Ceylon highlands tea comes from Sri Lanka. Until the 1860s, coffee used to be the most important crop in Sri Lanka, but a mould destroyed most of the coffee plants and so plantation owners then had to switch to other crops. And thereby the foundation was laid for one of the world’s largest tea-producing countries.
Sri Lanka’s finest teas originate from shrubs that grow at altitudes above 1200 meters. The shrubs grow slower in the cool hazy climate, and they are difficult to harvest because they grow on steep slopes. Ceylon tea is clear and lively in colour with a wonderful delicate flavour.