AKBAR Tea

The famous AKBAR Tea from Sri Lanka is imported by our company in professional HORECA packaging to serve the needs of our customers.



 

Imported products:

Food Service:  • ENGLISH BREAKFAST • CEYLON BLACK
Gourmet Teas:  • EARL GRAY • ENGLISH AFTERNOON
Herbal Infusions:  • GREEN TEA • GREEN TEA JASMINE • MINT • CAMOMILE
Fruit Teas:  • APPLE • LEMON • BLACKCURRANT • RASPBERRY • CHERRY • STRAWBERRY • PEACH • GRAPE • CARAMEL

 

NOTE
All varieties of imported tea are packed in alufoil tea bags of 2gr and in boxes of 100 pcs.

AKBAR TEA WOODEN DISPLAY STANDS
Available display stands for six, twelve and fifteen boxes.

 

About AKBAR TEA

The history of both Ceylon tea and Akbar Brothers family was destined to commence at the same time in Sri Lanka, in the 1860's. James Taylor, a Scotsman, planted the first tea sapling in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) in 1867 whilst in 1864, the great-grand father of the present Akbar brothers, Shaikh Hebtulabhoy, left his homeland, India, and settled down in Sri Lanka. His son, Tyeabally Shaikh Hebtulabhoy, pioneered for the family into the thriving Sri Lanka tea industry, by forming M. S. Hebtulabhoy & Company Limited. Tea historian D. M. Forrest, in his 'A Hundred Years of Ceylon Tea' book, on page 152, states: There has been a big expansion in foreign markets today for the Middle East industry, since such firms as Hebtulabhoy & Co, which had been operating in Colombo for generations, began shipping tea abroad in 1907.

In time, Tyeabally Shaikh Hebtulabhoy's grandsons, Abbas, Abid and Inayet Akbarally, who were also well versed in tea, resigned from Hebtulabhoys & Co. and established Akbar Brothers in 1969. It took Akbar Brothers just 3 years to succeed in making significant progress in major tea markets in the Middle East, as well as in other parts of the world.

Largest exporter of Ceylon tea

Akbar Brothers Limited was incorporated in 1972. Significantly, in the same year, the father of the company’s founders retired from the Chairmanship of Hebtulabhoys & Co. and joined his sons, making his 40 years of experience available by taking a place in the highest echelons of the tea industry. Meanwhile, the company’s boom kept its momentum so as to become the largest tea exporter. For 14 consecutive years since 1992, Akbar Brothers Limited has been acknowledged as the biggest Sri Lanka tea exporter. "Akbar" became the flagship brand name of the finest Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka.

History of Ceylon tea

“ Not often is it that men have the heart, when their one great industry is withered, to rear up in a few years another as rich to take its place, and the tea fields of Ceylon are as true a monument to courage as is the lion at Waterloo” – Conan Doyle. By 1880, the hitherto thriving coffee industry in Ceylon had been ravaged to virtual non-existence by the Great Blight. Nearly a quarter of million acres of coffee plants were uprooted and the tea (Camellia Thea) plant took their place. Thus, the great Ceylon tea industry began. This tea saga of Ceylon began with tea seeds and young tea plants of the Assam Jat imported from the Botanical Gardens in Calcutta, being experimentally planted in the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens near Kandy in 1839. In addition, a handful of enterprising coffee planters had cleared about half an acre and planted it with tea. Being chiefly concerned with lucrative coffee, planters in general had no time for tea and those experimental plots were forgotten for some thirty years. However, tea did grow. In the meantime, it was noted that tea grew well in the hills of Ceylon.

However, the first tea planted for commercial reasons in 1867 at Loolecondera estate by a Scotsman named James Taylor, when coffee industry was being severely plagued by the Great Blight. The first recorded shipment of tea came five years later in 1872 with the export of 23 pounds, valued at 58 rupees. The first vessel recorded as carrying Ceylon tea to England was the steam-ship ‘Duke Argyll’ in 1877.

Economically devastated by the coffee leaf disease by the early 1880’s, coffee planters stampeded into tea, which was then fast gathering momentum. Experienced tea makers and cultivators from China and India were freely given to planters in Ceylon. To meet the unmanageable demand for tea plants, seeds were imported from Assam, and, to a lesser extent, China, which were nurtured in tea nurseries in several suitable locations. Ceylon tea grows from almost sea level to 7,000 ft. The climate of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) varies very much from place to place, thus having a considerable effect on the flavor and quality of tea.

The Perfect Cup of Tea

In a pot: Put one tea bag for each person. Add fresh boiling water. Let it infuse for at least 3 minutes before serving.

In a cup: Put one tea bag in a cup. Add fresh boiling water. Let it infuse for 2-3 minutes. Add sugar, milk or lemon, if desired.

For iced tea: Prepare hot tea, twice as strong, and pour it into ice-filled glasses (melting ice will weaken its strength). Serve with sugar, lemon, lime or mint.

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