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Indonesia

Wikipedia: Indonesia | Official Government Website: www.indonesia.go.id/en 
Updated: Mar. 18, 2015 

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About Indonesia | Styles of Tea Produced in Indonesia | Best (Top-Rated) Indonesian Teas

About Indonesia

A woman plucking tea in a tea fieldA woman plucking tea at the Patuahwattee plantation, Indonesia. Photo by Dhr. B. (Boy) Lawson, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
Indonesia is a country located on a large archipelago that lies between the continents of Asia and Australia. Indonesia is the sixth-largest producer of tea worldwide.

The production of tea in Indonesian began with Dutch colonialism in the 1700's, declined after World War II, but revived somewhat beginning in the 1980's.

Indonesia produces mostly black tea, but it does produce some green tea as well. Unlike many tea-producers, most of Indonesia's tea is exported. Most of Indonesia's tea is used in blending, and the country is not well-known as a tea-producing region, but there are a small number of artisan, single-origin teas available from Indonesia.

Climate, geography, and regions

Indonesia has a fully tropical climate, contrasting with the subtropical climates in most of the tea-growing regions of Southeast Asia. The climate is generally humid with very high total rainfall in all regions of the country, but the precipitation is highly seasonal. Tea in Indonesia is primarily grown in the highland areas, with slightly cooler and higher-rainfall conditions.

The seasonality of precipitation varies considerably, and in many regions is different from the pattern of the Asian monsoon that drives tea production in China and India. This drives a different pattern of tea harvests in this region. In Java, where some tea is produced, July through October are usually the driest months. Some regions have a second, brief dry period in March. In other parts of the country, Februrary is the driest month.

Styles of Tea Produced in Indonesia

This is a selection, not an exhaustive listing, of the styles of tea most commonly produced in Indonesia.

Best Indonesian Teas

The notion of the "best" Indonesian teas is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas produced in Indonesia, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

Picture of Java Malabar Plantation Black Tea

Java Malabar Plantation Black Tea

Brand:Simpson & Vail
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
76
3 Ratings
Picture of Sumatra Oolong Barisan

Sumatra Oolong Barisan

Brand:TeaGschwendner
Style:Oolong Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
Picture of TI69: Jolotigo Estate Orthodox Java BT

TI69: Jolotigo Estate Orthodox Java BT

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
Picture of Indonesian Tea

Indonesian Tea

Brand:Mark T. Wendell
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
Picture of TI56: Java Green Gunpowder

TI56: Java Green Gunpowder

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Gunpowder Green Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating

Top-Rated Indonesian Teas

Picture of Java Malabar Plantation Black Tea

Java Malabar Plantation Black Tea

Brand:Simpson & Vail
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
76
3 Ratings

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