Africa is the fourth largest producer of tea in the world. Though historically a relatively new crop, African tea has gained significant prominence within the Industry. From a UK perspective, 50% of tea imports originate from the country of Kenya, located on the eastern coast. But Kenya is just one of many countries leading the way. The continent certainly has a lot to offer when it comes to tea and caffeine-free teas such as redbush tea.
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Similar to the way that teas from India and China seldom taste the same, teas from, for example, Kenya and Tanzania, though bordering one another, will only rarely boast similar qualities when brewed. Bundling all African teas together on the basis of taste would be a gross misjudgement of the continent’s capabilities. Africa tea industry continues to grow at a rapid rate, and here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we’re here to support it every step of the way.
At Africa's most northerly point, in Morocco, the most famous tea is Moroccan mint tea. This invigorating beverage is a gunpowder green tea flavoured with mint and has long been embedded in Moroccan tradition and culture. Serving Moroccan mint tea to guests is a sign of hospitality and affection, so if one wishes to extend these same qualities to guests at home, then this tea is an excellent place to start.
Heading to the land's most southerly point, in South Africa, tea takes on a different shape. Though not strictly a tea in the most conventional sense, the Cederberg region of South Africa, located on the western cape, is renowned for the cultivation of Rooibos tea, (or red bush tea) a versatile caffeine-free herb with an extraordinary taste. Rooibos can only be grown in the Cederberg region and is arguably most famous for its astounding health benefits.
In between, one has an assortment of choice of location from Kenya to Malawi; Tanzania to Rwanda - all with their own fantastic qualities, and all available here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. We pack all Loose Leaf Teas fresh to order, with nothing off the shelf.