Hidden among green fields, in the region of Maia (Ribeira Grande) in São Miguel island, Gorreana tea factory is the oldest and currently the only tea plantation in Europe.
I was there in my last visit to the Azores islands. I wanted to see where did the production of this product on the island came from and how is still working today.
Amazingly, this factory, which is also a museum, still operates in full and if you visit it during working hours you can come across with the workers in their daily routines.
In the rooms, the still original 1840 Marshall machines continue playing their role and bags with the finished tea are still on the ground, waiting to be taken to the next step.
Gorreana is proud for not using chemicals in their plants, since the usual pests don’t do well in the climate of the island. So, 100% organic. Nothing like experiencing it in the tasting that follows the end of each visit.
Outside, 32 hectares of plantation originate about 33 tons of tea per year in varieties of black and green. But only a small part of this production stays in the island. Everything else is exported to countries like Germany, USA, Canada, Austria, France, Italy, Brazil, Angola and even Japan, among many others.
Is there any tea lovers out there? Leave your comment about what attracts you most in this product or tips on how to drink it. 😉