Ceylon Orange Pekoe Uva
Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Our Ceylon Orange Pekoe Uva comes from the Uva Province of Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon. It is grown at an elevation between 900m and 1,500m (3,000-5,000ft) and is noted for its mellow, delicate flavour. Orange Pekoe Teas such as this one are made from fully unfurled tea leaves as opposed to tea buds.
These brews seldom contain tip but are much larger than Flower Orange Pekoe (FOP) Teas. Uva is considered Sri Lanka’s most remote province despite the fact that Kandy and Nuwara Eliya are both relatively nearby (as the crow flies). Access to its provincial capital, Badulla, is only possible over steep, winding mountain roads. As a result, Uva is sparsely populated while its economy is largely dependent on tea production.
Show your support with our Ceylon Orange Pekoe Uva Tea. Recent studies have also established many health benefits to consuming Black Tea. Could enjoying Ceylon Orange Pekoe Uva Tea be the best health-conscious decision you ever make?
We’re certain here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. Buy today and see what this beverage can do for you. Experience improved cardiovascular health, enhanced cognitive function, and a reduced risk of developing Type II Diabetes. And that’s just to name a few. Better still, Ceylon Orange Pekoe Uva tastes great.
So, what’s the story of Ceylon Tea? The seeds that would sow the future of Sri Lanka’s tea industry were not, in fact, from the Camellia sinensis plant. Astoundingly, it was Ceylon’s coffee industry, or rather its eventual failure, that gave rise to Ceylon Tea. In 1869, the first signs of a new plant disease, coffee-rust, appeared on a plantation in Madulsima, Ceylon.
Over the course of the next decade, Ceylon’s coffee industry diminished greatly and was eventually wiped out. Ceylon, then under the rule of British Empire, feared an economic collapse. But all was not lost. Some years before the disease, a Scottish Tea planter called James Taylor had already established 19 acres of tea in his Loolecondera estate in Kandy. In 1872, three years following the coffee-rust outbreak, Taylor set up a fully equipped tea factory at his estate. Soon, planters from all over the hill country were visiting Loolecondera to learn the art of growing and manufacturing tea.
However, his success did not come easily. In order to expand tea cultivation in Ceylon, more than 120,000 hectares (300,000 acres) of land had to be stripped of dead and dying coffee-bushes to make way for tea planting. These exploits did not go unnoticed around the world, as noted by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories. He described in his short story ‘De Profundis’ how “a rotten fungus drove a whole community through years of despair to one of the greatest commercial victories which pluck and ingenuity ever won”, adding that “the tea-fields of Ceylon are as true a monument to courage as is the lion at Waterloo”. Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we couldn’t agree more.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Black Tea.
Origin: The Uva Province, Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka).
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Enjoy almost any accompaniment from lemon to honey to milk to sugar.
Tasting Notes: Ceylon Orange Pekoe Uva offers a sweet-malty fusion of flavours with woody undertones.
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor, dark in tone.
Health Benefits: We’ve all heard about Green Tea and its outstanding health-promoting properties, but what about Black Tea, specifically Ceylon Tea? As it turns out, black teas to originate from Sri Lanka have a wealth of antioxidants, particularly antioxidant compounds called theaflavin and thearubigin. Although believed to be less substantial in their beneficial properties compared to Green Tea, these constituents still have the capability of combating free radicals found within the body.
Free radicals are the product of oxidation, a natural process of the body related to the transference of oxygen around your system. But when these harmful unpaired electrons are left unchecked, free radicals have the potential to wreak havoc on your health. Ultimately, the presence of free radicals in the body can increase the risks of cardiovascular disease and even cancer. The antioxidants in Ceylon Tea, meanwhile, can neutralise these free radicals, thus reducing the risks.
Health PointsHydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon