We started off with the Lumbini Tea Factory in the south. This is a low-altitude tea factory famous for its high quality Ceylon teas. We had a chance to tour the estate grounds, seeing multiple varieties of tea plants (as well as a nutmeg tree and a capsicum garden). It was truly beautiful!
Next we spent the night at the New Vithanakande Tea Factory. This is a large-volume factory that processes tea derived almost entirely from small farms in the area. Running for 24 hours a day, it employs hundreds of local men and women, and has a strong small farm outreach program including a newsletter.
I have included lots of pictures below! I would love to hear what YOU think of them!
Here is a picture of the tea tasting process at the Lumbini Tea Factory:
A shipping truck from New Vithanakande tea factory:
A view from the high mountains of the tea growing region:
Some tea I picked at a teafield near NV:
The rolling process at NV:
The view from the front of the manager bungalow at New Vithanakande:
The withering process at NV:
Our next stops are New Uva Tea Factory and Luckyland Tea Factory... stay tuned!