Tea grows all around the world through countries and regions that vary greatly from each other geographically. It is difficult to narrow down the required growing conditions for tea. Temperature, precipitation, soil conditions and altitude are only some of the components that lead to a tasty, complicated and healthy beverage.
At present, India produces approximately 870 million kg of tea a year. That is equivalent to one third of the world’s crop. They are followed in production by China, Kenya and Ceylon. Generally, the further you travel from the equator the less likely it is that you will find the tea plant growing.
All teas come from the same plant, camellia sinensis. Teas are then classified in four major categories – White, Green, Oolong or Black. The colour of tea is the result of the chemical changes that take place when the leaves are given time to oxidize before drying.