CUP CHARACTERISTICS: A full-bodied malty character with some fruity hints. Takes milk very well.
INGREDIENTS: Black tea* *Organic Certified Organic by Pro-Cert Organic Systems (Organic Equivalency with COR, NOP, EU, JAS)
ANTIOXIDANT LEVEL: High
CAFFEINE LEVEL: Medium
Organic tea is produced without the input of chemical fertilizers or pesticides and herbicides. Normally the yield per acre is lower that when fertilizers or others inputs are utilized, and the leaf can be slightly more mixed than non-organic teas. Nevertheless with good manufacturing techniques the cup characteristics can be maintained at a high level - such is the case with this tea. Tanzania is a poor country and the use of pesticides and fertilizers is rare even in the Njombe district. In view of this the step to organic husbandry was fairly simple.
Tanzania is a relatively small producer of tea in world terms. The teas produced are somewhat similar to Kenyan teas in that they have malty tending fruity/flavory characteristics. The production is primarily CTC (cut, torn and curled), which produces a fuller bodied tea but a non-traditional (from a specialty tea perspective) visual appearance. This tea is produced in northern Tanzania close to the Kenyan border and not far from a wild life area called The Ngorongo Crater. The soil conditions and altitude combine to give the tea the flavor notes. It's an interesting and flavorful tea, which is perfect for afternoon tea or early morning 'cuppas'.
IDEAL BREWING TEMPERATURE: 100ºC/212ºF
HOT BREWING METHOD:
Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 7-9oz / 200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea).
ICED TEA BREWING METHOD (Pitcher): (To Make 1 Liter/Quart):
Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea or 6 tea bags into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea or removing the tea bags. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about.)