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Story of Ceylon tea history

The story of Ceylon tea begins over two hundred years ago, when the country that is now known as Sri Lanka, was still a British colony. Coffee was the dominant crop on the island, and intrepid British men journeyed across oceans to begin a new life on coffee plantations.
However, coffee was not destined to succeed in Ceylon. Towards the close of the 1860's the coffee plantations were struck by Hemileia Vostatrix, coffee rust, better known as coffee leaf disease or 'coffee blight'. As the coffee crop died, planters switched to the production and cultivation of tea.
Experimental planting of tea had already begun in 1839 in the botanical gardens of Peradeniya, close to the royal city of Kandy. These plants had arrived from Assam and Calcutta through the East India Company. Commercial cultivation of tea commenced in Ceylon in 1867. Reflecting on the bold initiative, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stated that, "…the tea fields of Ceylon are as true a monument to courage as is the lion at Waterloo".
James Taylor, a Scotsman, played a significant role in the development of Ceylon Tea. A perfectionist by nature, Taylor experimented with tea cultivation and leaf manipulation in order to obtain the best possible flavour from the tea leaves. Taylor's methods were emulated by other planters and soon, Ceylon Tea was being favourably received by buyers in London, proving that tea could be a profitable plantation crop.
In 1872 the first official Ceylon tea was shipped to England and contained two packages of 23lbs. The first recorded shipment, however, was dispatched to England in 1877 aboard the vessel The Duke of Argyll. By the 1880s almost all the coffee plantations in Ceylon had been converted to tea. British planters looked to their counterparts at the East India Company and the Assam Company in India for guidance on crop cultivation. Coffee stores were rapidly converted to tea factories to meet the demand for tea. As tea production in Ceylon progressed, new factories were constructed and an element of mechanization was introduced. Machinery for factories was brought in from England. Marshals of Gainsborough – Lancashire, Tangyes Machine Company of Birmingham, and Davidsons of Belfast supplied machines that are in use even today.
As Ceylon tea gained in popularity throughout the world, a need arose to mediate and monitor the sale of tea. An auction system was established and on 30 July 1883 the first public sale of tea was conducted. The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce undertook responsibility for the auctions, and by 1894 the Ceylon Tea Traders Association was formed. Today almost all tea produced in Sri Lanka is conducted by these two organizations.

About Us

Strength And Mission

  • Our director's own a state of the art Tea factory and plantation, which will assist our company to give a garden fresh cup of tea at a competitive price
  • Our director's take pride in 20 years of industry experience and representing the 3rd generation of family involved in tea planting, manufacturing and marketing with a history of 90 years.
  • Good financial background.


Use the inherited responsibility and experience, Blended with the modern technology, to provide the best cup of garden fresh tea with a unique Ceylon taste , quality and aroma to all Ceylon tea lovers around the world.
Late Mr.Omer Salih Proprietor Planter/Tea Manufacturer
Founder (1903 – 1989)

Mr.Salih started his planting Tea,Coffee and Spices in 1925 in Kandy and Matale districts. He owned more than 1000 acres. He started his first tea production and tea factory in 1935.
Mr.Najumdeen Salih Proprietor Planter/Tea Manufacturer

Mr.Najumdeen started plantings in 1960s, continuing his father's business. Later owned three tea factories and plantations in Kandy district.
Nafees Najumdeen Director
Prime Tea Ceylon (Pvt)Ltd
Raxawa Tea Factory (Pvt)Ltd
Proprietor Planter/Tea Manufacturer since 1994

Has a good knowledge in all types of Teas. Has a fair knowledge in tea tasting, grading and marketing
Naleem Najumdeen Director
Prime Tea Ceylon (Pvt)Ltd
Raxawa Tea Factory (Pvt)Ltd
Professional tea taster

20 years experience in tea tasting, has worked as a tea broker and auctioneer. Has a good knowledge in all types of teas, manufacturing, grading, blending and marketing.

Health Benefits

Health benefits of black tea

Health benefits of green tea