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Winter, 2017 Newsletter - A Modern-Day Tea Journey

"The island of Sri Lanka historically known as Lanka (or Illankai) to the Singhalese and Tamil inhabitants, was called Ceylan by Dutch conquerors of the 17th Century. The British overtook the Dutch in the early 19th century, altered the name to Ceylon, and proceeded to develop coffee, rubber and tea plantations on a massive scale. Upon gaining independence in 1948, the name of the new island-country became Sri Lanka (meaning "auspicious") Lanka, affirming its rich heritage. The coffees produced on the original British plantations - and the teas that replaced those coffees starting in 1860s when devastating disease overcame the coffee trees - are still called Ceylons."

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