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CEYLON TEA HISTORY

Strange as it may seem, the story of Ceylon Tea begins with coffee. The tale begins in the early 1820s, barely five years after the surrender of Kandy, the last surviving indigenously-ruled state in Ceylon, to the British crown. By then, the rest of the island had already been a British colony for more than a generation. Its possession was considered vital to imperial interests in India and the Far East, but the cost of maintaining the military presence and infrastructure necessary to secure it was prohibitive. Attempts to raise revenue by taxation could not by themselves fill the gap; how to make the colony pay for itself and its garrison was a problem that had troubled successive governors since the first, Frederic North, took office in 1798. Experiments with coffee may already have begun by 1824, when the fifth of Ceylon’s colonial governors, Edward Barnes, arrived in the island, but it was he who first saw in coffee a solution to the colony’s perennial balance-of-payments problem. The plant had already been found growing naturally among the approaches to the central hill country; sensing an opportunity, Barnes threw the weight of official support behind large-scale cultivation.

Land in the central hills was sold for a few pence an acre, official funds were dedicated to research and experiments in coffee-growing, planters and merchants were provided with incentives and support. Most important of all, Barnes provided the infrastructure – a network of roads, including the all-important trunk route from Kandy to Colombo – that enabled coffee-planters to get their produce to town, and thence to market in England.History-11 Barnes’ term of office ended in 1831. By then the coffee ‘enterprise’ (today we would call it an industry) occupied much of the country round Kandy and was spreading southward and upward into the formerly virgin forests of the central hills. Then, in 1838, the abolition of slavery in Jamaica caused the collapse of that country’s coffee industry. The resulting boom in Ceylon coffee opened up much that remained of the hitherto trackless hill country. Despite setbacks in the late 1840s, the enterprise continued to grow. In the mid-1870s Ceylon became the world’s largest producer of coffee. Profits and revenues generated by the enterprise turned the colony into an imperial showpiece, prosperous, civilized and modern. Railways threaded the coffee-clad hillsides, roads plumbed the interior; the city of Colombo was gas-lit and its port had been developed with a breakwater and new quays. An effective government and civil administration kept things functioning smoothly, although the people of Ceylon had little say in either institution.



THE GREATEST TEA IN SRI LANKA

Athula tea is a new era of tea generations and expecting to give good quality product to the customers. The most famous Sri Lankan tea categories are black tea, green tea, red tea and white tea . There are more than 400 varieties of tea and those varieties creating by mixing fruits, flowers, medicine plants with above mentioned main categories. because of our quality and big range of the products we have been famous among the local and international market.

THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF TEA

Within teas, there are many different kinds, but almost all teas have nutritional and health values. Green teas are considered by many to be the healthiest, but all teas contain antioxidants. Antioxidants found in teas are called catechins, and catechins, like all antioxidants battle free radicals and repair damaged cells within the body. This promotes good health and may even prevent cancer. When the goodness of tea is combined with fruit, there are even more natural health benefits. The tea blends smoothly with the fruit components creating a drink which is mild yet flavorful, full of vitamins, minerals and those all important antioxidants. There are precious few beverages which can claim to refresh your thirst, boost your vitamin intake, give you energy and fight cancer in a single serving. Tea is an ancient beverage, yet one with very modern health benefits. It's likely the health benefits of tea are even more valuable now than they were a few centuries ago. After being consumed for more than four thousand years, tea has changed very little - until now. It's been served hot, it's been served cold. But now tea is being served in a style that suits the most frantic lifestyle.

Vision

To be a result oriented innovative Tea Company, Internationally reputed for quality, while adhering to the highest ethical & environmental standards.

Mission

Produce quality tea that exceeds customer expectations. Be an ethical Employer of choice in the Plantation Sector. Consciously improve and protect the Environment. Increase the wealth of our Stake-holders.