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Tea is the most widely consumed beverage across the globe, second only to water, and can be found almost anywhere in almost every country. Tea has long been associated with health benefits, with some forms of tea even being classified as medicinal. Tea has also become a fundamental item amongst a number of cultures with events such as tea parties, afternoon tea and tea ceremonies. From Europe to the Far East, and back to Indonesia, drinking tea is not limited to tradition but rather a daily habit.
There arenumerous types of tea, thousands of plantations and even more brands, and while it may be hard to say which tea is the best, there is no doubt that KayuAro Tea is ranked among the highest levels of quality and taste in the world. Grown in the highlands of the Kerinci Province, Kayu Aro is packaged and sold around the world, oncethe favorite amongst royalty in The Netherlands and The United Kingdom. The plantation is located in Kerinci Valley, Sungai Penuh, Jambi, Sumatera.
The Kayu Aro plantation was the first tea plantation in Indonesia. It was started by a Dutch East Indies company in 1925, during the colonial period and was later taken over by the Indonesian Government in 1959. Kayu Aro is the second largest tea plantation in the world after the Darjeeling Tea Plantation in India. It sits at an altitude of 1,600 meters above sea level and covers approximately 2,500 hectares. The tea grown in KayuAro is orthodox tea, or black tea as it is better known.
The process of tea making in Kayu Aro is still highly traditional. No preservatives or dyes are added, and additionally, workers are forbidden the use of cosmetics while processing the tea.
Each year, Kayu Aro Tea Plantation produces 5,500 tons of black tea. The highest grade is exported to Europe, the Middle East, United States and Asia, while the lower grades are sold locally.
Getting to Kayu Aro Tea Plantation follows the same route as the path to Mount Kerinci in the direction of Sungai Penuh. The two closest airports to Sungai Penuh, capital city of Kerinci District, are Jambi and Padang.
Getting to Sungai Penuh from Jambi city takes about 10 hours by car over a distance of approximately 500 km. This can be done using public transportation or rental car. Jambi airport serves just Jakarta and Batam.
The alternative route through Padang is much faster, at a total distance of under 300 kilometers. Sungai Penuh can be reached via public transport, car rental or private car, and should take between 5-6 hours. Minangkabau International Airport in Padang serves Jakarta, Medan, Pekanbaru, Batam and Kuala Lumpur.
Kayu Aro is about an hour’s drive from Sungai Penuh.