Background Information on Nepal Tea
Nepali Tea - Tea Fed by Himalayan Breeze
Hello Friends of Nepal, Travelers and Lovers of Nepal!!
You sure have Nepali hand-made carpets in your homes,
family moments cherished in a photo-album made of Nepali Hand-Made Papers, house walls decorated
with Nepalese Thankas, photos of Himalayan Range and the Gurkha Knives in your living room welcome your
guests with wows. And a Nepali Cap hanged in your closet always solutes you every time you dress for a success!
The only thing missing till yesterday, is slowly, entering into your home, the Nepali Tea.
Please Drink Responsibly : Drink as much as you want, do not lower your desire,
if the tea container is empty, don't throw it, put it in your living room for others to see. Thank you for drinking Nepali Tea!
And for those of us, not yet familiar with Nepali tea, let us explore here...
Nepal is the home of Mt. Everest, and the Himalayas - 8 of 10 highest mountains in the world watch-over Nepal's land. Many medicinal herbs found at the foothill of Himalayas are considered to be the purest and best in the world.
Tea is not an exception. A drink, a food, a herb, call it what-ever you like, it can cure your illness, make friends or be among your enemies and be friends back again!
High altitude teas have more flavor than low altitude teas. Green Teas grown in High altitude are regarded as the best Green Teas in the world. Young Tea bushes yield better quality than those of older bushes. Nepali Tea bushes are young and are grown in high altitude.
Tea bushes love warm and humid climate with plenty of rainfall. Nepal's 70% of the land is hill area having those climatic conditions. Doesn't that make Nepal so special for Tea ? Know Nepal by Mountains, you will soon know by Tea!
Tea contains Antioxidant, a chemical substance which helps our body fight with diseases such as cancer.
There has not been enough research on Nepalese Himalayan Orthodox Tea, but many believe
that Teas grown in High altitude abundant of warm and rainy growing conditions yield better tea quality and Antioxidant values than those grown at lower altitude.
Earth's high altitude lands are less polluted than low altitude lands. It is generally believed that if a plant can be grown organically at high altitude it does better.
Nepal's aromatic tea has become extremely popular around the world"
-- Fair Trade Organization, USA
In Nepal, Sun rises are after a cup of Tea!
Tea is for poor and Tea is for rich. All class of people can afford and drink a cup of tea. "Have you had your tea?" is a common phrase here in this country, a kind of like a greeting.
You will hear this when you enter someone's home or even when crossing it by. For all of us, Tea has always been our most consumed beverage after water. We Love Tea.
Nepal ranks 25th in the world in terms of bio-diversity. Elevation ranging from 600 meter to the highest altitude of earth, 8,848 Meter exists here with abundant favorable climates and soil conditions for growing tea.
Tea promoting organizations such as the Association of Himalayan Orthodox Tea Producers Nepal claim that Nepal has yet
to use 80% of it's land for growing Tea. Nepal has excellent climatic conditions for not only growing tea but also for coffee.
"Nepalese tea is very similar to tea from Darjeeling" -- Wikipedia.org
Types and Characteristic of Nepali Tea
Most Nepali Teas produced for export purpose are called Orthodox, also named as the Himalayan Orthodox Tea. The name says it all, doesn't it?
Nepali Tea estates and gardens are the immediate neighbors of the mighty Himalayan Range.
Nepali Organic Orthodox Teas are First Flush (FTGFOP I), STGFOP I (Silver Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe). Don't they have cute names ? The naming
system tells us about the tea's color, shape, size, aroma and and a whole lot and more, doesn't it?
S - Silver
T - Tippy
G - Golden
O - Orange
P - Pokoe
B - Broken
W - Wiry
I - First Flush, and II - Second Flush
Based on grades, here are more Nepali Orthodox Teas : TGFOP,, GFOP, FOP, OP, BOP and P. Now, can you tell us what WP means ? Good job!
Other Teas are also slowly being produced and marketed such as Nepali Green Tea.
Nepali Tea bushes are grown at high altitude ranging from 3,000 feet to all the way upto 7,325 feet. The highest tea garden of Nepal is Guranse, which is located at an elevation of 7325ft in Dhankuta region and is owned by Guranse Tea estate. Currently main tea growing areas in Nepal are Jhapa, Illam, Panchthar and Dhankuta.
All Nepali Tea Companies that export teas are 100 percent organic, all are certified by NASAA, Australia, which is accredited to IFOAM and AQIS.
Teas are produced from pure agricultural soil, biologically and ecologically balanced methods. No wonder Tea awards are lined up for Nepalese Tea.
Guranse Tea wins China Expo 1999 award for superb taste, aroma, infusion and character. CTC teas are grown in Terai region of Nepal (lower flat land of Nepal) while Orthodox Teas are grown in Hill regions.
CTC teas are mainly consumed in the domestic market as it is cheaper to produce while Orthodox Tea takes more time and money to produce hence are more expensive than CTC Teas.
Tea Growing Areas in Nepal
Although Nepal has as much as 80% of it's land good enough to grow tea, these are currently the locations where teas are grown.
Tea growing regions of nepal are :
Major Countries Importing Nepali Tea
Some of the Tea blenders and direct consumers importing Nepalese Tea are...
Is Nepali Tea same as Darjeeling Tea?
Yes. Nepal has only recently introduced it's tea business to the world while Darjeeling
had started exporting its tea a very long time ago. Nepali Teas flavor and characters are found to be similar to those of Darjeeling Tea, some
Nepali teas are considered even better in aroma, fusion, taste and color. Teas are grown in high altitude in both the regions.
Nepali tea has not received the required world-wide profile only due to it's late introduction.
Many argue that Nepali tea does not need any comparisons, it is of excellent organic quality having its unique characters
If Nepali Tea is same as Darjeeling Tea or even better, then why doesn't the world know about Nepali Tea ?
Nepal does not produce sufficient quantities of Tea. Nepalese teas are recently introduced to the world.
As more and more people know about the quality of Nepali Tea, you can expect increase in tea production, sales and eventually
increase in it's global profile.
Quick Facts on Nepali Orthodox Tea
- Tea production is increasing by 15% every year.
- Germany is the #1 country importing Nepalese Orthodox Tea
- Nepal produces over 6 million Kilograms (13.23 Million Pounds) of Tea a year.
Where can you Buy Nepali Tea ?
We haven't found any online stores yet. If they appear, we will let you know. For now, you will need to buy Nepalese Tea directly from the company located in Nepal or through their overseas branches(i.e. if they have one.)
So contact these companies. Due to heavy shipping costs, consider buying tea in bulk quantities to save money.
Enjoy Nepalese Tea!
Ask for a FREE "Tea Sample" with these Nepali Tea companies today!
Sip Nepali Tea,
your virtual kisses of Everest is a click away!
VOITH, Sinamangal, P. O. Box 233 Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone : 977-1-4478301 to 4478306
Email Address : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : http://www.guransetea.com.np/
- Has own Tea Gardens and Tea Factory, Exclusively Produces Orthodox Tea For Export Purpose Only
- Websites hosted under .np country are found to be slow to visitors outside of Nepal, so please be patient
Kanchanjanha Tea, P.O. Box: 8821, Kathmandu
Phone : 977-1-4469503 and 5536693
Email Address : email@example.com
Website : http://www.organickte.com/
- Exports Nepalese Orthodox Tea, Also packages tea for domestic market
- Has its own tea processing factory located in Panchthar
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