RwandaWikipedia: Rwanda | Official Government Website: www.gov.rw
Updated: Mar. 17, 2014
Rwanda is located in the tropics at a high elevation. Like much of the surrounding region, it has a bimodal precipitation pattern, with two distinct wet seasons and two dry seasons each year. The precipitation is higher in the west of the country. Tea is a major cash crop in Rwanda, and, together with coffee, is a significant contributor to the country's economy.
Deforestation became a major problem in Rwanda, following the Rwandan Genocide. Refugees from the genocide arrived to the Gishwati Forest and began clearing it for subsistence farming, and the area has been severely degraded by soil loss. A large portion of this region, which was originally a protected forest, is now occupied by tea estates.
Single-origin teas produced in Rwanda are infrequently available in the West; most of the tea from this region is used only in blending.
Styles of Tea Produced in Rwanda
This is a selection, not an exhaustive listing, of the styles of tea most commonly produced in Rwanda.
Best Rwandan Teas
The notion of the "best" Rwandan teas is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas produced in Rwanda, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.