The "secret" story of the tea brands of Mauritius...
You have to go back to 1760 to find the thread of the history of tea in Mauritius. The French could not have thought at the time that the English could grow their tea plantations in Mauritius.
It is however thanks to the arrival of the English that its development will lead to implant this tradition in Mauritians.
Known as Camellia Sinensis, the tea plant was brought by Father Galloys, a French priest. The botanist Pierre Poivre, him, extended the culture for his museum.
The development was favored by the English.
It was the British who arrived on the island in the 19th century who favored the commercial development of tea, in the regions of New France and Chamarel. The private plantations and tea factories then flourished following the trend thus launched.
In a few years, from the introduction from Sri Lanka (ex Ceylon) in 1872 to 1919, vanilla tea became the favorite drink of Mauritians, a passion that continues until today.
The well-known brands Bois Cheri, Chartreuse, et Corson, are currently the three pillars of the tea market in Mauritius.
But other brands have managed to make a breakthrough recently, such as Kuanfu, V Kanhye and Feuille et Fleurs brands.
Cultivated on the highlands of Mauritius, representing almost 680 hectares, the tea plantations benefit from ideal climatic conditions for the cultivation of tea plants.
This excellent quality of Mauritian tea, guaranteed pesticide-free, is fortunately not obtained at the expense of the environment.
You would certainly admire the dexterity and ability of these women in the fields, picking tea leaves, with the bags on their backs.
The picked leaves will then be brought for drying and the tea preparation process at the factory.
Today, you can enjoy multiple varieties of teas, developed over time by Mauritian manufacturers.
Green tea, coconut, lemon, caramel, cardamom, lemongrass and other exotic fruits: that choice at your disposal!
Observe around you, in offices or Mauritian homes, during the afternoon, you will often feel the aromas of tea reaching your nostrils.
To be enjoyed alone in a Zen atmosphere, or more convivial...with some friends.
Are you traditional black tea or vanilla tea, very popular, with or without sugar, with or without milk?