Wenzhuo Liu and Linda Cebrian Rampen
Het Zuderblad tea plantation is the first tea garden in the Netherlands. Linda Cebrian Rampen is the owner of this tea garden. The tea garden is located in Soerendonk, in the south of the Netherlands, near the Belgian border. Linda’s family has run the farm for generations. As the only daughter of her parents, she inherited the farm and developed a tea garden through her own efforts. After a lot of reading research and travel investigation in the previous two years, Linda successfully achieved the first goal of the tea garden in 2015, planting 120 tea trees for outdoor experiments. In 2017, she planted 2000 tea trees in the second batch, and continued to expand in 2018, planting 1000 more tea trees in the garden. The next batch of tea seedlings of different varieties are cultivated in the greenhouse in order to select tea varieties that are more suitable for the Dutch climate. Linda is confident about the future of her tea garden.
In 2021, 2000 tea trees in the Het Zuderblad tea plantation can be picked, and about 12 kg of finished tea can be produced in one season. Although the production scale is small, it is estimated that the production can reach up to 50-70 kg of dry tea within a few years. Linda thinks that it is unrealistic to realize a large-scale tea production line like China in the Netherlands, and high-quality tea for a small number of people is the ultimate development direction. When visitors visit the Het Zyuderblad Tea Plantation, Linda will show them how the exquisite tea is picked and handmade. Linda believes that her high-quality tea does not need any other combination and addition.
In modern society, it is very convenient to transport good tea from its origin to Europe. Linda believes that these teas not only bring color, fragrance and enjoyment to Holland, but also contribute to the history and culture behind tea. Her tea shop not only sells tea produced by herself, but also supplies tea from China, Japan, India and Taiwan. The tea world is very big and colorful. Linda not only made Dutch tea, but also hopes to develop a real Dutch tea culture. She shared this cup of Dutch tea and hoped that every guest could experience the wonders of the tea world. No regrets will be left for this visit!
<Tea Times 茶博览> July 2021