AMBA Estate

About AMBA Estate

Amba Estate is a community-run social enterprise. Our organic farm nestles at 1000m, high above the Ravana-Ella waterfalls in the Uva mountains of Sri Lanka.

Our goal is to maximise local incomes, while preserving the natural environment. Our motto is “If it grows, turn it into a product!”. We want to show local farmers that, rather than just selling raw produce to large processors, they can do their own processing to create much higher value products.

As such, we produce a range of artisanal products right on the farm. Amba is most famous for our hand-made teas – we were one of the first estates in Sri Lanka to start hand-rolling black and green teas, more in the style of China or Japan; and our teas have been sold or served in many of the most famous shops and restaurants around the world – from Fortnum & Mason and Claridge’s in London, to Harney’s in New York, Noma in Copenhagen, Camellia Sinensis in Montreal, “bills” in Tokyo, and many others. We also process a range of spices and herbs, including cinnamon, lemongrass, cloves, pepper and more; we wet-process and roast our own coffee and cascara, and we produce a range of jams and chutneys, which we supply to boutique hotels and restaurants around Sri Lanka.

AMBA Estate Hand-Made Teas and Tisanes

All our teas are hand-made on the farm, using only the finest leaves and buds. Like fine wines, our teas vary according to the terroir, cultivar, season and processing method. A founding member of the Ceylon Artisanal Tea Association, Amba is one of a handful of artisanal tea-makers in Sri Lanka today.

We currently produce more than 15 different varieties of teas and tisanes. These include white teas, green teas, an oolong, hand-rolled orange pekoes, a traditional “Thieves’ tea” pounded in a stone mortar, hand-crafted White Tea Stars and Black Tea Gems, and a range of chais and flavoured black teas, using herbs and spices grown on the farm. We also produce several tisanes, most notably our famous lemongrass tisane, and our blue butterfly peaflower and lemongrass infusion.

Since we hand-make all our products using fresh local ingredients, we only produce very small quantities, and availability varies according to the season. We often have a backlog of orders, so we recommend that customers order as far in advance as possible. For some products, we also set a Maximum Order Quantity – so that we have enough to go around for everyone!

Our teas are now sold by fine tea merchants in more than 20 countries, including the US, Canada, South Africa, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, Lithuania, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, India and New Zealand.

If you are a retailer or restauranteur or an individual fan and you would like to check availability and prices or place an order, please email us at

Neethanjana & Simon