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Organic Kenya Black Tea

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Famous for its production of black tea, Kenya earned a reputation for producing bright, brisk teas that are most often used for blending and tea bag production. However, in recent years limited production of fine Orthodox leaves has also secured Kenya a place in the specialty tea market.

This organic and Fair Trade Certified tea is an excellent example of superior tea production in Kenya. Sourced from small family farms on the Eastern slopes of Mount Kenya, this organic black tea has a flavor profile that is unique to the Kenyan terrior. The finely twisted, small, and wiry loose leaves produce a cup with an Assam-like maltiness, combined with an earthiness and bright citrus note. The brisk, strong brew creates a dry cup without the pucker.

Ingredients: organic Kenyan black tea



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Serving Size: one teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water





Staff Perspectives

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Aubrey Says: This tea is not for the weak. Similar to an Irish Breakfast, brew it strong and enjoy with a hearty breakfast. In fact, we thought of naming it “Kenyan Breakfast”




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Sarah Says: Takes milk and brown sugar well!





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  1. Morning on switch

    Posted by Benjamin Hartwick on 24th Mar 2015

    Hmmm...where do I start? This has hands down become my favorite morning tea ever. On an ordinary morning I make a small pot consisting of two cups to get my brain booted up. On a morning when I wake up feeling particularly groggy, I double the amount, and that has always done the trick so far. It is a rich, malty tea. The reviewer before me said, “Tastes like redwoods in the fog smell!” This is a spot on poetic description in my opinion. It doesn’t hurt that I also happen to enjoy hiking in a redwood forest in the morning fog probably more than anything in the world. This is a bold, earthy tea, but I would not describe it as harsh in any way, definitely a strong body but not harsh and not one note. Once the caffeine starts to kick in with this, for me usually about half way through the first cup, my plans for the day begin to come into clear focus, and I have no thoughts left of getting back into bed. By the second cup I’m usually thinking about going out for a morning run or a hike. Can’t say why exactly, but this tea makes me want to get outdoors, particularly early in the morning. It’s a morning tea, definitely a morning tea. Upon awakening, it’s one of the first things I think of, and it’s difficult to make myself brew up any other tea first.



  2. excellent breakfast tea

    Posted by Jen on 27th Jan 2014

    Tastes the way redwoods in the fog smell! I followed the "brew it strong and add milk advice" and it returned the favor by sending me off to work feeling a little like the 12 year old me who loved going down early in the morning at summer camp for hot tea with lots of milk.









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We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.

There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.

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Quantity of tea: one teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water




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Water temperature: use water that has been heated to a full rolling boil (212° F)




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Steeping time: 3-5 minutes




Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.

Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.

Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!


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There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.

For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.

For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.