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How Tea came to Thailand

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The Golden Triangle; where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet has been known as a place for production of poppy seeds for years. In 1980, King Bhumidol Adulyadej encouraged the Hill tribes in Northern Thailand to produce tea instead. He encouraged this by introducing Camelia Sinnensis Assamica seeds from China to the local farmers. The Taiwanese began to invest in these new markets and helped to teach the Hill Tribe peoples how to grow and cultivate the precious tea plants. The mountainous areas outside of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai were found to allow the best growing conditions for the tea. These teas needed time to adapt to the Thai ecosystem, and therefore have taken on their own unique characteristics from the Thai ecology.

The native Assimica teas are used to create the Black teas, while the imported Sinnensis seeds are used to create Oolongs and Green teas. These seeds are unique as they grow naturally in the forests of Northern Thailand. There is no destruction of habitat, and neither fertilizers or pesticides are used. The teas were supported by The King and The Thai Government and have become a huge profitable business for both the farmers and the vendors who sell it locally within Thailand. Currently Thailand produces 40 million kilos of tea annually, with The Thai people using 85% of it. Those same teas are now being brought to you by Love Some Tea, enjoy

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