Bolivia consumes 0.3 lb of tea per capita per year.
The most popular tea in Bolivia is called Té con té, meaning literally ‘tea with tea’.
It’s made of Black tea, lime, cinnamon, and a splash of local brandy. It’s consumed warm.
History of Tea in Bolivia
The first tea farms in Bolivia were founded in 1925 but didn’t have success due to the high elevation.
In 1948, tea farms in the Mapiri region started growing Black tea and are still active today.
Today, Bolivia produces 1,192 tonnes of Black tea per year, being the 33rd largest tea exporter in the world.
Tea Culture in Bolivia
Bolivians love tea. Their favorite warm beverage is Té con té, which is a strong Black tea infused with cinnamon, lime, and local brandy called Singani.
This popular warm beverage can be purchased at any cafe, restaurant, or street cart, all across the green Andean country.
The high altitudes of Bolivia require the local population to keep warm and the best way to do so is by consuming Té con té a couple of times a day.
Té con té is served alone or with the most important meal of the day in Bolivia, almuerzo (lunch), which is usually chunky pork stew and potatoes.
Bolivians also drink plain Black tea or infused with ginger and cinnamon.
The country is the fourth-largest tea consumer in South America after Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay.