Kenya's Tea growing regions are endowed with ideal climatic conditions that are tropical and volcanic red soils. Rainfall is well distributed ranging between 1200-1400 mm per year with long sunny days.
Plucking, Manufacture and Quality.
• Distinct and high quality Teas made from the upper two leaves and a bud. Young shoots are plucked in regular cycles ranging from 7 to 14 days.
• Tea manufactured using Cut, Tear and Curl (CTC) method to ensure maximum cuppage per unit weight.
• Good agronomical and manufacturing practices, making Kenya the leading producer of the best Black Tea in the World.
Tea and Human Health
• Tea has been proven to be a health enhancing beverage.
• Tea contains no addictives, preservatives or artificial coloring, and is cholesterol free when consumed without milk or sugar.
• Research findings show that polythenols or flavonoids found in Tea have powerful anti-oxidant properties which could reduce the risk of developing certain diseases including cancer, heart and dental ailments.
Kenya tea has certain advantages which cannot be replicated elsewhere:
1.Kenya tea is FREE of pests and/or diseases. This means that Kenya tea is produced without use of any AGROCHEMICALS. The only item used in growing is the fertilizer which is used to replenish the soils. There is no doubt that such pure and healthy tea will be relished by the increasingly health conscious world population. 2.Kenya tea is grown along the equator. This means that the tea receives 12 hours of sunlight throughout the year. Kenya Tea is grown in areas of altitude between 1500-2700 meters above sea level, receiving 1200-1400mm of rainfall annually- which is spread throughout the year. This makes the supply of Kenya tea consistent throughout the year both in quantity and quality. 3.Kenya has about 50 varieties of tea, which are developed to suit the seven tea growing regions. Research continues to be undertaken in this area. With each new variety developed, chemical properties of the produce is enhanced. This implies that the health attributes that tea is associated with can be found in abundance in tea from Kenya.
Over 90% of tea from Kenya is hand-picked. Only the finest top two leaves and the bud are used for tea production. This explains the excellent cuppage and aroma. Over and above this, Kenya has over the years developed skills in tea production which can be attested to by the quality of the tea. Kenya tea factories/producing facilities are certified with the internationally acclaimed standards (ISO 22000; HACCP; Rain forest alliance, fair trade GMP).
Source for the above:
Tea Directorate Head Office Nairobi, Kenya
Naivasha Rd, off Ngong Rd
Nairobi Box 20064-00200