Colombia is known for many things like its coffees, but what most people don’t know Colombia for is its Colombian Teas. It is quite interesting to know that Colombia is a tea producing country. It started its tea production in 1950s when the country’s’ government started tea plantations after purchasing tea trees from Brazil. The plantation was done in three areas of the country as a means of diversifying agriculture. Though Colombia is not one of the foremost tea producing countries in the world, they have been able to develop a large variety of tea producing factories in the country.
One of the regions where the plantation was started is in Andes Mountains. Here, tea is planted and nurtured till maturity and harvested. Andes Mountains is known to be an exotic, peaceful as well as a beautiful place in Colombia. The tropical weather of the country makes it easy to harvest tea all year round. The weather condition of the country provides a comfortable atmosphere for the production of these teas. Teas are grown in soil with high concentration of copper, zinc coal and nitrogen. Teas produced in Colombia are low in acidity, sweet and soft. And the consistent climate aids in the high yield of tasty and delicate tea-tips all year round.
Colombian teas are planted in a unique way making them special in several aspects. The trees are planted short and spaced out, and often, the trees are made up of different varieties, mainly a mix of assamica, Cambodian and sinensis. This combination results in a natural mixture of tea leaves in every harvest. However, someone can be forgiven for not knowing about Colombian teas because tea market in the country has had it a bit difficult to grow, and this is largely due to the country’s strong coffee culture.
Some of the famous Colombian teas around include Malty Black Tea, Cocoa Kisses and Colombian Black Organic. The malty black tea is from the foggy highland of the country. A great choice for every Assam lover, this Colombian tea impresses with some tasty sultanas, traces of blackcurrants and dried plums. Malty black tea is luxurious, soft and smooth with a subtle sweetness. You cannot go wrong drinking a Colombian malty black tea.
Cocoa kisses is another great Colombian tea. This tea contains chocolate and is a single origin blended. An oxidized tea with raw cacao nibs and copper colored and the harvest is often rich. Cocoa kisses is a black tea with a pinch of cocoa that came from a small farmer in the San Andres de Tumaco region of Colombia. This region is a well-known area for its production of some of world most aromatic and finest cocoas.
The other known Colombian tea is the Colombian black organic. This tea originated from Departamento del Choco in Northwest Colombia, and as its name implies, it’s an organic black tea. The Colombian black organic is an expressive and full flavoured tea with a pinch of fruit and honey. This is a rare and special tea with its leaves having a rich copper colour. The Colombian black organic tea is often grown at 1,800 to 2,050 meters elevation, at the start of the Andean mountain range. The soil here is high in minerals compositions and coupled with the closeness to the equator, the plant is guaranteed of at least of four hours sun every day.