania which is also an important part of the Tanzania tea production.
We stock a Broken Orange Pekoe (BOP). This is one of the finest examples of a quality Loose Tea. Like all of our Teas, we pack it fresh to order here at our Kent-based factory. This ensures not only quality but also consistency.