Also known as the land of a thousand hills, Tea growing in Rwanda started around 1952 and since then tea growing has increased in importance to the economy. Tea growing currently ranks as the second largest traditional export crop in Rwanda. Located in Central Eastern Africa, Rwanda offers high elevation, tropical highland climate and rich volcanic soil to support its thriving tea gardens. Rwanda's abundance of natural attractions, such as volcanic mountains, deep lakes and wildlife preserves, make it an alluring destination for tourists.
Tea is cultivated mainly on large plantations, which are owned and managed by about a dozen tea factories that process green tea into black tea. Most tea processed in Rwanda is black tea (CTC), however green tea and orthodox tea is also processed in small quantities. The most popular tea sourced from this region is called Rwanda Rukeri, a black tea similar to Assam and Kenyan Teas