About our Kenya Kosabei black tea
While many people may associate tea cultivation with Asia, Kenya has been producing some exquisite teas - black tea representing most of the production and export.
Due to the climate and soil characteristics, Kenyan teas provide a very distinctive taste and a dark amber liquor colour. The volcanic soil provides elevation, with a deep reddish and has a high mineral content which creates a fertile land for the tea bushes to thrive. The high altitude of the sweeping ridges where the tea is farmed also means that Kenyan teas have a higher antioxidant content than others. One of the major tea plantation is Kericho and tea has been grown there since 1942.
About the Kosabei Estate & the Nandi Highlands regions
The Kosabei Estate is located in the Nandi Highlands, west of the kenyan capital Nairobi. The Nandi Hills region is one of three tea producing regions in Kenya: it's is a lush, highland landscape filled with tea and corn with pockets of rainforest. The tea bushes in the region have long provided a livelihood for small-scale farmers, helping make Kenya one of the world's biggest tea exporter - ranked second after China and Sri Lanka coming on the third position.
Our TGFOP Kenya Kosabei tea leaves are grown up to 2500 ft above sea level and are processed using traditional methods by picking the tender leaves and buds.
Altitude plays an important role in terms of flavours. The tea bushes love high altitudes: it exposes them to more moisture, humidity and precipitation, soil with good minerals and drainage. The regular cloud cover also keeps the leaves from being exposed too long to the sun.
On the other hand, tea offers more of a 'slow burn' sustained energy boost. This is due to the amino acid called L-theanine found in the tea, which actually lowers the absorption speed of caffeine into your body. L-theanine also improve concentration and focus while having anti-anxiety effects, so you have this alert feeling while relaxed which isn't supported by coffee.
Kenyan black tea flavour profile
The classic Kenyan black tea is medium bodied and offers an easy-going, smooth character. Like Assam tea, it is often enjoyed as a breakfast thanks to its perfect pick-me-up feeling, and can be enjoyed with or without milk as the taste holds on.
Our Kenya Kosabei has a gentle and astringent taste, with notes of malt and currants. As a TGFOP grade, the highest black tea grade, the leaves offers a high proportion of tip and bud, and imparts a very aromatic flavour.
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COMPLICI.TEA was founded in November 2020, in London. Our goal is to bring quality loose teas and herbal infusions to your home: whole leaves, full of taste & flavour, picked at peak season only. Each tea is packed in a 50g resealable pouch so rest assured that the tea in your cup tastes as fresh as the date is was picked!
We take pride to work with trusted suppliers only, who are members of the Ethical Tea Partnership. All our teas are ethically sourced, and we can guarantee a transparent perspective on where the tea is grown and manufactured.