Up to 500 thousand tons. - this is how much tea is produced annually by little Kenya. 500 thousand tons is like 80 thousand big African elephants. The volume is a record not only by the modest area of this state, but also by the standards of global tea production.
Honorable third place
China, Japan and even India have been growing tea on their large plantations for several centuries, and little Kenya started timidly in this business only in 1903, and for about 120 years has achieved fantastic success. Today, Kenya ranks third in the list of supplying countries (above only China with 2.5 and India with 1.5 million tons). And Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Japan and all the other tea-producing countries join modestly behind Kenya.
Kenyan tea has a bright taste, gives a beautiful transparent infusion and is perfectly invigorating. It is ideal for creating different mixes. Kenyan tea is also suitable as a single variety, but it is more often mixed with Indian, Ceylon or other teas. In this way, manufacturers achieve the consistency of taste that fans of a particular brand of tea are used to.
What is the Kenyan way
Most products from Kenya are granulated black tea. Strong, tart, slightly bitter, with a beautiful draw and high caffeine content. The British, who have long seen the beauty of Kenyan tea, prefer to drink it for breakfast, when the body needs maximum energy.
In Kenya, you can find both premium hand-picked white tea (and more expensive than its Chinese counterpart) and regular black tea, which is machine-picked and processed using CTC technology, which minimizes the final price of the product.
Kenyan tea is good in every way. Sometimes it turns out to be much better value for money than India or Ceylon. And for many, this can be a real discovery. Experts attribute this to the fact that tea is grown almost everywhere in Kenya at an altitude of 1,500-2,500 meters above sea level. This automatically gives it the status of an eco-friendly and alpine product. It is worth considering Kenya's ideal climate: well-distributed rainfall, long sunny days, tropical red soils. All in all, this allows for the cultivation of truly delicious tea..
10 interesting facts about Kenyan tea
- The first tea bushes were planted in Kenya by Briton G. W. L. Kane for purely decorative purposes..
- For the first time, tea production in Kenya was seriously undertaken by a Scotsman, Arnold Butler, who originally wanted to grow coffee in Africa, but something went wrong.
- Kenyan tea is a close relative of Indian tea as it is made from the Assamica variety brought from India to Africa. It really tastes like classic Assam.
- In Kenya, tea is a major commodity and source of income.
- Both large companies and small farms, the number of which reaches 550, are engaged in tea cultivation in Kenya.
- Kenyan farmers earn the highest income from their produce in the world.
- About 50% of Britain's tea comes from Kenya.
- The main harvesting seasons are from January to March and June to July.
- Kenyan tea is rarely treated with pesticides as it is not necessary.
- Tea from Kenya contains many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can fight free radicals in the body.
It seems that these facts are enough to settle the tea from Kenya in your kitchen. Or give to parents who like to drink rich and strong tea.
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