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Experience and Recognition

Knowing very well that finding ones passion is one thing and actually putting it to work is another, Dinesh Deheragoda set about realizing his dream of being part of the Ceylon Tea industry with his entry as a professional tea taster way back in 1986.

After having gathered valuable experience working as a tea export Manager, in 1993 Dinesh initiated his own tea export company, Black Tea Exports (Pvt) Ltd. which exports the popular HILLTOP brand of Pure Ceylon Tea.

Dinesh comes from an agriculture related family background; his father having worked in the Department of Agriculture, being in charge of the seed Potato importation in 1949 and later contributed as the Director of the Nuwara Eliya District under the Department of Agriculture, until his retirement in 1983.

This inherited passion for nature and the love for the good earth has been Dinesh’s advantage in his involvement with Ceylon tea. His commitment and passion to tea is so great, he personally takes time to understand the subtlety of tea cultivation, the impact of the soil and climatic conditions on the quality of the tea, the importance of retaining the freshness and purity, ensuring that high quality standards are maintained in the entire process, making certain the blends are perfected, tasting the teas himself and finally stamping the HILLTOP signature as a guarantee of excellence, a promise of an authentic cup of Pure Ceylon Tea… fresh from the garden to the cup.