History in a few words
While tea made its first appearance in Indonesia starting in the 17th century, its national production did not truly begin until the 19th century. This led to the development of industrial black tea plantations on the islands of Sumatra and Java. In the following century, World War II devastated the local industry and one would have to wait until the 1980s to see a recovery in production, most notably through the replanting of numerous tea plants.
With its tall mountains, volcanic soil rich in minerals, exceptional biodiversity and tropical climate, this archipelago offers the ideal conditions for the cultivation of tea plants. Today, Indonesia produces black tea as well as green and oolong tea of great quality.