Majani Tea was happy to be at the Fancy Food Show in New York representing Kenyan Tea

Majani at the Fancy Food Show

The 60th Summer Fancy Food Show kicked off in New York City last week, and Majani Teas was thrilled to showcase our exquisite Kenyan Teas at North America’s largest specialty food and beverage event.

Over 2,730 exhibitors, representing 49 different countries, presented more than 180,000 products at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Among the rows of sweets, treats, and refreshing drinks, we proudly presented our organic fair trade teas.

Majani Tea at Fancy Food Show

Majani Teas had an amazing time at the Summer Fancy Food Show. Booth #5125 at the SFFS14 was buzzing as we promoted our world class Kenyan teas, and educated show-goers about what makes tea from Kenya so unique. Majani’s beautifully packaged tea tins and boxes, each featuring an illustration of a bird native to Kenya, drew in curious spectators for a closer look.

Kenya is one of the oldest tea producing countries in Africa, and one of the biggest exporters of tea in the world. Majani Tea was founded by Ronald Mutai, who was raised on a small, family run tea farm in Kenya. Today, Ronald brings the bold flavors and unique taste of Kenyan teas to the rest of the world. Majani Teas celebrates a rich history of family farming, Fair Trade practices, and pure, organically grown teas.

Did you see Majani at the Summer Fancy Food Show? Tell us about it with a comment below! Follow Majani on Twitter, and check out our pictures and tweets from the event: @majaniteas #sffs14

The Story Behind Majani Teas

Majani Tea is part of a greater story. It’s not only a story about our product: organic and fair-trade teas. It is also the story of Ronald Mutai, Majani Tea’s founder. He connects Majani Tea drinkers to the tea they enjoy in a way only a few products can. His story begins in the same place that our tea does: Kenya.

Ronald was was born and raised on a tea farm in Meru that is exactly like the farms where we source Majani tea. Meru is on the eastern slopes of Mount Kenya.

Majani Tea is located on the East Side of Mt Kenya

Tea farms in Kenya fall typically into one of two types. There are growers on the West of the Rift Valley which are mostly large scale producers who originally set up their operation in the colonial days. These are still run by large multinational companies.

And then there are tea producers on the eastern side of the Rift Valley who are mostly small family farms, like Ronald’s family farm. Most of these small family farms are smaller than 5 acres and run the tea farms for a living.

Life on the farm has a methodical and rhythmic nature to it. Ronald’s family would get up everyday at 5am, except for Sunday. His father would start the morning picking the tea while his mother would get the kids ready for school. After her daily work within the house she joined his father in the fields. Some of the local tea farms also grow food crops or have livestock and the women of the homes would take care of these things as well.

When Ronald would return home from school, he and his brothers would usually join their dad on the farm and help take the crop to the buying center. His mom and sisters would get dinner going and finish their work around the house.

This may seem like a lot of work to some kids, but Ronald loved staying busy all day. He would come home to help out and then still had to find time to do homework. The days went by faster when he had all this work to do.

The farming culture of Meru has a special quality to it. There was a family-like manner in which everyone looked out for each other. Sometimes it seemed liked there were too many eyes on Ronald, but looking back on it now he appreciates the way people cared for and looked out for one another in the community. People in the community helped each other and made efforts to help others succeed.

Majani was founded to give back to the community that raised Ronald and helped him prepare for life away from home.

Every flavor of Majani Tea reminds Ronald of growing up on the farm. Kenyan teas have a distinct flavor and color to them. The black teas, especially the breakfast tea, turns red when brewed and the green teas lack the bitterness characteristic of other green teas.

As a result of the climate in which they are grown Kenyan teas are bolder in taste. The teas are grown right on the equator at very high altitude which gives them a longer period to grow and for the flavors to intensify. Thus the variety of teas you find in Kenya will be very different from elsewhere and have a unique taste and flavor.

When we drink Majani Teas, we are drinking a product that is not only from a place. It is product that is rooted in a story, a people, and a community.

 

4 Steps to Crafting Premium Iced Tea

When the mercury starts to rise and we feel the sweat of summer on our brow, it’s a natural next step to reach for a beverage that can cool things off. Of course iced tea comes to our mind as the perfect most fitting summer refresher of all time.

The origin of iced tea is somewhat debatable, but there is no doubt that the quality and flavor of our Kenyan teas remain unchanged while being cooled down by a few ice cubes. And since June is National Iced Tea Month, we wanted to take a moment to share with you some of our tips for making the iced tea that satisfy your palate as well as your need to find summer refreshment:

1. Start With a High Quality Tea

The end product will only be as good as the tea leaves you start with. Of course, we recommend starting your iced tea with Majani Teas, which are organically grown and fair trade certified, and are sourced from only the best quality from the finest farms in Kenya.

2. Select a Tea with Robust Flavor

Since your iced tea will be served over ice, it’s best to start with a tea that will impart the most robust flavor possible, so the ultimate resulting flavor is not of the watered down variety. We recommend starting with black tea, as is traditionally used in iced teas, or a sweeter mellow oolong variety.

Majani oolong tea makes excellent iced tea

3. Double Up Your Dose

Begin by measuring out twice the normal amount of tea that you would normally use for the brewing process, and brew accordingly. When the brewing process is finished, promptly pour the resulting hot tea over an equal volume of ice. Cooling the tea quickly over ice will lock in the tea’s delicate and complex flavors and enhance the smoothness of the resulting glass.

4. Enjoy Your Glass of Premium Kenyan Iced Tea

What you should now have in your possession is a premium glass of exceptionally brewed organic, fair trade Kenyan iced tea. Pour your tea over ice and enjoy it with a sprig of mint, or a wedge of lemon. Stir in a dash of sweetener if you choose, and cool down in the shade with this American tradition.

On our home page, you can begin exploring more about the teas that could become the highlight of your rooftop party, BBQ, or picnic.

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Majani Teas Tea Tasting Event at the L’Espalier, Boston

Majani Tea Tasting Menu

Majani Tea Tasting Menu

Majani Teas once again teamed up with our esteemed Sommelier Cindy Gold at the L’Esparier in Boston for a tea tasting event. Above is the menu for the auspicious occasion. Great treats, foods, and drinks were paired with our teas and the fun did not cease. In one word it was,  ”Orgasmic”! Thank you, Cindy for such great high tea moment!

Tea Tasting Room Set Up

Tea Tasting Room Set Up

I arrived at the event a little after mid-day and the room was already set up.  i proceeded to put up our banner and teas. Soon guests were streaming in and the professional staff kept the teas, tea infused liquors and wines flowing. At the end of the event, the guests were convinced that Majani Teas had picked a great selection of teas. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!

Majani Teas Is Featured On Tea Magazine

http://teamag.com/articles/majani-teas-exquisite-kenyan-tea

Majani Teas were featured on the current issue of Tea Magazine.
Exquisite Kenyan TeaMajani Teas

Majani Teas offers six robust yet delicate exquisite teas from Kenya. The designs of attractive birds tell stories from where each of the teas comes from. Luxurious teas packed in environmental friendly and informational packaging. Teas are good for your health and Majani Teas seeks to help small family farmers in Kenya. It will make a great gift for everyone to enjoy.

Learn more at www.majaniteas.com.

Zakka News By Miki Usui, Tokyo Japan

5 September, 2012

http://www.zakkanews.com/?p=4415

Miki Usui, Japanese food and lifestyle editor features Majani Teas. Glad that people far and wide are enjoying Majani.

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My friends who live in NYC started their own business. It is an organic Kenyan tea company. Check their website out! I would like to mention that they have a lovely icon of 7 Kenyan colorful birds. I especially like Zanzibar Red Bishop displayed on the Imara Organic Black Tea. Looking at this bird on the bag makes me feel so happy! ■MAJANI Teas

 

FAIR TRADE FEATURES MAJANI

 

GUEST BLOG POST BY RONALD MUTAI, FOUNDER OF MAJANI TEAS

02/10/2012 – 7:42 AM

This blog post comes to us from Ronald Mutai, Founder of Mujani Teas

I was born and raised on a tea farm in Meru, Kenya, a one-street town in Kenya’s ‘tea country.’ I originally came to the United Stated to attend graduate school at Columbia University, in New York City. After completing graduate school, I realized that without my friends and family back home I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Kenyan Tea Farmer - Fair Trade Tea from Majani

I grew up surrounded by the aroma and beauty of tea and nature. My parents farmed teas like many of our neighbors. Growing up, we picked tea every day for delivery to KTDA – a Fair Trade certified farmers group that donates all of their earning back to the farmers. My father has cultivated teas since the late 1950s and over the years represented his fellow farmers on the organization’s board, being very active there before retiring this year. Since its inception, KTDA has grown considerably, becoming Kenya’s biggest exporter and foreign exchange earner. Kenya has also become one of the leading exporters of tea in the World.

Kenyan teas are considered to be some of the best in the world. The robustness and intensity of flavor, with low tannin content, make it smooth and non-bitter compared to other teas. Kenyan teas are famous for their brightness, attractive color, brisk flavor and textures of fragrant leaves. Traditionally used in blending due to their superior quality, Kenyan teas are now emerging amongst specialty markets.

Small scale producers in Kenya grow their teas in high altitudes of 2000-3000 meters above sea level. The farmers straddle the equator where temperatures remain constant throughout the year allowing for year round production and picking. This high altitude and favorable climatic conditions allows Kenyan tea growth completely pest free. Without the use of pesticides, fungicides, or any other harmful chemicals allows for completely natural organic tea production.

Fair Trade Tea from MajaniMost small scale produced teas are grown on the hill sides in deep, rich volcanic black well aerated loamy soils.  The generous rainfall throughout the year is what calls for the cultivation of these robust teas native to Kenya. These teas are carefully handpicked to give you the best tasting and aromatic teas.

This is what motivated me to start Majani Teas; I wanted to give back to the community that raised me. I now promote and sell Kenyan teas in the US, as well as give back the earnings to help tea farming families with their education and healthcare needs. Out of the more than 500,000 small scale tea farmers who make a living directly from tea growing in Kenya, we select the most experienced of them to source our Fair Trade organic teas.