Where does Britain get its tea?
Most of the leaves that go into our teabags do not come from India or China, but are bought from an auction in the coastal city of Mombasa in Kenya. From here, Simon follows the tea trail through the epic landscapes of Kenya and Uganda and meets some of the thousands of people who pick, pack and transport it.
Where does most of the UK’s tea come from?
The largest tea supplying country to the United Kingdom remains Kenya, accounting for 43.3% of all tea imports. Despite strongly fluctuating imports, Kenyan tea remains popular among British buyers because of its colour and flavour and is mostly used for blends in tea bags.
Does the UK make its own tea?
Tea has been grown in the UK for hundreds of years. As a British company who loves a good cuppa, we wondered how easy it would be to grow-your-own tea at home. As it turns out, it’s perfectly possible to grow Camellia Sinensis – the common tea plant – in your own garden. In fact, it thrives in UK conditions.
How much tea does the UK import?
In 2020, the amount of tea imported into the United Kingdom had a net mass of approximately 129 thousand tons. The overwhelming majority of imports came from outside of the European Union. The non-EU imports measured more than 20 times the amount of EU imports.
Did the British get tea from India?
The credit for creating India’s vast tea empire goes to the British, who discovered tea in India and cultivated and consumed it in enormous quantities between the early 1800s and India’s independence from Great Britain in 1947.
Why do British put milk in tea?
Simon Hill said: “When tea was first imported to the UK in the 18th Century lots of people couldn’t afford the fine bone china services. “The cups available couldn’t withstand the heat of the boiling water and would shatter, so milk was added first.”
Is English Breakfast tea grown in England?
Our English Breakfast Tea Pyramids are bold, malty and rich made with the widest variety of leaves ever grown in England, then blended with the finest Assam.