MalawiWikipedia: Malawi | Official Government Website: www.malawi.gov.mw
Updated: Mar. 17, 2014
In addition to producing a large volume of tea which is sold in bulk and used in blending, Malawi also produces some artisan teas, including white tea, which is a relative newcomer to the tea production scene in regions outside of China and Southeast Asia.
Malawi's climate is tropical but varies with elevation, being hot in the low-lying areas and more moderate at higher altitudes. Rainfall is strongly seasonal, with a number of months with almost no rain in many regions, and a number of months with heavy rain. Only the wetter regions of the country are suitable for growing the tea plant.
Pictured to the right is a tea plantation at the base of Mulanje mountain; this region is home to the Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve, run by a conservation trust, and home to a number of endangered endemic species of plants and animals.
1. FAOSTAT: Production: Crops, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Retrieved Jan. 29, 2010.
Styles of Tea Produced in Malawi
This is a selection, not an exhaustive listing, of the styles of tea most commonly produced in Malawi.
Best Malawian Teas
The notion of the "best" Malawian teas is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas produced in Malawi, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.