Black Tea Exports (Pvt) Ltd

Black Tea Exports (Pvt) Ltd Black Tea Exports (Pvt) Ltd, being based in Colombo, Sri Lanka where the source of World’s Best Tea, is geared to provide you the best of Ceylon Tea.
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Black Tea Exports (Pvt) Ltd, with its in-depth experience in the tea industry is recognized as one of Sri Lanka’s leading exporters of pure Ceylon Tea. Established in 1993 by an expert tea taster with the aim of making Ceylon Tea the world’s favourite natural beverage, the company now earns an annual turnover of USD 4 million. World renowned for its aroma and taste, the history of Ceylon Tea dates

Black Tea Exports (Pvt) Ltd, with its in-depth experience in the tea industry is recognized as one of Sri Lanka’s leading exporters of pure Ceylon Tea. Established in 1993 by an expert tea taster with the aim of making Ceylon Tea the world’s favourite natural beverage, the company now earns an annual turnover of USD 4 million. World renowned for its aroma and taste, the history of Ceylon Tea dates

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Tea Time TuesdayFeature for the week is the tea grade “Green Tea OPA”. Sri Lanka is famous for it’s production of Orthod...
31/03/2015

Tea Time Tuesday

Feature for the week is the tea grade “Green Tea OPA”. Sri Lanka is famous for it’s production of Orthodox Black Tea. However Sri Lanka also produces about 1% of Green Tea with a limited variety of different grades. Among them, Green Tea OPA is rapidly growing interest among many customers worldwide.

Tea Time TuesdayFeature for the week is the tea grade FBOP Extra Special. An unique Pure Sri Lankan tea quality manufact...
10/03/2015

Tea Time Tuesday

Feature for the week is the tea grade FBOP Extra Special. An unique Pure Sri Lankan tea quality manufactured in small quantities and sold around US$ 30.00 per kg F.O.B Colombo. Widely popular among Iranian buyers.

The lush tea gardens of Sri Lanka, producing the finest HILLTOP™ teas enjoyed the world over.
26/02/2015

The lush tea gardens of Sri Lanka, producing the finest HILLTOP™ teas enjoyed the world over.

Tea Time TuesdayFeature for the week is the tea grade medium quality OPA (Orange Pekoe “A”). A tea quality that is widel...
17/02/2015

Tea Time Tuesday

Feature for the week is the tea grade medium quality OPA (Orange Pekoe “A”). A tea quality that is widely in demand among Eastern European & North African countries. It is sold around US$ 3,50 per kg F.O.B Colombo which makes it affordable for many tea loving nations to enjoy this grade of Ceylon tea.

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05/02/2015

Black Tea Exports (Pvt) Ltd's cover photo

The symbol for quality Ceylon Tea which is promoted by the Sri Lanka Tea Board.
03/02/2015

The symbol for quality Ceylon Tea which is promoted by the Sri Lanka Tea Board.

Tea Time TuesdayFeature for the week is the tea grade OP1 (Orange Pekoe 1). Some spell it as “Pecco” Despite a purported...
03/02/2015

Tea Time Tuesday

Feature for the week is the tea grade OP1 (Orange Pekoe 1). Some spell it as “Pecco” Despite a purported Chinese origin, these teas are typically manufactured out of Sri Lanka and a few out of India. A grade that is fast growing demand from China, Taiwan and some parts of Iran and in the US.

In 1824 a tea plant was brought to Ceylon by the British from China and was planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Pe...
29/05/2012

In 1824 a tea plant was brought to Ceylon by the British from China and was planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya for non-commercial purposes. Further experimental with tea plants brought from Assam and Calcutta in India were brought to Peradeniya in 1839 through the East India Company and over the years that followed.

James Taylor was a British citizen who introduced commercial tea plantation in Sri Lanka (Ceylon). He arrived to Sri Lanka in 1852 and settled down in Loolecondera estate in Kandy. He lived in Sri Lanka more than half of his life time 57 years until his death.

Taylor visited India in 1866 to learn the basics of growing tea on plantations. Following his return, he started the plantation in Loolecondera estate in Kandy. He began the tea plantation an estate of just 19 acres in 1867. He started a fully equipped tea factory in Loolecondera estate in 1872.

The period of Taylor lived in Loolcondera estate, the export of tea accelerated from 23 pounds to 81 tons and in 1890 it reached the level of 22,900 tons.

The story of tea in Sri Lanka began in the year of 1867. A Scotsman, James Taylor had cleared 19 acres of forest in the District of Hewaheta Lower to plant the first seedings in what is now known as the No.7 field of Loolecondera Estate. Today even people who have never heard of Sri Lanka are familiar with Ceylon tea, which is known for its quality.

In year 1872 Taylor attended the work of building a larger tea factory in Loolecondera and after that it started manufacturing of packeted tea. He already wrote about his success of starting a larger tea factory as "I have a machine of my own invention being made in Kandy for rolling tea which I think will be successful". In 1875 Taylor managed to send the first shipment of Ceylon tea to London tea auction.

Taylor died 1892, his body was buried in the Mahaiyawa Cemetery in Kandy. There is a written statement on his grave's headstone as "In pious memory of James Taylor of Loolecondera Estate Ceylon, the pioneer of the cinchona and tea enterprise in this island, who died May 2, 1892, aged 57 years".

After James Taylor……

Tea production in Ceylon increased dramatically in the 1880s and by 1888 the area under cultivation had exceeded that of coffee, growing to nearly 400,000 acres in 1899. British figures such as Henry Randolph Trafford arrived in Ceylon and bought coffee estates in places such as Poyston, near Kandy in 1880, which was the centre of the coffee culture of Ceylon at the time. However, he knew little about coffee but had considerable knowledge in regards to tea cultivation and he is considered one of the pioneer tea planters in Ceylon. By 1883, Trafford was the resident manager of numerous estates in the area, now switching to tea production. By the late 1880s almost all the coffee plantations in Ceylon had been converted to tea, following the example, with coffee stores rapidly converted to tea factories to meet the increasing demand for tea. Technology developed in the 1880s with the manufacture of the first "Sirocco" tea drier by Samuel C. Davidson in 1877 and the manufacture of first tea rolling machine by John Walker & Co in 1880 set the conditions that would be required to make commercial tea production a reality. This was consolidated in 1884 with the construction of the Central Tea Factory on Fairy land Estate (Pedro) in Nuwara Eliya. As tea production in Ceylon progressed, new factories were constructed introducing innovative methods of mechanization brought in from England. Marshals of Gainsborough of Lancashire, the Tangyes Machine Company of Birmingham, and Davidsons of Belfast supplied the new tea factories with machinery which they still supply today.

Tea steadily began being sold at auction as it increased in popularity. The first public Colombo Auction was held at the premises of Somerville & Co. on 30 July, 1883, under the auspices of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. One million tea packets were sold at the Chicago World Fair in 1893. That same year the tea established a record price of £36.15 per lb at the London Tea Auctions. In 1894 the Ceylon Tea Traders Association was formed and today virtually all tea produced in Sri Lanka is conducted through this association and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. In 1896 the Colombo Brokers' Association was formed and in 1915 Thomas Amarasuriya, became the first Ceylonese to be appointed as Chairman of the Planters' Association. In 1925 the Tea Research Institute was established in Ceylon to conduct research into maximising yields and methods of production. By 1927 tea production in the country exceeded 100,000 metric tons, almost entirely for export. A 1934 law prohibited the export of poor quality tea. The Ceylon Tea Propaganda Board was formed in 1932.

In 1938 the Tea Research Institute commenced work on vegetative propagation at St. Coombs Estate in Talawakele, and in 1940 it developed immunity to the threatening Tea Tortrix Caterpillar to protect the crops. In 1941 the first Ceylonese tea broking house, M/s Pieris & Abeywardena was established and in 1944 the Ceylon Estate Employers' Federation was founded. On October 1, 1951, export duty on tea was introduced and in 1955 the first clonal tea fields began cultivation. In 1958 the State Plantations Corporation was established and on June 1, 1959, Ad Valorem Tax was introduced for teas sold at the Colombo auctions.

By the 1960s the total tea production and exports exceeded 200,000 metric tons and 200,000 hectares and by 1965 Sri Lanka became the world's largest tea exporter for the first time. In 1963 the production and exports of Instant Teas was introduced and in 1966 the first International Tea Convention was held to commemorate 100 years of the tea industry in Sri Lanka. In the early 1970s, 1971–1972, the government of Sri Lanka nationalised the tea estates owned by the British companies. The state took over some 502 tea, rubber and coconut privately owned estates and in 1975 nationalised the Rupee and sterling companies. Land reform in Sri Lanka, meant that no cultivator was allowed to own 50 acres for any purpose. In 1976 the Sri Lanka Tea Board was founded as was other bodies such as the Janatha Estate Development Board (JEDB), Sri Lanka State Plantation Corporation (SLSPC) and the Tea Small Holding Development Authority (TSHDA) to overlook their acquired estates. It was in 1976 that the exports of tea bags also commenced.

In 1980 Sri Lanka became the official supplier of tea at the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympic Games, in 1982 at the 12th Commonwealth Games in Brisbane and again in 1987 at Expo 88 in Australia. In 1981, the import of teas for blending and re-exports was introduced and in 1982 to production and export of green tea commenced in Sri Lanka. CTC teas commenced in the country in 1983. In 1992 the 125th anniversary of the industry was celebrated in an international convention in Colombo. On December 21, 1992 Export Duty and Ad Valorem Tax were abolished and the Tea Research Board established to further research into tea production. In 1992-1993 many of the government-owned tea estates which they had privatized in the early 1970s became privatized again. Heavy losses to the industry had been incurred due to nationalized management, and the government made to decision to return its plantations to private management with the sale of its 23 state-owned plantations.

By 1996, Sri Lanka's tea production had exceeded 250,000 metric tons, growing to over 300,000 metric tons by the year 2000. In 2001 the first on-line sales of tea commenced, sold by Forbes & Walker Ltd., at the Colombo Tea Auctions. A Tea Museum was established in Kandy and in 2002 the Tea Association of Sri Lanka was formed.

In 1824 a tea plant was brought to Ceylon by the British from China and was planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya for non-commercial purposes. Further experimental with tea plants brought from Assam and Calcutta in India were brought to Peradeniya in 1839 through the East India Company and over the years that followed.

James Taylor was a British citizen who introduced commercial tea plantation in Sri Lanka (Ceylon). He arrived to Sri Lanka in 1852 and settled down in Loolecondera estate in Kandy. He lived in Sri Lanka more than half of his life time 57 years until his death.

Taylor visited India in 1866 to learn the basics of growing tea on plantations. Following his return, he started the plantation in Loolecondera estate in Kandy. He began the tea plantation an estate of just 19 acres in 1867. He started a fully equipped tea factory in Loolecondera estate in 1872.

The period of Taylor lived in Loolcondera estate, the export of tea accelerated from 23 pounds to 81 tons and in 1890 it reached the level of 22,900 tons.

The story of tea in Sri Lanka began in the year of 1867. A Scotsman, James Taylor had cleared 19 acres of forest in the District of Hewaheta Lower to plant the first seedings in what is now known as the No.7 field of Loolecondera Estate. Today even people who have never heard of Sri Lanka are familiar with Ceylon tea, which is known for its quality.

In year 1872 Taylor attended the work of building a larger tea factory in Loolecondera and after that it started manufacturing of packeted tea. He already wrote about his success of starting a larger tea factory as "I have a machine of my own invention being made in Kandy for rolling tea which I think will be successful". In 1875 Taylor managed to send the first shipment of Ceylon tea to London tea auction.

Taylor died 1892, his body was buried in the Mahaiyawa Cemetery in Kandy. There is a written statement on his grave's headstone as "In pious memory of James Taylor of Loolecondera Estate Ceylon, the pioneer of the cinchona and tea enterprise in this island, who died May 2, 1892, aged 57 years".

After James Taylor……

Tea production in Ceylon increased dramatically in the 1880s and by 1888 the area under cultivation had exceeded that of coffee, growing to nearly 400,000 acres in 1899. British figures such as Henry Randolph Trafford arrived in Ceylon and bought coffee estates in places such as Poyston, near Kandy in 1880, which was the centre of the coffee culture of Ceylon at the time. However, he knew little about coffee but had considerable knowledge in regards to tea cultivation and he is considered one of the pioneer tea planters in Ceylon. By 1883, Trafford was the resident manager of numerous estates in the area, now switching to tea production. By the late 1880s almost all the coffee plantations in Ceylon had been converted to tea, following the example, with coffee stores rapidly converted to tea factories to meet the increasing demand for tea. Technology developed in the 1880s with the manufacture of the first "Sirocco" tea drier by Samuel C. Davidson in 1877 and the manufacture of first tea rolling machine by John Walker & Co in 1880 set the conditions that would be required to make commercial tea production a reality. This was consolidated in 1884 with the construction of the Central Tea Factory on Fairy land Estate (Pedro) in Nuwara Eliya. As tea production in Ceylon progressed, new factories were constructed introducing innovative methods of mechanization brought in from England. Marshals of Gainsborough of Lancashire, the Tangyes Machine Company of Birmingham, and Davidsons of Belfast supplied the new tea factories with machinery which they still supply today.

Tea steadily began being sold at auction as it increased in popularity. The first public Colombo Auction was held at the premises of Somerville & Co. on 30 July, 1883, under the auspices of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. One million tea packets were sold at the Chicago World Fair in 1893. That same year the tea established a record price of £36.15 per lb at the London Tea Auctions. In 1894 the Ceylon Tea Traders Association was formed and today virtually all tea produced in Sri Lanka is conducted through this association and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. In 1896 the Colombo Brokers' Association was formed and in 1915 Thomas Amarasuriya, became the first Ceylonese to be appointed as Chairman of the Planters' Association. In 1925 the Tea Research Institute was established in Ceylon to conduct research into maximising yields and methods of production. By 1927 tea production in the country exceeded 100,000 metric tons, almost entirely for export. A 1934 law prohibited the export of poor quality tea. The Ceylon Tea Propaganda Board was formed in 1932.

In 1938 the Tea Research Institute commenced work on vegetative propagation at St. Coombs Estate in Talawakele, and in 1940 it developed immunity to the threatening Tea Tortrix Caterpillar to protect the crops. In 1941 the first Ceylonese tea broking house, M/s Pieris & Abeywardena was established and in 1944 the Ceylon Estate Employers' Federation was founded. On October 1, 1951, export duty on tea was introduced and in 1955 the first clonal tea fields began cultivation. In 1958 the State Plantations Corporation was established and on June 1, 1959, Ad Valorem Tax was introduced for teas sold at the Colombo auctions.

By the 1960s the total tea production and exports exceeded 200,000 metric tons and 200,000 hectares and by 1965 Sri Lanka became the world's largest tea exporter for the first time. In 1963 the production and exports of Instant Teas was introduced and in 1966 the first International Tea Convention was held to commemorate 100 years of the tea industry in Sri Lanka. In the early 1970s, 1971–1972, the government of Sri Lanka nationalised the tea estates owned by the British companies. The state took over some 502 tea, rubber and coconut privately owned estates and in 1975 nationalised the Rupee and sterling companies. Land reform in Sri Lanka, meant that no cultivator was allowed to own 50 acres for any purpose. In 1976 the Sri Lanka Tea Board was founded as was other bodies such as the Janatha Estate Development Board (JEDB), Sri Lanka State Plantation Corporation (SLSPC) and the Tea Small Holding Development Authority (TSHDA) to overlook their acquired estates. It was in 1976 that the exports of tea bags also commenced.

In 1980 Sri Lanka became the official supplier of tea at the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympic Games, in 1982 at the 12th Commonwealth Games in Brisbane and again in 1987 at Expo 88 in Australia. In 1981, the import of teas for blending and re-exports was introduced and in 1982 to production and export of green tea commenced in Sri Lanka. CTC teas commenced in the country in 1983. In 1992 the 125th anniversary of the industry was celebrated in an international convention in Colombo. On December 21, 1992 Export Duty and Ad Valorem Tax were abolished and the Tea Research Board established to further research into tea production. In 1992-1993 many of the government-owned tea estates which they had privatized in the early 1970s became privatized again. Heavy losses to the industry had been incurred due to nationalized management, and the government made to decision to return its plantations to private management with the sale of its 23 state-owned plantations.

By 1996, Sri Lanka's tea production had exceeded 250,000 metric tons, growing to over 300,000 metric tons by the year 2000. In 2001 the first on-line sales of tea commenced, sold by Forbes & Walker Ltd., at the Colombo Tea Auctions. A Tea Museum was established in Kandy and in 2002 the Tea Association of Sri Lanka was formed.

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