The Chinese experts said demand for black tea is growing after India began promoting prime varieties like Darjeeling and Nilgri tea, which have got the attention of the youth. (Agencies)
Demand has risen following the introduction of black tea culture in a predominantly green tea drinking nation.
The demand for Indian tea is expected to touch 100 million kg by 2015, the experts said at the ‘Indian Tea Promotion Seminar and Tea Tasting’ function at the Indian Embassy.
Deputy Ambassador Bala Bhaskar highlighted how the tea, which originated in China, made its way to India just around the time Buddhism from India began making an impression in China.
In some ways China's "cha", which evolved into Indian "chai", helped the vast migration of Indian tea experts and labour to work in plantations abroad decades ago, he said.
"As the largest black tea producer in the world and home to some of the most exclusive and premium brands, India is well positioned to meet Chinese demand," said Namgya Khampa from the embassy's trade and commerce wing.
Indian black tea exports to China amounted to nearly 20 million kg in the past but the figure fell to around 15 million kg last year.
Wu said Chinese urban youth are experimenting with tea, especially the ready-to-drink format, which is one reason why demand for black tea is expected to rise.
The Chinese experts said demand for black tea is growing after India began promoting prime varieties like Darjeeling and Nilgri tea, which have got the attention of the youth.