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PURPLE TEA IN KENYA
PURPLE TEA IN KENYA
About Purple Tea
Purple tea is an entirely new category of tea! Purple tea is produced from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, which is the same plant from which black, green, oolong, and other types of tea are made. Unlike other types of tea, however, the leaves of this new varietal are purple instead of green. The tea was first discovered growing wild in the Assam region of India, and is now grown commercially in Kenya, Africa. Our purple tea is from the Tumoi Tea Garden in the Nandi Hills of Kenya.
Purple leaf tea has a similar flavor profile to oolong, and is lighter than black tea but not quite as vegetal tasting as green tea. It’s also very high in anthocyanins, the beneficial compounds found in blueberries, eggplant, purple grapes and other blue, purple or dark red foods. Purple tea is low in caffeine (less than green tea, slightly more than white tea).
KENYAN PURPLE LEAF TEA INFORMATION
This purple leaf tea is carefully blended and packaged by hand in a reusable tin or a resealable kraft bag. Our 3.25 oz. tin or kraft bag makes approximately 35 – 40 cups of tea. Our 6.5 oz. kraft bag makes approximately 70 – 80 cups.
Purple leaf tea (Origin: Nandi Hills, Kenya)
Use 1 heaping teaspoon per 6 oz. water. Heat water until briskly steaming (not boiling). Steep for 3 minutes. This tea may be infused twice or more.
While tea has been grown for thousands of years in countries like China and India, purple tea is a relative newcomer to the tea world, having only been discovered a few decades ago. Purple tea has only been available commercially for a few years, and is still a rarity in many tea shops.
Just like other varieties of tea, purple tea is produced from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. Most teas are produced from one of two varietals of the camellia sinensis plant, either camellia sinensis sinensis or camellia sinensis assamica. Black, green, white, oolong, pu-erh, and purple teas all come from the same plant, and vary primarily due to their specific varietal, when and where they are harvested, and how they are processed. While most tea plants produce dark green leaves, purple tea is made from a rare, newly discovered purple-leafed varietal of the tea plant. These plants were found growing wild in the Assam region of India, an area where many other types of tea are commercially grown. Assam is also near the purported birthplace of tea, in the Yunnan province of China.
After their initial discovery, these unique tea plants were later taken to Kenya, where the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya worked to create a cultivar of this wild plant which would be ideal for commercial tea production. The third-largest producer of commercial tea after China and India, Kenya now leads as the largest producer of purple tea. This unique tea thrives when grown at high elevations along the equator, where it receives twelve hours of sunlight a day year-round. Kenya continues to produce a growing amount of purple tea each year, as purple tea becomes more well-known and sought-after by tea connoisseurs and curious consumers alike.
Although purple leaf tea has not been on the market long, its popularity is growing as more people find out about the unique history, flavor profile, and health benefits of the tea. While purple tea is on the rise, many people are still unfamiliar with the properties and benefits that are unique to purple tea. Here at ArtfulTea, we’re pleased to be able to introduce our customers to purple tea and to share our knowledge of this exciting new development in the world of tea!
PURPLE TEA CAFFEINE CONTENT
Purple Tea is low in caffeine, containing less caffeine than green tea but slightly more caffeine than most white teas. This is due to several reasons, including:
Leaf size - Our purple tea is made from whole tea leaves that are gently curled and shaped. Full-leaf loose leaf teas tend to contain less caffeine than broken leaf teas.
Water temperature - Purple tea should be infused with water that is steaming, not boiling. Lower water temperatures result in a lower caffeine level in a brewed cup of tea.
Steep time - We recommend steeping purple tea for about three minutes. The shorter the steep time, the less caffeine will be present in a cup of tea.
PURPLE TEA BENEFITS
Purple tea is extremely high in antioxidants, containing almost twice as many antioxidants per cup as other types of tea. In particular, purple tea is rich in a type of particularly beneficial antioxidant called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are thought to help protect against cancer and neurodegenerative diseases by reducing free radicals, which can harm and damage cells, resulting in illness and even certain types of cancer. Anthocyanins give certain fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, blackberries, purple grapes, and eggplants, their rich blue, purple or dark red color. Purple foods have been shown to support cardiovascular health, fight inflammation, improve cognition, and even to help to reverse the effects of UV damage.
Since it’s generally low in caffeine, purple tea is a great choice for those looking to limit their caffeine intake. Purple tea also contains a compound known as l-theanine, which helps to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. With all of these benefits and more, purple tea is a great choice for those looking to include healthy foods and drinks in their daily routine!
BREWING PURPLE TEA
We recommend preparing Kenyan Purple using a teapot, tea infuser, or tea filter. These brewing methods give the tea leaves enough room to expand as the tea steeps, resulting in a richer, more flavorful cup. Using one heaping teaspoon of tea leaves for every six ounces of water in your pot or cup. Heat water until it is steaming but not boiling, then infuse the tea leaves for approximately three minutes. Purple tea can be infused a second time for a lighter, mellower cup of tea.
WHAT DOES PURPLE TEA TASTE LIKE?
A bit lighter than black tea but darker than green tea, our Kenyan Purple is often described as similar in character and taste to oolong tea. Purple tea has a light, clean body similar to a green tea, without any of the grassy, vegetal flavor that is typical to green teas. Our Kenyan Purple is also processed in a way that is similar to many oolongs - partially oxidized, with the leaves gently rolled. Purple tea brews up a light reddish-purple color, and has a floral, delicate flavor.
Curious about what purple tea tastes like? We often describe it as having a flavor similar to an oolong tea, with a lighter body than many black teas, but without the grassy, vegetal taste common to many green teas. Purple tea is generally mild in flavor, with light floral notes and a clean finish, and brews up a beautiful pale purple color. Purple tea is also very low in caffeine, somewhere in between green and white teas, making it a great choice for those looking for all the benefits of tea in a less-caffeinated cup. Our Kenyan Purple is also processed in a way that is similar to many oolongs - partially oxidized, with the leaves gently rolled. Purple tea is also available in flavored blends, with added ingredients like dried flower petals and tropical fruits.