Moroccan Mint Tea
Brew with water at 75 to 80 degrees and brew for 2 to 3 minutes, be careful not to over infuse
A trip to Morocco is not complete until you have tried the country’s national drink, Moroccan Mint Tea. However, for those who cannot indulge with such extravagant journeys, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company can provide your morning cup with this delicious, age-old brew from the comfort of your own home.
Moroccan Mint Tea consists of Chinese Green Gunpowder Tea, coupled with exquisitely dried peppermint herb. Combined, these two ingredients are simply heavenly, and also work together to offer incredible health benefits. Perhaps more importantly, however, Moroccan Mint Tea is a cornerstone of Moroccan tradition. It has been consumed for hundreds of years, and remains embedded in the country’s culture.
Typically drunk at gatherings and events, this beverage is an excellent choice to bring all your closest friends and relatives together for special occasions. But there is no need to wait, as this loose leaf tea is equally enjoyable when relaxing after a long, hard day. Known for its unmistakably minty flavours and grassy undertones, our twist on this classic blend is blended in our factory, nestled away in the sleepy village of Pluckley in Kent.
Traditionally, the consumption of Moroccan Mint Tea signifies hospitality and affection. If you are fortunate enough to be invited into the home of a Moroccan, you will most likely be offered a glass (or three) of Moroccan Mint Tea. It was previously common practice, when hosting a guest in your home, to take part in an almost ritualistic tea preparing ‘ceremony’ referred to as ‘atai’.
The art of atai is passed down through generations, and is usually conducted by the male ‘head of the family’. However, it is not uncommon for a woman to lead the ceremony instead. The host begins by rinsing the teapots with boiling water, before adding the Gunpowder Tea leaves and mint to the pot. Sugar is often added, followed by more boiling water for infusion, which is left to steep for a few minutes and then stirred.
Once you, the guest, has been made to feel comfortable, the host will return from the kitchen carrying a tray adorned with a long-spouted, silver teapot and several small drinking glasses. The host will then proceed to pour the Moroccan Mint Tea into an empty, beautifully decorated glass from a height of at least 12 inches.
This indicates adequate experience in the art, and should create a thin layer of foam on the surface. If no foam is present, the host will usually make a second attempt with a fresh batch of the tea. Be sure not to refuse this humble invitation, as it is considered very impolite, and you will likely not be invited in again. Today, Morocco is considered one of the largest importers of Chinese Green Tea in the world, predominantly Gunpowder Tea for its use in this mouthwatering brew.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Green Tea.
Origin: The Zhejiang Province, China (Gunpowder Green Tea) and Egypt (Peppermint Leaves).
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water left to cool to temperatures between 80 and 90 degrees. Following this, infuse for 2 to 4 minutes.
How to Serve: In some regions and countries of North Africa, the addition of pine nuts is a very popular choice. If however, you wish to branch away from tradition, consider lemon as a bitter, yet flavoursome accompaniment. Alternatively, this blend is best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: An unmistakably minty aroma wafts from your cup as you embrace this delightfully complex infusion. Subtle grassy flavours of Green Tea are first to reach the palate, followed by refreshing peppermint.
Colour in Cup: Golden liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits: The outstanding health benefits of Moroccan Mint Tea are twofold, owing to its combined infusion using two of the most nourishing plant-based ingredients on the planet. The Green Tea leaves used in this beverage which are withered, steamed and rolled into the pellets of iconic Gunpowder Tea are brimming with antioxidant potential.
Antioxidants such as polyphenolic catechins have the ability to combat free radicals in the body. Maintaining the introduction of these free radicals can lead to the improvement of many common ailments prevalent in western society. Weight loss, for example, is a well-documented benefit to the frequent consumption of any type of Green Tea. This is due to its ability to boost the metabolism which, in turn, can help your body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently. The peppermint incorporated into this beverage, meanwhile, has been proven to aid digestion, boost the immune system, and provide relief from minor illnesses such as the common cold and flu.
Health PointsDigestive, Immune System, Refreshing, Relaxing
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon, Evening