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Updated: Mar. 17, 2014
About GermanyGermany has a cold climate that is nowhere suitable for growing the tea plant Camellia sinensis. Germany does, however, grow a number of herbs, although it is not well-known for its herb production. Germany is not well-known for tea drinking, but its tea consumption has increased greatly in recent years. One region of Germany, East Frisia or Ostfriesland, has a rich and old tradition of tea drinking, and is the origin of a style of black tea called ostfriesen tea. The tea market in Germany tends to be discerning, with many consumers interested in high-quality loose teas and single-estate or single-origin teas. Germany is also a very large importer of herbs, in part because the medical system in Germany actively supports the use of herbs for medicinal purposes.
Germany is the origin of a large number of commercial flavored teas and blends. We list these flavored teas under the "Blend" category because the ingredients originated outside of Germany.
Often one will see "German chamomile" for sale...this refers to a species of chamomile, Matricaria recutita, which is sometimes grown in Germany, but also grown in a number of other countries.
1. Sanne van der Wal, Sustainability Issues in the Tea Sector (PDF), Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen, Amsterdam, June 2008.
Styles of Tea Produced in Germany
This is a selection, not an exhaustive listing, of the styles of tea most commonly produced in Germany.
Best German Teas
The notion of the "best" German teas is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas produced in Germany, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.