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Tea in Russia

Approximately 80% of Russians consume tea daily. Russia imports 99% of tea consumed, or 170 000 tonnes for 2010. The main suppliers are Russia Sri Lanka (29% of the Russian market), India (25%) and China and Vietnam (11% each).

The tea market in Russia

Tea is a part of Russian culture. According to a 2005 study, approximately 82% of Russians drink tea every day. Russia, the world's leading importer, consumes more exclusive varieties and more expensive teas and imports 99% of its consumption of tea.

Imports of tea amounted to 176 000 tonnes in 2010 against 180,000 tonnes a year earlier. However, this is not the ACP countries are the main suppliers of Russia but Sri Lanka (29% of the Russian market), India (25%) and China and Vietnam (11% each).

This year Russia intends to develop its crude oil imports to the tea packaging sachet and return the animal to the Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Eastern Europe.

Import duties, currently 0% for raw tea and 15 to 20% for packaged tea will be revised downwards if Russia joined the World Trade Organization (WTO), possibly before the end of the year.

But for now, the industry seeks to develop its imports including Kenya and maintain its purchases from other sources. Note that India, which was once the main supplier of tea, had to reduce its exports to meet its own growing domestic consumption.

History of tea in Russia

At the end of the 18th century, tea prices have declined moderately. The first local tea factory in Russia was installed in the botanical gardens Nikitsk in 1814, while the first industrial tea plantation was established in 1885.

The tea industry did not take off until the First World War and greatly expanded after the Second World War. However, in the mid-1990's, tea production has stopped.

Traditionally, black tea is the most common tea in Russia, but green tea is increasingly popular. The traditional Russian tea includes traditional type known as Russian Caravan name as it was imported from China via camel caravan.

As the journey was very long, usually 16 or 18 months, tea acquired taste smoked feature campfires of the caravan. A notable feature of the tea culture in Russia is the brewing process in two steps.

First, the tea concentrate (Russian: заварка) is prepared : a sufficient amount of dry tea is brewed for many people in a small teapot.

Thereafter, each person pays a certain amount of concentrate into the cup and mixed with hot water, so you can make the tea as strong as you want, depending on his taste.

Sugar, lemon, honey or jam can then be added freely.

Russian tea brands

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