Indonesia consumes 1 lb of tea per capita per year.
The favorite tea of Indonesians is Black tea, but they also like jasmine and vanilla flavored teas.
People of all social classes drink tea in Indonesia, and although they drink tea in the morning, this tradition is not connected to a specific time of the day.
History of Tea in Indonesia
Tea arrived in Indonesia quite early, at the beginning of the 1600s. The Dutch introduce the tea to Indonesian people wanting to copy the Brits and their tea plantations in India.
The first teas, of course, were brought from China as anywhere else in the world. However, the teas from India such as Assam were more suitable for the hot and humid climate of Indonesia.
Soon after its introduction, tea became quite popular among all social classes and it was never considered a special ritual like for example, in Japan.
Everyone in Indonesia drinks tea, at any time of the day. Tea is so incorporated into the lives of Indonesian people that it makes an inseparable part of their tradition.
Tea Culture in Indonesia
Indonesians start the day with tea. They consume it from ceramic, clay, porcelain, or any type of cups.
The tea is drunk hot, iced, plain, sweetened, with lemon, and any other way a person prefers.
It’s an excellent refreshment for any time of the day and they drink it with every meal. It’s something like the Western culture of drinking mineral water with food.
Every Indonesian region is popular for tea consumption, so they don’t even pay too much attention to it. It’s just part of their everyday life and that’s it.
When visiting a friend’s home, a shop, a restaurant, or during a business meeting, people always offer a cup of tea, and it’s impolite to refuse it.
Indonesian tea is black and strong, representing a symbol of hospitality and vitality.