Teas from Africa: Mozambique, South Africa, Mauritius

Two more countries that are notable tea producers on the African continent are Mozambique and South Africa, with the island nation of Mauritius, off the continent’s east coast and directly across from Mozambique, being generally included in this category of teas. In March 2012, Mozambique sold over 67,000 kilos of tea leaves at auction, a …

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Teas from Africa: Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Rwanda

As shown in my previous article about African teas, the countries of Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Rwanda are sizable producers of tea on the continent of Africa, with smallholders playing a key role. In Tanzania (the 4th largest tea producer in Africa), on the east coast, tea is grown in Usambara in the Masai Steppe in …

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Teas from Africa: Kenya, Malawi, Uganda

As shown in my previous article about African teas, the countries of Kenya, Malawi, and Uganda are key producers of tea on the continent of Africa. Malawi, relatively small in land area, was the first country on that continent to start growing tea commercially in 1878. Their tea is an important component of tea blends, …

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Tea and the Smallholders

While looking into tea growing and production in Africa, I kept coming across the term “smallholder.” To folks here in the U.S. who aren’t totally immersed in the process of growing tea, this term might be a bit puzzling. Never fear, for the answer is right here. Hee! Just as in farming here in the …

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Teas from Africa: Overview

Teas from Africa are in many of the top brands these days. (We’re talking about true teas here, not Rooibos.) Yet, tea growing in Africa started relatively recently — in the 1880s in the country of Malawi, about 40 years after tea cultivation began in Darjeeling, India, and almost 60 years after the Camellia Sinensis …

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Teas from Africa

Tea from Africa? You betcha. Africa is a pretty big place. No big surprise. It is, after all, a continent. But then, Australia is a continent, too, and considerably smaller, but don’t confuse me with facts. I’m on a roll here. First, I have to make clear that this article is about true “tea,” not …

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Yorkshire Gold by Taylors of Harrogate

Name: Yorkshire Gold Brand: Taylors of Harrogate Type: Black tea, blend Form: Paper tea bags Review: When friends from the UK visited last Fall, they brought a box of Yorkshire Gold tea with them. I was suspicious, but not wishing to be impolite, I accepted a cup of “Yorkshire tea” made with milk and sugar. …

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