Almost everything we buy has a Made In China stamp on it these days. You might think it is all one way traffic, but you’d be wrong. When it comes to buying quality the Chinese prefer to buy Western goods. Cars, brand clothing, wines, design furniture and so on. We can add Briitsh tea to that list. The Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall is bucking an historic trend by growing tea in England and exporting almost half of it abroad, including to tea-growing nations like China and India.

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Evelyn Boscawen (L) and his wife Katharine, pose for a photograph at their home, the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall, January 14, 2013. Tregothnan is bucking an historic trend by growing tea in England and exporting almost half of it abroad, including to tea-growing nations like China and India. Owned by a descendant of 19th century British Prime Minister Charles Grey, after whom the Earl Grey tea blend was named, the Tregothnan estate has been selling tea since 2005 and currently produces around 10 tonnes a year of tea and infusions. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Goldsworthy picks tea leaves at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Deer gather at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Goldsworthy holds a basket with tea leaves at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Production manager Eyers and tea volunteer Bowden work in a drying room at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Tea volunteer Bowden smells Manuka in a drying room at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Production assistant Keenor works on a tea machine at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Production assistant Bryan packs loose tea leaves into a bag in a laboratory at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Production assistant Keenor drinks a cup of tea in the staff room during a break at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Estate assistant Odvide packages tea at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Estate assistant Odvide leaves a laboratory at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Production manager Eyers cuts a Manuka plant at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Keverne walks past a gate after picking tea leaves at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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An employee prepares an online order at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwal. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Buttons are seen on a jacket in an office at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Estate assistant Odvide labels tea packages at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Marketing officer Keverne drinks a cup of tea in an office at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Estate assistant Odvide labels tea packages at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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A cup of tea is seen on an office table at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Estate assistant Odvide drinks a cup of tea in the staff room during a break at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Bags hang in an office at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwall. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Tea packages are displayed in a shop at the Tregothnan Estate near Truro in Cornwal. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Tregothnan British tea is seen at a tea house in the Hongqiao Antique and Tea Center in downtown Shanghai. CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS

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Customers wait as Li Ding prepares Tregothnan British tea at her tea house in the Hongqiao Antique and Tea Center in downtown Shanghai. CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS

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Shen Jun Yi drinks Tregothnan British tea at a tea house in the Hongqiao Antique & Tea Center, downtown Shanghai. CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS

Feb 06, 2013