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Russian Women Warm Up With Russian Tea

14. December 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

Tea is the most popular non-alcoholic beverage in Russia and Ukraine, especially during the frigid winter months. 82% of Russians consume tea daily, according to a 2005 study. Russian ladies enjoy tea anytime, anywhere, and the warm, comforting drink is always offered to guests who stop in for a visit.

 

International Tea Day is a fairly new holiday. It has been celebrated since 2005 by many of the tea producing countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Uganda, India and Tanzania. However, despite the cold climate, Russians have been growing their own teas since 1905 with the help of Ukrainian peasant Judas Antonovich Koshman. In fact, Russia is home to the northernmost tea plantation in the world.

 

Koshman worked for a tea factory in Adjara, a region south of Sochi that was plentiful in tea production. He brought seeds of tea plants to Sochi, where he developed a brand that was resistant to the cold weather and had a rich taste. Krasnodarskiy Tea is still the most prominent Russian-grown tea today. However, Russians enjoy teas from all over the world, as they are one of the largest importers of the beverage.

 

A 30 minute drive from Sochi, west along the Black Sea coast, takes travelers up into the hills of Dagomys, Russia’s tea capital. The Dagomys Tea Plantation is the northernmost tea plantation in the world and visitors can view the working fields from May through October. There is also a small museum of samovars, the famous Russian water boilers.

 

The best part of the tea plantation tour is the stop at the Tea Chalet, where freshly grown tea is brewed for everyone to sample. Homemade pies, cookies, and other sweet treats are also served by Russian women in traditional costumes. While guests enjoy the tea and pastries, Russian folklore performers entertain with song and dance.

 

Are your hot Russian brides staying warm this winter with Russian tea?

  

Dagomys Tea Chalet

Russian samovar

Sochi Tea House

Russian women love Russian tea!

Krasnodarskiy Tea