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PURPLE TEA


 

PURPLE TEA HAS FINALLY ARRIVED IN THE U.S.!!!!

 

Purple Tea delivers a new experience for tea enthusiasts boasting a brand-new flavor and color profile that demands its own category of tea.  The reason we call it Purple Tea is because the Tea bush flushes Purple!  Purple Tea is a leaf that is un-oxidized and slightly withered to create a smooth and natural taste.  This anthocyanin-rich tea is grown at extremely high elevations in Kenya which results in strong antioxidant properties and a Purple hue when steeped.  Add a drop of lemon and watch the purple color intensify!

 

 

Purple Tea flourishes naturally on the equator in Kenya and grown at extremely high elevations of 6,000 plus feet, which result in strong antioxidant properties.  The wild Purple Plant was first discovered in the Gardens of Assam (India).  The bush was given to The Tea Research Foundation of Kenyan (TRFK) who would go on to spend nearly 25 years studying the plant and creating a genetic clone of it.  The TRFK was able to successfully develop this new Purple cultivar by naturally crossbreeding with tea’s anthocyanin rich cousin “Camelia Irrawadiensis.”  These Purple Tea seedlings were introduced to small-scale Kenyan Farmers in 2011.  The Kenyan Government encouraged the farmers to make a five-year investment and plant the bush in their farms and let them fully mature.  ITI visited the farms in August of 2016 just in time to witness the plucking and the end to end process of this unique tea.

 

 

 

The #PurpleTeaExperience Team visited Purple Tea farms East and West of the Rift Valley in August of 2016 just in time to witness the plucking and the end to end process of this unique tea.  During the teams stay, we had the privilege of not only meeting several of the Purple Tea farmers, but also living with them for several days.  Tumoi Teas farmers Mzee Jacob and Boaz Kattah opened their home to the ITI team.  Authentic and fresh farm to table food was served daily along with multiple cupping sessions at their house.  Also, during the visit, #PTE met with the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya to learn more about this unique Tea and its rich history.  #PTE also went on to meet with the Tea Board of Kenya to discuss the mission of bringing Purple Tea to the U.S. and how collectively we can help improve the economy of Kenya.