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Discover the Art of Tea Plucking

Discover the Art of Tea Plucking

A Journey Through History

Tea cultivation has thrived in the enchanting region of Gampola, Sri Lanka, since the British introduced it in the nineteenth century, transforming the area into a key tea-producing zone. The region’s tea cultivation history is rich in tradition and competence. Tea plucking in Gampola is more than just an agricultural labour; it is a cultural tradition passed down through generations, creating the area’s character and economics. Mount Havana is happy to be a part of this tradition, upholding the practices that have made Sri Lankan tea world-renowned.

Sri Lanka is the world’s fourth-largest tea producer and second-largest tea exporter, producing approximately 349,308 tonnes per year. Gampola’s lovely climate and lush soils provide ideal circumstances for tea gardens, which cover the undulating hills in vivid green. Over the years, this region has made enormous contributions to Ceylon tea’s popularity, fusing its local heritage with the worldwide tea business and becoming identified with high quality and rich, aromatic tastes.

The Gardens of Mount Havana

Nestled in the middle of Sri Lanka’s verdant tea country, Mount Havana emerges as a haven of luxury and peace, providing a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the world of tea plucking—a cherished ritual that has defined the region’s culture and economy. The villa is a serene haven nestled on 25 acres of gorgeous surroundings, with 8 acres dedicated to tea plantations.

These gardens demonstrate our dedication to sustainability and biodiversity by displaying tea plants that thrive in the region’s rich soil and favourable environment. This boutique villa, nestled against the breathtaking views of the Knuckles Mountain Range and Adam’s Peak, encourages you to immerse yourself in the art of tea plucking, providing an immersive experience that mixes cultural exploration with incomparable luxury. Guests are welcome to roam the gardens and experience the synergy of nature and agriculture.

Discover the Art of Tea Plucking
Discover the Art of Tea Plucking

The Art and Science of Ceylon Tea Plucking

Mount Havana welcomes you inside this bustling village and demonstrates the exquisite craftsmanship that goes into each leaf harvested. The Art and Science of Tea Plucking Ceylon Tea’s distinct flavour is also governed by the fact that it is exclusively handpicked, primarily using the two leaves and bud method, and nearly 93% of Ceylon Tea produced annually is produced using artisanal and orthodox methods, as opposed to the CTC (Crush, Tear, and Curl or Cut, Tear, and Curl) method used globally.

Tea plucking is an intricate art that demands precision and skill. The process of plucking ‘two leaves and a bud’ is more than just a tradition; it demonstrates the craftsmanship that defines the industry. This rigorous process ensures the highest quality tea, which affects the flavour, aroma, and colour of the tea. According to studies, the process of plucking has a significant impact on the tea’s antioxidant content, which is praised for its health advantages ranging from inflammation reduction to heart health enhancement.

From Plucking to Brewing

After the leaves are picked, they begin a transforming journey. At Mount Havana, you can see the phases of drying, fermenting, and roasting, with each step revealing a new layer of scent and flavour. The plucked tea leaves are weighed and accounted for, and then transported to the manufacturer. The leaves are then weighed and collected in coir sacks, transported to the facility, and put out on troughs.

Plucking the leaf begins the withering stage, during which the leaf becomes flaccid and loses water until it reaches a withered moisture content of 55 to 70% by weight, depending on the kind of processing. In the traditional method, fresh leaves are spread by hand in tiny layers onto trays or portions of coarse fabric known as that. It is then allowed to wither for 18 to 20 hours, depending on a variety of conditions such as air temperature and humidity, as well as size and moisture content.

This is then transferred down to a rolling machine, which smashes the withered leaves before sending them through a heated air tunnel to eliminate moisture. The process passes through a rapid sifter, which separates the various mesh sizes. In a tea factory, different tea leaves are tasted and the colour changes are timed. The process culminates in a tasting session, during which you may savour the fresh, vibrant tea that is the direct result of your hard work and learning.

A Hands-on Experience Amidst Luxury

From 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m., Mount Havana provides a unique opportunity to take part in tea plucking. This hour-long event is more than just harvesting tea; it’s also a study of local culture, tea farming, and the art of precision. You’ll discover how the seemingly simple act of plucking a leaf adds to the complicated journey from leaf to cup, which has captivated tea enthusiasts alike.

Tea is more than just a beverage in Sri Lanka; it is a cultural symbol. Our villa experiences are designed to highlight the cultural significance of tea, from ancient ceremonies to everyday rituals centred around this beloved beverage. Participating in tea plucking at Mount Havana allows you to engage with this rich culture.

Interactive Tours and Activities

Aside from tea picking, Mount Havana provides a variety of activities that improve your connection to the local culture and scenery. Experience the epitome of luxury at Mount Havana, where you can indulge in a myriad of activities within the pristine premises. Immerse yourself in bird watching and butterfly spotting, try your hand at bee farming, participate in culinary experiences, or simply relax in the luxurious ambience of the villa, enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds you. In addition, remain active with a game of badminton and maintain your fitness routine. Your days will be filled with unlimited fun and relaxation.

An Invitation to Experience Mount Havana

We invite you to Mount Havana, where the art of tea plucking is just one aspect of a rich tapestry of experiences waiting for you. Whether you want to relax, go on an adventure, or immerse yourself in Sri Lankan culture, our villa provides a one-of-a-kind and unforgettable vacation.

Join us at Mount Havana , where luxury meets heritage and every stay offers the opportunity to have unique experiences. Book your journey with us and enjoy the rich beauty and heritage of Sri Lankan tea culture, all from the comfort of our boutique villa.

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