Pagilarang Tea Plantation, Batang, Central Java, Indonesia

Pagilarang Tea plantation is located in Batang Regency, in Blado, Batang regency, Central Java. In 1840, a Dutchman, E Blink cut the trees for quinine and coffee, and later yielded a no-good harvest and then changed with tea plants. Blink then asked a company in Semarang to commercialized, but later it closed down after the factory burnt.

In 1902, the plantation was taken over by By British company and in 1929, the plantation was merged with P&T lands . After Japanese occupation, British overtook the plantation, and there was an agreement that the plantation was given to Gajah Mada University for researche reason in period of Minister Prof Ir Toyib. Later this plantation was taken as Govt company, for commercial and research.

Though the main commodity is tea, the plantation also cultivate coffee, cacao, gloves, and quinine. The plantation covers 1.131 Ha and 700 to 1600 meters elevation, devided in three afdeling where the plants species are adapted to the elecation and soil surface. The plantation has approximately 300o employees, and produces black tea, green tea for local market, 25% and export 75% to USA, Canada, Germany, Japan and Middle East.

The plantation is developed for agrotourism as well beside maintaining as the biggest tea producer in Central Java. It has nice scenery on the north is Dieng mountains, with average temperature 19 degrees. A suitable place for refreshing and rejuvenating. Visitors can see the tea process from harvesting to packaging, walk through the green tea plantation, and see the sunrise or sunset phenomenon. Other nice things to see are Curung Binorong and Curung Kembar, Dutch colonial house, chapel, old cable car and Sijenang water box.