We are a Brisbane based company, trading in only 100% Pure Ceylon Tea.
This is because Ceylon teas are the finest teas in the world and we believe that they should be enjoyed without blending with teas from other parts of the world. Also born and raised in Sri Lanka, we have a deep knowledge and love of pure Ceylon tea and the Sri Lankan tea culture.
We import our pure Ceylon tea directly from a single supplier in Sri Lanka. Most of the gourmet teas are sourced from Watawala Plantation owned Sri Lankan tea estates, including world famous Kenilworth and Waltrim Estates. It is noteworthy that Watawala Plantation is recognised as a sustainable corporate citizen by the United Nations Global Compact and many of its factories have been certified to ISO, HACCP, GMP and USDA standards.
As proof of quality and origin, all teas sold by CEYTEA bear the prestigious Lion Logo. The Sri Lanka Tea Board, which is the legitimate owner of the Ceylon Tea Lion Logo, imposes the following conditions on the use of the logo:
This estate was planted at the turn of the 20th century by an English pioneer who named the estate after the famous KENILWORTH CASTLE in Warwickshire in England. Kenilworth estate is situated close to the town of Ginigathena in the Central Province of Sri Lanka – a part of the Kandy district. Fields of the estate overlook the rapids of the ‘Kelani Ganga’, famous for white water rafting. The river originates in the Adam’s Peak range and in its course plunges over the Aberdeen Falls.
Kenilworth Sri Lankan tea is known around the world for its full-bodied strong liquors (liquors is a tea tasting term for taste of the tea in the cup) and is considered to be the hallmark of Ceylon medium grown teas. This estate receives an average rainfall of 190 inches per year. The location of the estate is unique in that both the South West and North East monsoons bring rain to this particular region. Kenilworth annually produces about 2 million pounds of tea and employs a work force of 930 people. Kenilworth also is the main factory for 250 small holders (a small holder is an independent farmer who grows tea on small plots of land – generally about 2 or 3 acres). The fact that Kenilworth buys the green leaf from these small holders is important as this act provides a valuable source of income for these independent Sri Lankan tea farmers. One of the main highways between Colombo and Nuwara Eliya passes through the tea fields of Kenilworth. It is quite a sight, the tea pluckers resplendent in their colourful dress wending their way through the impeccably manicured tea fields plucking the ‘two leaves and a bud’.
Kenilworth is a very modern factory and certified under ISO 2002. The factory makes a whole range of various leaf grades from the classic Orange Pekoe to Broken Orange Pekoe Fannking (BOPF) used in tea bags.
Of the Sri Lankan pure Ceylon teas, the Kenilworth Orange Pekoe grades are the most sought after by any medium grown tea garden.
Acclaimed as a high-tech factory in Sri Lanka, Waltrim Factory is constructed a mere 100 metres from where the original factory stood and uses an eco-friendly structure as its production headquarters. The 45,000 square foot building is built mainly from concrete, not only making the structure fireproof but also adding to the efficiency of the building as a whole. The location and positioning of Waltrim allows for an amplified natural air flow and ventilation, which reduces costly electrical appliances and improves the withering process of tea leaves.
Currently, Waltrim is able to produce 16,000 kg of Greenleaf a day. Automated conveyers are used throughout the process to ensure consistency, quality and safety as well as to reduce the physical handling of tea leaves which can be damaging. It is also compliant with ISO 22000 food safety manufacturing standards.
Waltrim is Fairtrade certified and a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership. The Waltrim Sri Lankan estate is progressing towards meeting Rainforest Alliance standards.
(Source: Watawala Plantations)