TRI participates in the national exhibition at the BMICH
The Tea Research Institute participated in the national exhibition........More >>
Visit of His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena
His Excellency President Maithripala
Year 2017: the year of adoption of integrated measures ..........
First working day celebration of year 2017
High quality St. Coombs tea
It is time to order the best tea you have ever tasted.
High grown factory fresh unblended St. Coombs tea is available at the St. Coombs Tea Centre....
St Coombs achieved all time record price
St Coombs achieved all time record price...........More >>
Report on climate changevulnerability and adaptation strategies for
Tea Research outshines at the Sixth Symposium on Plantation Crop Research
The sixth Symposium on Plantation Crop Research was successfully held at the BMICH during November 3-4, 2016. The theme of the symposium was “Plantation Agriculture t...More >>
Report on climate change vulnerability and adaptation strategies for tea plantations released
A comprehensive report on the impacts of climate change, vulnerability and adaptation strategies for the tea sector in Sri Lanka .....More >>
Low Country Regional Centre & St. Joachim Tea Factory Celebrated 50 years of Services
The TRI Low country Regional Centre and St. Joachim factory celebrated their Golden Jubilee in 2014. Commemorating the Golden Jubilee, a series of events viz. an “Open Day” for stakeholders, felicitation of retired officers with long years of service and religious ...More >>
National project launched for popularizing the use of machines in tea smallholdings sector
Launching the national project for popularizing the use of machineries in tea smallholdings, the Minister of Plantation Industries, Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe handed over 21 million Rupees worth of machines and equipment to 50 societies of tea smallholders and 25 bought leaf t...More >>
Corporate Plan 2013-17
The third revision of the Corporate Plan of the TRISL is now prepared. It embodies the vision of the management, a commitment of its senior managers by way of its mission and of all those involved in making realistic goals and objectives....More >>
Who We Are
The Tea Research Institute (TRI), since its inception in 1925, has been the only national body in Sri Lanka for generating and disseminating new technologies related to tea cultivation and processing. The TRI has always been the driving force behind the numerous successes achieved towards development of the Sri Lankan tea industry over the years. The highly competent staff of the Institute are capable of dealing with ever-changing problems of the industry as they arise.
The TRI was founded in 1925 under the Tea Research Ordinance enacted by Parliament in order to facilitate research into all matters pertaining to tea and thereby enriching the industry through a professional approach to commercial tea cultivation and processing. Mr. R G Coombe is considered as the pioneer to put forward this concept through the Planters’ Association of Ceylon.
The institute had its early beginnings in Kandy which was later moved to Nuwara Eliya along with a representative nucleus of staff who undertook research work in make-shift laboratories with very modest equipment. In December 1929, the Institute was transferred to the present location, at St. Coombs Estate in Talawakelle. In the meanwhile, the institute was able to publish the first local scientific journal on tea research, the Tea Quarterly, in 1928.
The TRI gradually spread into all tea growing areas of the country through the establishment of regional centres in Passara (Uva region) in 1931, Kottawa, (Galle District) in 1960, Kandy (Mid country region) in 1961, Ratnapura (Low country region) in 1963, Deniyaya (Matara and Hambantota Districts) in 1981 and Kalutara (Kalutara District) in 2010.
The two estates, St. Coombs in Talawakelle and St. Joachim in Ratnapura, which are operated under the TRI, are primalily meant to provide facilities to undertake research in cultivation and processing, while attempts are also made to run them as viable units on commercial lines.