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Tea in Africa

Africa represents only 15% of the world tea production. The major tea producing countries in Africa are Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa and produce about 32% of world exports.

The tea market in Africa

In North Africa, ceremony of mint tea is a gift from Allah so that each fits his life. There are many recipes, with some common characteristics: Frequent use of Gunpowder green tea from China, mint from Morocco (called nana) and a lot of sugar cane in the form of bread.

Tea is generally prepared by the head of the family and served in small glasses mostly colored or decorated with carved motifs and presented with teapot on a tray of copper or silver.

You drink sitting on carpet. The master of the house serves tea tilting teapot high above the glass.

Teas of East Africa (Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Ethiopia, but as Madagascar, etc.) are marketed primarily through weekly auctions in Mombasa, where, for example, 80% of Burundi's tea is sold. However, this year, 75% of tea sold at Mombasa Kenyan teas.

Note that Kenya offers another auction for coffee in Nairobi. Both entities are managed separately but a project to create commodity exchange is under consideration for some time, to save weight on the markets .

These teas then move, in the raw state to be processed in the regions of consumption or Dubai or India for re-export. EATTA considers that the tea sold U.S. $ 3 per kilo Auction of Mombasa will be in European supermarkets five or six times the price

The tea producing countries in Africa

The South africa

South Africa is the only country to produce Roiboos tea. This native of South Africa grows mainly in the mountainous Cederberg region, including Clanwilliam, north of Cape Town. Known and used for hundreds of years by local people, rooibos rise today, with its wide range of benefits, great interest.


Malawi, the twelfth largest in the world, is the second largest tea producer in Africa and the ACP countries. Culture, mainly practiced in the southern regions near Thyolo and Mulanje in the islands of Shire, was severely affected by the drought in early 2010 and an invasion of defoliating caterpillars that destroyed 35,000 hectares, dropping production tea around 40% in January and February and revenue by 25%.

The Burundi

Second source of foreign exchange after coffee, tea cultivation in Burundi employs some 300,000 small farmers who produced 8016 tonnes in 2010 against 7,500 tons in 2009, thanks to good weather and increased fertilizer use. The Office of the Burundian tea (OTB) set of 9 000 tonnes this year, thanks to the better use of inputs. Export earnings totaled U.S. $ 17.9 million in 2010 to 7,188 tons sold, including 80% by sales Mombasa auction, against U.S. $ 15.4 million in 2009 to 6292 tonnes.

The Rwanda

Production in Rwanda is also up to 22 500 tonnes in 2009/10 (June / July) against 20,500 tonnes in the previous season. Its revenue rose 17% to U.S. $ 56 million against U.S. $ 48.9 million. However, border disputes between Pakistan and Afghanistan, its first two customers have reduced the price of U.S. $ 2.8 per kg in early 2009/10 to U.S. $ 2.1 at the end.

The Zimbabwe

Tea cultivation in Zimbabwe has suffered in recent years the lack of funding and the capacity utilization rate is 60%. Political and rainfall levels have reduced returns.

Tea, which is a product "controlled" in Zimbabwe, that is to say its quality and growth of the industry are administered, sells at a price lower than other sources: U.S. $ 1.8-2 kg in May 2011 against U.S. $ 3 on average in the international market. Tanganda Tea, one of the largest local producers, is also known in the Central African market brands and exports worldwide.

African brands of teas

Algerian tea brands

Algerian teas  Link toward the page of tea brands in Algeria

Kenyan tea brands

Kenyan teas  Link toward the page of tea brands in Kenya

Moroccan tea brands

Moroccan teas  Link toward the page of tea brands in Morocco

Senegalese tea brands

Senegalese teas  Link toward the page of tea brands in Senegal

South African tea brands

South African teas  Link toward the page of tea brands in South Africa

Tunisan tea brands

Tunisian teas  Link toward the page of tea brands in Tunisia

The Zimbabwean tea brands

Zimbabwean teas  Link toward the page of tea brands in Zimbabwe

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