Today, over 50 countries in the world produce tea in varying quantities, of vastly different quality, and for both domestic consumption as well as export to diverse tea drinking markets.
Indonesia, Mainland Southeast Asia, South America and Turkey are some of the largest of these producers. These growths are not currently represented in any offerings from Tea Trekker.
At this time, Tea Trekker’s selection primarily consists of teas from the traditionally historic production regions of East Asia (China, Japan, Taiwan), and South Asia (India, Ceylon).
East Asia contributes the oldest and largest body of tea production. It is from this region of the world, together with its origins as a wild plant in Mainland Southeast Asia, that tea was cultivated, refined, and ultimately offered as a beverage to the world.
The border areas of Mainland Southeast Asia also contribute to the world’s supply of tea. We currently have a delicious ‘Pu-erh’ from Myanmar that is historically identical to the Pu-erh that we source from far western Yunnan Province, China. Were it not for the geo-political border that runs along the Mekong River, these teas would be manufactured by the same groups of local inhabitants. Burma of course is one of the places that tea was originally a wild plant, so this is an exciting tea to be able to offer Tea Trekker enthusiasts.
The various countries that comprise South Asia have contributed huge quantities of tea to the world. Taken to this section of the world by explorers, traders, and businessmen and women, tea is an important part of the economy of South Asia.
The continent of Africa is a location in which tea flourishes. As European tea companies began to look beyond Asia for the appropriate terroir for tea plantings, the region of East Africa in particular was determined to have ideal weather conditions for encouraging lush plant growth and to provide the long growing season necessary for tea manufacture.
From time to time we have offerings from Korea, several other countries in Africa, and various border areas of Mainland Southeast Asia, but currently we do not.