RateTea Launches Interactive Map of Tea-Producing Regions
RateTea has launched an interactive map of the world's tea-producing regions, integrated with an encyclopedia with articles on each region, and reviews and listings of single-origin teas produced in each country and subregion.
By: RateTea / Merit Exchange LLC
Six major tea growing countries, China, India, Japan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Kenya, currently dominate coverage on the site. But the map also aims to draw attention to single-origin teas grown in less well-known regions, including Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Colombia, Ecuador, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, Bangladesh, and others.
There is also a special subregion map for China, viewable by clicking on China.
Viewable on mobile, best on desktop
The map is viewable and clickable on mobile devices, but its richest features are only available on the web. For users with older technology that does not properly render SVG files, or mobile users with small screens for which the map is hard to click, the site still maintains a full list of all tea-producing countries with text-only links.
Aims and purpose of the map
Through the map, RateTea aims to draw attention to single-origin artisan teas, pure teas of named varieties that highlight the unique traditions of production, and influences of climate and geography on tea production. These teas not only represent the richest element of food and drink culture, but also help to address sustainability and human welfare issues, as artisan teas typically result in a higher portion of the final retail price reaching the farmers, contrasting with flavored teas and blends where a greater portion of the profit is taken by resellers, blenders, or marketers in wealthier Western countries.
View and explore the map:
View and explore the map of China and its tea-growing provinces:
Founder and Editor, RateTea