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Top 5 Best Tea Producing Countries

Updated on June 6, 2014

After my previous article about the best coffee producing countries in the world, I don't want to disappoint my tea drinking friends. So, now I am writing about the best tea producing countries in the world and this for all the tea drinkers in the world. I am sure that if you are a regular tea drinker, you will know the big names such as Earl Grey and Twinings. But did you know that the best tea actually comes from some of the Asian countries such as India, Sri Lanka and China? Here are the top 5 countries which produce some of the best tea in the world.

1) Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka ranks in the top three tea producing countries in the world just behind China and India. As such, it also produces some of the best tea you can drink. Sri Lanka is famous for its Ceylon black tea and it produces about 9.1% of the world's tea. Tea accounts for roughly 15% of the nation's GDP.

2) India

Till recent times, India was the top exporter of tea in the world till it was pushed down to the second spot by China. Some of the best teas you have heard such as Assam and Darjeeling tea come from this country. The three major regions that are famous for tea plantations in India are Assam, Darjeeling and Coorg. All three regions produce teas that are unique in their own respect. Assam and Darjeeling tea are the most famous tea after Earl Grey and Twinings.

3) China

China is currently the world's leading producer and exporter of tea. Its tea brands may not be as famous as Earl Grey, Assam or Darjeeling. Nonetheless, if you haven't heard of the herbal and green teas from China, then you probably are an amateur tea drinker. Legend has it that tea was indeed discovered by a Chinese emperor.

4) Kenya

Kenya ranks among the best tea producing countries in the world due to its famous black tea. Kenya may not be as popular as India, China or Sri Lanka in tea production. However, tea in Kenya ranks the third biggest cash crop after Tourism and Horticulture. Kenya produces about 9.6% of world's tea. In 2008 alone, the nation produced about 345,800 million tons of tea.

5) Turkey

Turkey is one among the top 5 tea producing countries in the world. In 2008, it produced approximately 198,046 million tons of tea. Turkish tea also called the çay is famous especially in Turkish speaking countries. Turkey produces about 6% of world's tea.

These are the 5 best tea producing countries in the world. If you haven't tried any of them yet, it is time to hit the nearest tea shop to savor the best Assam, Darjeeling or green tea.


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      Hemanta Borgohain 

      2 years ago

      This informations helped my daughter in her project. Thanks a lot☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺

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      Naveen Devinda 

      3 years ago

      I like Srilankan tea, and no you can't prove Indian tea is the best.

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      Srimal Silva 

      4 years ago

      Sri Lanka tea is best and quality taste and flavours.

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      Karthik Kashyap 

      5 years ago from India

      Martin: Thanks a lot for adding your comment :)

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      martin Tanui 

      5 years ago

      I think the best Teas come from the highlands of a country called Kenya whose tea is cultivated in the great Riftv valley

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      Karthik Kashyap 

      8 years ago from India

      jmnmwas: I would definitely love to try it once :)

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      8 years ago

      lets be sincere here,have anybody compared other places tea with kenyan one?then am sure you'll rank it the best

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      Karthik Kashyap 

      8 years ago from India

      Mohamed: Ranks keep changing. And every country citizen tends to think that their country produces the best tea. As an Indian, I tend to think that India produces the best tea. And I can "prove" it. But that isn't the idea of the article. The idea of the article is just to put down the top 5 producers of tea.

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      Mohamed Yusuf 

      8 years ago

      I don't agree to the ranking. I think Kenyan tea is the best in the world.

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      Karthik Kashyap 

      8 years ago from India

      Thanks for the update homesteadbound :) I will check out with the author of that article.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      8 years ago from Texas

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      Karthik Kashyap 

      8 years ago from India

      thanks Cardisa :) Point noted about Blue Mountain coffee :)

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      Carolee Samuda 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      I keep seeing the coffee hub popping up all the time and meant o read it to see if Blue Mountain coffee is on

      I love tea and drink it quite regularly and my suspicions were right about China leading in the tea industry.


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