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Tea in Portugal – Chá em Portugal

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Did you know there is a Tea Plantation in Portugal? To be more exact in the Azores – The Azores are an archipelago of nine islands situated in the mid-Atlantic Ocean and Tea is produced in the island of S. Miguel.

It is believed that Tea was introduced in Azores in 1755, however, it was not until 1820 that initial trials for commercial production started. At the moment, there are two factories still in operation – The Gorreana (founded in 1883) and Porto Formoso (which reopened in 2001). The Gorreana is the larger plantation, of about 50 hectares (equivalent to 124 acres). They mainly produce black Tea, but there is also a limited quantity of green Tea being produced.

The black Tea from Gorreana comes in three different grades: Orange Pekoe, Pekoe and Broken leaf. Their green Tea is known as Hysson.

When you visit Azores, (which is really worth it!), You should organise a Tea Tour to one of the factories. The best time to go is between April and September, where you can see the Tea being processed – witted, rolled, fermented and dried.

Unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to visit our Portuguese plantations yet. However, a very good friend visited recently and shared some pictures! Thank you!

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For more information please check their websites: http://www.chaportoformoso.com/
http://www.gorreana.net/

Happy Tea Break,
Mariana!
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Chá em Portugal

Sabia que existe uma plantação de Chá em Portugal? Mais concretamente na ilha de São Miguel nos Açores.

Pensa-se que o Chá foi introduzido nos Açores em 1750. No entanto, só em 1820 se começa a produzir Chá para fins comerciais. Neste momento, existem duas fábricas activas – a Gorreana (fundada em 1883) e a de Porto Formoso (reaberta em 2001). A plantação Gorreana é a maior das duas, tendo cerca de 50 hectares. O Chá produzido é maioritariamente preto, sendo que também se produz uma quantidade limitada de Chá verde.

São produzidos três tipos de Chás preto na plantação Gorreana: Orange Pekoe (preto aromático, com um nível intermediário de Teína), Pekoe (com o maior teor de teína) e Broken leaf (com o menor teor de teína). Relativamente ao Chá verde, a Gorreana produz o Chá verde tradicional e Chá verde especial, que é mais aromático que o primeiro.

Quando for aos Açores, pode organizar uma visita a qualquer uma das plantações. A melhor altura é entre April e Setembro, podendo assistir a todas as fases de produção do chá. Infelizmente ainda não tive a oportunidade de visitar as plantações portuguesas, no entanto, um grande amigo esteve agora nos Açores e mandou-nos umas fotografias. Obrigado!

Para mais informações visite os seguintes websites: http://www.chaportoformoso.com/
http://www.gorreana.net/

Mariana!

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One thought on “Tea in Portugal – Chá em Portugal

  1. Hello, I like your article. Please make sure when you visit the Azores you stop by the tea plantations..if you do, you will see Gorreana is the only working Tea Factory and Plantation.. Porto Formoso is a tourist stop to talk about Azores tea, since it once was a tea factory from 1920-1980. It was closed for over 20 years and re opened with Government subsadies and RE NAMED not to confuse people with it being a working factory…THAT IS WHY YOU SEE NO WORKING MACHINES just old antiques..The Tea they Sell at Cha Porto Formoso comes from Africa..They only have a small Ornamental Garden, Gorreana’s is the historic tea Plantation and factory its gardens are used for tea not just to pick a couple leafs off the plant like at porto formoso. I am going to post my youtube Video I made from MY trip to the Azores to show people that it’s not a working tea factory, only Gorreana is.