Tea in nepal

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 favourable climates and soil conditions for growing tea. Nepal has excellent climatic conditions for not only growing tea but also for coffee.

Types and Characteristic of Nepali Tea

Most Nepali Teas produced for export purpose are called Orthodox, also named as the Himalayan Orthodox Tea. 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). 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 - Pekoe
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. Other Teas are also slowly being produced and marketed such as Nepali Organic Green Tea, Emeraled Green Tea.

Nepali Tea bushes are grown at high altitude ranging from 3,000 feet to all the way upto 7,325 feet. Currently main tea growing areas in Nepal are Illam, Jhapa, Panchthar and Dhankuta. Most of the tea produce in nepal  are 100 percent organic, all are certified. Teas are produced from pure agricultural soil, biologically and ecologically balanced methods. CTC (Milk Tea) 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.

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