Since our advent in 1977 as a tea company, Stassen has evolved into a diversified group complete with a portfolio that spans a broad spectrum of ventures.
From the time of Stassen Exports’ inception our tea enterprise has burgeoned with a versatile product range exported to over 80 countries across five continents as bulk, tea bags, packeted tea, and specialty packs. In striving for excellence the accomplishments along the way remain a testament to our success.
Stassen pioneered the commercially viable production of Green tea in Sri Lanka as well as the manufacture of Organic Black, Organic Green and Organic handmade teas. Being awarded the Presidential Export Award for five consecutive years is an affirmation of our uncompromising efforts. These accomplishments are complemented by other pioneering ventures such as being the first Sri Lankan producer certified by Demeter (Germany) for engendering Biodynamic agricultural practices. Adopting state-of-the-art and eco-friendly production methodologies has further elevated Stassen Tea to stand out in an age-old global industry.
It was as early as in 1982 that we, Stassen Exports, gained recognition amongst industry giants, earning our place as the fifth largest exporter of quality tea from Sri Lanka. Six years later we earned distinction as the country’s leading exporter. In 1987, through Stassen Natural Foods, we proudly established the world’s first internationally certified organic tea garden, thereby becoming the first manufacturer of certified organic tea in the world. With an annual production of 200 tonnes, we are one of the largest organic tea producers in the world.
Our Stassen branded tea is available in our newly designed and eye-catching package, and include traditional pure Ceylon black tea, green tea, flavoured tea, herbal infusions, organic tea and ready to drink iced tea variants. Luxury gift packs and purpose built caddies are marketed for a variety of tea. Corporate clients can also take the opportunity to create their own private label gift packs or custom made packages according to their individual requirements.
Across the globe, Stassen tea is now served in a number of leading hotel chains, restaurants, exclusive tea boutiques and cafes. We are committed to assisting our food service and Horeca clientele in creating an exceptional pure Ceylon tea experience for their discerning guests. Accordingly, we aim to create bespoke blends and packaging to suit the individual needs of this segment.
Through sustained innovation and continuous investments in all aspects of the trade has helped us at Stassens to mark our position as a trailblazer in the industry. Stassen looks back at its heritage with greater determination to improve existing products and introduce those that are desired by a steadfast clientele in this everchanging global environment.
Forty years on and continuing, we still remain as one of the leading exporters of Pure Ceylon tea to the world market, whilst we continue to build a remarkable and privileged association with premium quality Pure Ceylon Tea that has won the trust and acceptance of our loyal customer base.
To make the perfect brew, superior quality, high, medium and low grown teas of Sri Lanka are cultivated at our own plantations that total 20,000 ha. Aside from gaining renown as the award winning producer of the finest quality tea of an eclectic range, Stassen also account for some of the finest tea plantations in Asia. Lush expanses of our tea estates can be found in the Central, Uva, and Sabaragamuwa provinces – varied altitudes which yield tea's of different flavours. Some of the prestigious tea estates under our stewardship include Kirkoswald, Pettiagalla, Gowerakelle, Idulgashinna, Kew, Theresia, Cicilton, Wewessa, Mahadowa and El-Teb.
The Art of Tasting
Tea tasting can be described as an art. Essentially it is an art of association that involves five main steps. First, is the examining of dry leaves, followed by the brewing of leaves at the appropriate time and temperature, next, observing the tea and smelling the tea, and finally, tasting the tea.
The leaves’ characteristics are a good indicator of the quality of the liquor to be brewed and one of the initial steps is to ensure that the tea being brewed is of the right kind. While the leaves should be consistent with one another, the size must be measured as it will influence the quality of tea. Furthermore, the aroma of dried leaves affords a preview of the liquor’s taste. Following these initial steps of ascertaining the quality and freshness, the tea is brewed. The temperature of the water may be varied with the type of tea, however, the ratio of tea to water remains constant. The colour of the tea is an indication of whether the tea has been brewed correctly. And it is the brewed tea leaves that the Tasters inhale to identify the smell of tea. Aromatic compounds vaporise fast, releasing the smell, and the tea taster must inhale deeply and repeatedly to correctly identify the scents.
To taste the tea, the Taster does not drink it, but rather slurps it to aerate the tea and allow more aromas to come in contact with the olfactory region. This way the tea is not only tasted but its aroma inhaled as well to help correctly determine the body and flavour of the liquor.
"The Stassen Chai Spice Tea is absolutely out of this world!. A perfect brew for the winter"
"First discovered this tea at a local Thai restaurant - my friends and I raved about how fragrant the tea is. Then looking closely, noticed they were just using tea bags. Wrote down the "Stassen Jasmine Green Tea" name and found it on Amazon. What a great deal, and it was delivered promptly And the tea tastes just like at the restaurant. Like any tea, don't let it seep too long in your cup or it'll get bitter. Obviously, 100 bags is a lot but it's packaged in 25 so it's great to give away to your friends -- and save one for yourself!"
"I have tried other brands of tea. Brands that claim to be the best but there is only one best tea that I ever drink and that is Stassen tea for sure."
"Stassen Jasmine Green Tea is one of the best tasting teas I have ever had! It is very fragrant and has a very relaxing effect. I suggest this for an early evening or after dinner tea break."
The Artisans of Perfect Teas
A forty year plus distinguished association with premium quality Pure Ceylon tea has helped create a remarkable brand name that has won the trust of tea aficionados in over eighty countries where Stassen Tea is marketed.
Balangoda Plantations PLC
Achieving excellence in the cultivation and processing of tea and rubber, Balangoda Plantations PLC owns 22 Estates, consisting of over 9,000 ha and is highly regarded for its fine quality tea and strong rubber grades. Spread out across the renowned Uva and Sabaragamuwa tea producing regions lie prestigious tea estates such as Pettiagalla, Gowerakelle, Cecilton and Wewesse, each with a rich and distinct tea history.
Madulsima Plantations PLC
Producing unique seasonal tea, Madulsima is a pace-setter in the plantation industry. Comprising 12 estates with over 5,505 ha of land, the estates include the most distinguished and noteworthy Kirkoswald – a picturesque tea estate located in the Dimbulla / Bogawantalawa region, producing prize-winning black teas with bright liquors consistently sought after by the world’s tea connoisseurs. Other noteworthy estates situated in the Bogawantalawa and Uva regions include the lush Kew, Theresia, El-Teb and Mahadowa tea estates.
State-Of-The-Art Green Tea Factory
Stassen pioneered the commercially viable production of green tea in Sri Lanka in 1982. Today, the Gowerakelle tea estate houses our innovative, state-of-the-art green tea processing factory. Located in the world-famous Uva tea-growing region, the Gowerakelle green tea factory is situated at an elevation of 1280m and engages in the production of superior quality green tea. Gowerakelle green tea is processed either by way of the traditional Chinese method of panning or the traditional Japanese method of steaming.
Idulgashinna Organic Tea Garden by Stassen
Stassen Natural Foods (Pvt) Ltd is the pioneer producer of certified Organic Tea worldwide, and the tradition of certified organic cultivation continues today at the Idulgashinna Bio Tea Garden, which produces the best quality Organic Black Tea, Organic Green Tea, and Handmade Organic Designer Tea varieties. Classified as Uva High at an elevation of 1800m, the estate is found within Haputale in the Uva Province. The green and black teas harvested from the upper ranges possess a sharp and refreshing taste.
Modern Tea-Bagging Facility
Stassen’s mechanical tea-bagging operation was initiated in 1981. Today, it is fully-equipped with the latest technology delivering all our international quality, modern and innovative tea packaging solutions. As a private label packer with reputed clients across the USA, Japan and Europe, we take pride in specifically catering to our clients’ requirements. With an array of specialty packaging and elegant private label gift pack options, tea can also be presented in String and Tag tea bags, Paper Enveloped or Foil Enveloped tea bags (with or without staple), Pyramid tea bags and Pot tea bags in retail packs of 10, 20, 25, 50, 100 tea bags and catering packs of 500 and 1000 tea bags.
Fairtrade Certified Tea
Stassen remains deeply committed to ensuring the welfare of our plantation employees. Classified as Uva High at an elevation of 1800m, the celebrated Idulgashinna Bio Tea Garden located in Haputale of the Uva Province, supports ongoing community well-being and development programmes through the Bio Tea Project instituted in 1992. Stassen Natural Foods (Pvt) Ltd (Idulgashinna Bio Tea Garden) is Fairtrade certified by FLO-CERT GmbH. The Idulgashinna Bio Tea Garden produces a range of organic black tea, organic green tea, organic flavoured tea, and organic handmade designer tea, renowned for their refined quality.