The tradition of tea
... dates from 1890.
The first tea seeds were imported from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) in 1886. Vanilla tea was introduced to the local market in 1919 and is still the most popular beverage among the locals.
In 1760, Mauritius brought to the tea tree known as Camellia Sinensis a French priest, the father of Galloys. It was largely planted by the famous botanist Pierre Poivre, but only as a museum plant.
Once the British arrived on the island (during the 19th century), Maurice Governor Robert Farquhar supported the commercial cultivation of tea, but when he left the island, the project was abandoned.
Almost half a century later, Sir John Pope Hennessy revived local interest in tea cultivation, and soon plantations were established in the Nouvelle France and Chamarel areas. The more people became interested in growing tea, the number of private plantations and tea factories increased. At the end of World War II, 5 tea factories were established and about 850 hectares of land were dedicated to tea plantations.
In Mauritius, tea is grown on fertile high plateaus, where the climatic conditions are ideal for growing tea of excellent quality. Mauritian tea is known to be grown in a pesticide-free environment. The annual collection of tea leaves is 6732 tons, which are grown on 574 hectares with 1295 tons of tea produced.
Mauritian tea is mainly exported to France, Reunion, Madagascar, the Seychelles and other regional markets. New markets such as China, Japan, Australia, Canada, Hungary and the Czech Republic have recently joined the buyer list. Founded in 1967, Dubreuil Tea Factory provided equipment for processing leaves harvested by small farmers. In 2016, Mauristea Investment Co., Ltd. introduced new technologies and created the first innovatively produced green tea, black tea, white tea, yellow tea, cake tea, Creole tea, Oolong tea and vanilla tea in Mauritius, which is based on traditional Chinese technology, it is a MauriceBay brand.
Mauristea has a leading technology for processing tea and thanks to the popularity of MauriceBay, it becomes the tea king of Mauritius.