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Top 15 Countries that Produce the Most Tea

Can you name the fifteen countries that produce the most tea?
For the year 2019, according to FAOSTAT
Quiz by Gamer1162
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Last updated: March 31, 2021
First submittedDecember 8, 2016
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Metric Tons
Country
2,792,000
China
1,390,000
India
459,000
Kenya
300,000
Sri Lanka
269,000
Vietnam
261,000
Turkey
138,000
Indonesia
132,000
Myanmar
Metric Tons
Country
90,800
Iran
90,700
Bangladesh
85,700
Argentina
81,700
Japan
73,500
Uganda
63,100
Tanzania
58,800
Thailand
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Level 74
Dec 8, 2016
Kenya!? Wow.
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Level 87
Dec 9, 2016
That's what I missed too.
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Level 70
Dec 9, 2016
I didn't think that one was the most surprising. I'd heard of Kenyan Tea even before i went there. Iranian, Turkish and Vietnamese Tea on the other hand....
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Level 69
Dec 9, 2016
Turkish tea is pretty famous, very strong and black. Got several boxes when I visited a few years ago.
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Level 80
Nov 29, 2018
Most bulk tea in Turkish shops isn't from Turkey though.
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Level 75
Nov 30, 2018
Looks like Iran got bumped off the list. But they still drink oodles of tea, so I'm more surprised that they're gone. Really good tea in little glass cups, with all kind of fancy sugar cubes. Beautiful samovars too. And Iran has a lot of land that's great for growing tea. Lots of independent growers.
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Level 77
Mar 10, 2019
Turkey produces great apple tea.
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Level 67
Oct 13, 2019
Turkish makes sense in hindsight, as does sri lanka... you know ceylon tea.. Cant believe I missed that.. no idea about vietnam and burma though. (or kenya and argentina tbh, I guessed those, though there might ve been something in the back of my mind because I hardly guessed any others, tried southafrica but that was because of rooibos and brazil cause well it is big)
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Level 67
Oct 13, 2019
@redsplat drinking it doesnt mean a thing or the uk would be nr 1. And tea is quite big in the netherlands aswell not sure if it is more than in say belgium or denmark though, but for most it is a daily thing, though coffee clearly wins out.
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Level 51
Oct 28, 2021
@Algernon i mean vietnam was a preatty obvious one to try, as a big country next to china.
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Level 69
Dec 9, 2016
I was halfway through typing Kenya when time ran out, but it was a random guess. Missed that one and Iran.
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Level 64
Feb 17, 2017
I knew some African country was probably going to be on the list because of Rooibos tea. Guessed South Africa first.
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Level 62
Feb 18, 2017
except rooibos isn't a kind of tea, although a tea-like drink is often made from it.
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Level 51
Feb 18, 2017
South Africa produces a lovely tea called KwaZulu from the KwaZulu Natal, but is unfortunately not that easy to get (outside the country). Tanzania and Rwanda also produce very good teas.
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Level 44
Feb 24, 2017
Rooibos tea. Very popular.
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Level 59
Mar 11, 2019
Kenya is well-known for its tea (at least if you've grown up in a tea-drinking society like Britain or Ireland)
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Level 51
Oct 28, 2021
This was super hard until i realized the UK created an empire with the sole porpose of getting more tea.
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Level 73
Feb 17, 2017
Argentina? Surprising.
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Level 81
Feb 17, 2017
Only if you consider "mate" to be tea...
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Level 60
Feb 17, 2017
with mate you chew the leaves
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Level 37
Feb 17, 2017
No, not really! Mate is the drink, you mean "yerba". But there are different things because of diferent process to get the final result
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Level 35
Feb 17, 2017
jajaco2017, sorry, you're wrong. chewing the leaves is a tradition in Inca Countries such as Bolivia(mainly), Peru and Ecuador. In Argentina, Uruguay and south of Bazil(although in other parts of the country some people like me :o) also enjoy it) the traditional tea is "erva mate", the one used to make the famous "chimarrão". In Paraguay they like the tea of a similar leave which they call "tereré". People have it everywhere in Paraguay at any time of the day, in spite of the heat, having their hot tea calmly as if the world had stopped.
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Level 68
Feb 20, 2017
1. Mate doesn't involve chewing the yerba leaves. You're probably confusing yerba with coca leaves, which are an Andean thing, mostly Bolivian and Peruvian if I'm not mistaken.

2. Tereré is a cold preparation of yerba leaves. It's prepared very similarly to mate, but with ice water. Paraguayans still call it mate when it's hot. Argentinians from the fart north also drink tereré and sometimes even use cold juice or soda in place of the ice water.

3. Paraguayans drink mate any time in the winter, but in summer it's typically only early in the morning or late at night. Tereré is way more common any other time of day in summer.

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Level 55
Mar 18, 2018
No shingen, Argentina is a great producer of tea, not only yerba mate.
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Level 73
Mar 28, 2022
I was wondering how coca might be counted. Of course, not all coca leaves are destined for tea. They're chewed or processed too. My guess is that a very small percentage of the coca used in tea is counted, since very little of it would be legally exported or processed nationally. I guess even if it was all counted, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador still probably wouldn't make the list.
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Level 73
Nov 29, 2018
And it surprised me again. Damn.
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Level 53
Feb 17, 2017
8 of these countries being Asian doesn't really surprise me.
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Level 82
Feb 17, 2017
But 2 of these countries not being Asian... a whole different story.
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Level 52
Feb 17, 2017
This quiz is quali-tea
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Level 33
Feb 17, 2017
nice.
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Level 58
Feb 17, 2017
quizzmaster did "tea" it up ideally,... but your swing at it was pre-tea good :-)
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Level 77
Feb 17, 2017
I missed three. Really tea-ed me off.
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Level 55
Apr 1, 2021
I'm surprised, that East Tea-More didn't make the list...
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Level 64
Feb 17, 2017
Tough quiz, nice one
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Level 60
Feb 17, 2017
I goTEA them all :-)
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Level 67
Feb 17, 2017
Turkey and Iran slipped my mind, couldn't land an African country in time ;
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Level 40
Feb 17, 2017
Got all but Turkey
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Level 44
Feb 17, 2017
Missed India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka
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Level 84
Mar 18, 2018
If anyone else is interested what the value of "all the tea in China is" I calculated it out using a value of 28 cents per kilo and came up with $484 million US. Assuming that these are English and not metric tons. So the next time someone says they wouldn't do something for all the tea in China, counter with "of course not. But would you do it for four hundred and eighty FIVE million dollars?"
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Level 49
Mar 18, 2018
I missed a few because I was for some idiotic reason thinking that Madagascar was near a certain subcontinent.. and not by Africa. LOL
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Level 90
Aug 24, 2018
Kenya makes sense due to the plantations from British colonalists. Interestingly while doing this I am drinking Mongolian tea, and realise just how unusual it is to actually have it, as they don't make the list.
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Level 73
Mar 10, 2019
Mongolian? I had no idea it was even possible to grow tea there. Mongolia doesn't really grow much of, well... anything.
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Level 14
Sep 7, 2018
Haha, China and Japan are what I got. Yep, that's me with an IQ of 273! XD Yeah, right.
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Level 59
Nov 30, 2018
Tried UK for fun
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Level 59
Mar 11, 2019
There is some tea grown in the UK (in Cornwall and I think there's a small plantation on the west of Scotland, at least there was one).
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Level 59
Dec 29, 2019
I'm not sure if it's also the case in Yorkshire
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Level 43
Apr 3, 2022
That's the name of a brand, not where the tea is grown.
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Level 67
Mar 10, 2019
Argentina? I wonder if anyone gets that one right the first time? This country is deep in coffee country.
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Level 73
Apr 11, 2022
Why can't you have both tea and coffee?

Also, what does "deep in coffee country" even mean? If you're implying geographical/climate similitude, that only applies to the northeast of the country. You see, despite popular belief, South America is not all jungle.

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Level 52
Mar 10, 2019
ArgenTEAna
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Level 69
Mar 10, 2019
A clarification in the instructions as to what is meant by "tea"--black only? green? white? rooibos? herbal? matte?--would be helpful.
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Level 59
Mar 11, 2019
Any infusion made from the camelia sinensis plant. In other words, white, green, black, oolong, Pu-erh teas, amongst others. Not rooibos (a different plant), not mate (a different plant), not herbal (very many different types of plant...!).
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Level 67
Oct 13, 2019
Tea is a plant (shrub), so the color or matter of harvesting does not matter (obviously) Nor does the flavours that are added to it afterwards. Plain and simple.

rooibos is a different plant, and herbs obviously are, in every day speech (a lot of) people call them tea, but technically they arent. They are infusions used in the same way as tea, but with different plants. If it is not made of tea(leaves) it isnt really tea. (but it is easy to call em that, I usually do aswell, though I know the distinction, "do you want an herbal infusion?" sounds kinda I dont know what, but you are bound to get some funny looks ;) )

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Level 59
Dec 29, 2019
Laughs in British
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Level 53
Jul 1, 2020
Amazed that Indonesia and Vietnam are so much more guessed than Kenya. It's not like you can just go to any old supermarket and get a box of Indonesian or Vietnamese tea... at least not around here!
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Level 49
Nov 17, 2020
IMPOSSIBLE UK ISN'T ON THIS
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Level 78
Apr 1, 2021
0.02% of the world's tea acreage.

https://tregothnan.co.uk/tea-plantations/

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Level 43
May 29, 2021
Why would it be? The climate in the UK is nothing like that of the other countries on this list.
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Level 39
Feb 4, 2021
Where is Brazil?? They produce much coffee too.
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Level 73
Feb 5, 2021
South America.
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Level 86
Apr 1, 2021
Nestled snugly in between Uruguay and Suriname.
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Level 36
Mar 30, 2021
I missed only Kenya
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Level 51
Apr 1, 2021
Is this a joke?
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Level 57
May 28, 2021
Ummm, there's more than ten countries on the quiz
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Level 22
May 28, 2021
there are 15
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Level 60
May 28, 2021
The title and the description are pretty contradictory.
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Level ∞
May 28, 2021
Fixed
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Level 22
May 28, 2021
Thailand wow! I didn't know it was there
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Level 61
May 28, 2021
I love bubble tea.
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Level 25
May 28, 2021
I stopped Playing When Neither Uk Or France Worked..
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Level 59
May 28, 2021
When UK isnt accepted
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Level 43
May 28, 2021
WHERE IS THE UK
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Level 43
May 29, 2021
In a part of the world where it's difficult to grow the plant!
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Level 66
May 28, 2021
Surprised that Brazil isn't in here. Erva mate is very common near Paraguayan/Argentinian borders
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Level 73
Apr 11, 2022
that's not tea.
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Level 71
Mar 29, 2022
At UK strength China produces enough tea yearly for 1,396,000,000,000 cups of tea.