Produced from purple varietal tea plants, the tea has a unique plum taste alongside its sweet and slightly grassy taste.
Kangaita Tea Factory is a Fairtrade certified tea factory specialising in producing high quality orthodox teas including the processing of purple teas. It is located at a high elevation just above 2,000m and processes the leaves collected from 6,594 small-scale tea growers whose farms have a total tea acreage of 1,077 hectares. It is the farmers themselves who are the shareholders of Kangaita Tea Factory and elect the directors of the factory.
- Smooth texture
- Sweet plum taste with grass notes
Harvest: April 2019
Cultivar: TRFK 306/1
Origin: Kangaita Tea Factory, Mount Kenya Region, Kenya
Sourced: Direct from Kangaita Tea Factory
- Heat water to roughly 80°C/176°F
- Use 1-2 teaspoons per cup/small teapot
- Brew for 1-2 minutes
Packaging: Resealable ziplock bag
Kenyan Purple Tea
Kenyan scientists have spent the past 25 years developing a new tea plant cultivar designed to revolutionise the Kenyan tea industry with TRFK306/1 being the fruition of their work.
The most significant feature of TRFK306/1 is that the tea leaves are purple rather than green which gives the processed tea unique characteristics allowing it to stand out in a crowded and over-saturated tea market, and thus command a higher price compared to other Kenyan cultivars.
In addition to purple leaves commanding a higher price, TRFK306/1 has been developed to be higher yielding and more drought resistant, which is very important for Kenyan farmers who are subject to harsh unpredictable weather patterns.
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