6 Reasons Why Tea is the Perfect Gift

040813 Majani Teas - Editorial 08This time of year, everyone has gift giving on their minds. Not only do we exchange gifts with our friends, co-workers and family, but we have hostess gifts to consider. No one wants to show up at a party empty handed. And December is nothing if not full of parties.

We happen to think that tea makes a perfect gift for everyone on your list, even if they don’t regularly drink tea. That’s right – everyone could use some tea. And not just because of the delicious taste and health benefits.

Here are our top six reasons why tea is the perfect gift:

1. Some People Don’t Buy Themselves Nice Tea

Gifts are a chance for you to give someone fancier, more expensive and better tasting versions of their favorite foods. People who don’t think twice about indulging others would never consider treating themselves to gourmet tea. That’s where you come in. Tuck a tin of tea in someone’s stocking and they’ll get to enjoy it for weeks.

2. Tea is the world’s most popular drink.

The only drink more popular than tea is water. When you give tea as a hostess gift, they can serve it to their guests at the end of the evening, or drink it the next morning as they recover from the party excitement. If someone doesn’t drink tea themselves, they know several people who do. Every pantry needs some tea. Not sure which kind of tea they like best? Buy a variety pack.

3. Tea is soothing.

Although tea contains caffeine, drinking it is much more relaxing than other caffeinated beverages. Coffee and soda are not for relaxing. But tea is. Everyone you know is suffering from holiday stress this time of year, between going to parties, shopping for the perfect gift and holiday baking. Who couldn’t use a break? Drinking a cup of tea can give anyone a mini-vacation.

4. Tea is healing.

What would you rather drink when you have a cold – coffee or tea? The coffee may give you the huge jolt of caffeine you need to get to the office, but tea will soothe your sore throat and help clear your stuffed nose. Even people who never touch tea could use a cuppa in the winter months.

5. Tea Doesn’t Spoil

As long as it’s properly stored, tea will never go bad. So if your friend is likely to put away your gift for when they have company, or for a special occasion because it’s so nice, tea is the perfect gift for them. The tea will last forever tucked away in the kitchen cabinet, unlike the box of fancy chocolates your mom put away and forgot about last year. And that means you can keep some on hand for unexpected hostess gifts all year long.

6. Tea Doesn’t Need to be Dusted

No one could use more knick knacks for their coffee table/book shelf/nightstand. Cute figurines just take up space, leaving less room for your tea cup. Food gifts like tea get stored in the kitchen until they’re all gone. But with some food gifts, you run the risk of triggering someone allergy to nuts, chocolate, gluten, and so on. But tea allergies are rare, and if you do give tea to someone who’s allergic, they can still keep it around for guests.

What makes tea such a perfect gift is that it’s suitable for so many people. You can take care of several people on your gift list by buying them tea – so less shopping stress for you. Shop now.

Fariji Organic Green Tea

Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 2.31.14 PMGreen tea is increasing in popularity as more and more people find out about the numerous
health promoting benefits this ancient beverage has to offer. Tea may be the most commonly
consumed beverage in the world, but it is green tea that you will most likely find in the cups of the
most health­minded folks.
All teas come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The methods in which these tea
leaves are processed results in varying properties and benefits. Black tea undergoes an intense
process of oxidation to get its signature color and flavor. Green tea is not processed with
oxidation; instead the delicate leaves are steamed immediately after harvest.
The gentle processing method of green tea is responsible for its increased health benefits. Tea
is a natural source of polyphenols, an antioxidant compound. Antioxidants are known to
counteract free radical damage that can lead to cancer and aging.
Clinical studies have shown that green tea can be beneficial in reducing the risk of certain
cancers, such as ovarian, breast, bladder, lung, and skin cancers. Green tea may also be
effective at reducing the risk of Parkinson’s disease, lowering blood pressure, and reducing the
amount of “bad” cholesterol in the blood.
The minimal processing that retains the health­promoting compounds within the green tea
leaves also contributes to a more tannic or “bitter” flavor, compared to black tea. Majani Fariji
Green tea is harvested from the highest elevations in Kenya, giving them a subtle flavor that
green tea lovers enjoy.
Try Majani Fariji Green Tea hot, or iced with lemon, for a refreshing and health­promoting
beverage.
About the bird: Majani Fariji Green Tea packages are adorned with the image of the
Blue­cheeked Bee­Eater, or Merops Persicus. This colorful bird is found in bushy and wooded
habitats near water, mainly in southern Kenya. Its vivid green color is more recognizable than the
blue cheeks for which it got its name.

Majani Tea is Proud to Be Served at Orwashers in NYC

Majani Tea is proud to be served at Orwashers in New York City.

Orwashers original bakery has been located in the same spot in the Upper East Side of New York City since it opened in 1916. This nearly 100 year old establishment keeps customers returning day in and out for fresh baked breads and sweet treats. Now, Orwashers’ customers can pair their favorite baguettes, rye, and pumpernickel with Majani tea.

Jessica runs the original Orwashers, and she is a big fan of our authentic Kenyan teas. The bakery sales both our Fariji organic green tea and Thabiti organic black tea varieties. “I have a cup of each every day,” says Jessica.”The green tea is very calming.”

Orwashers’ customers in New York appreciate Majani tea for its delicious flavor, but there is another factor to their loyalty to our quality tea. “Our customers are very New York centric,” Jessica explains. “They love to support [Majani founder] Ronald. We enjoy working with a local New Yorker and Columbia grad!”

Once the customers at Orwashers have tasted our teas, they are quick to ask where they can purchase it. “We are the only place in the neighborhood where you can get Majani tea,” Jessica proudly exclaims. “Our customers love the taste; it is super reasonably priced, and the high quality made it a ‘no-brainer’ to carry it in our store.”

Majani is proud to be carried in Orwashers, and part of a long standing New York tradition. Here’s hoping that Orwashers and Majani will be satisfying New Yorkers for the next one hundred years.

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Photo of Orwashers provided by Flickr User Robyn Lee

Thabiti Organic Black Tea

Majani Black TeaBlack tea from Kenya is a favorite of tea lovers everywhere. Majani Thabiti Black Tea is organic and Fair Trade Certified, and its color, body, flavor and aroma are a result of idyllic growing conditions in Kenya.

Black tea, like green, white, and oolong varieties, comes from the leaves of the camillia senensis plant. The black tea variety is generally stronger in flavor than the other tea varieties.

Black tea is not black at all. It actually has a beautiful deep, reddish hue as a result of the processing method of the tea leaves. Black tea receives its characteristics from a process called oxidations. The leaves are plucked, and bruised or torn to induce the oxidization process. The leaves are then placed in a climate controlled room where the process continues and the leaves get darker. The chlorophyll and tannins, the compound that can leave a bitter, dry sensation in the mouth, are broken down and released.

The resulting is a moderately sweet tea. Majani Thabiti has notes of caramel and honey, with a smooth fruity finish of raisins and plum. The low levels of tannins means a smooth finish in every cup.

Black teas are the base for many tea blends, including Earl Grey, English Breakfast, and Irish Breakfast teas.

About the bird: Majani Thabiti tea packaging is adorned with an illustrated bird, the Red and Yellow Barbet. The barbet, Trachyphonus Erythrocephalus, is common throughout Kenya up to elevations of 5,000ft. Males have distinctive black (spotted white), red, and yellow plumage. The females are similar to males but overall much duller. They are often tamed and their feathers are used as adornment by many East African tribes.

 

Majani Thabiti Black Tea is sure to become a favorite. Thabiti black tea is available at Majani.com in loose leaf and satchels, in a variety of sizes. Try it today and experience the smooth flavor and irresistible aroma of one of Kenya’s most delightful teas.

Majani Tea discusses what makes Kenyan Teas unique

Why Are Kenyan Teas So Unique?

Tea aficionados know there are three places in the world where the best leaves are grown and harvested: China, India, and Kenya. If the last cup of tea you enjoyed was a breakfast tea or Indian blend, chances are you may have experienced the bold flavors of Kenyan tea.

Kenyan tea is grown in ideal conditions along the equator, where the leaves of the camillia senensis plants are elevated and bathed in 12 hours of sunlight each day. Volcanic red soils nurture the tea with nutrients, and a steady fall of tropical rain results in a continual and consistent crop.

Tea from Kenya is free from pests, disease, and agrochemicals. These healthy plants provide a  pure and health promoting beverage, with no pesticides or fungicides. The majority of tea farms in Kenya are small-scale, and over 90% of the tea from Kenya is hand-picked by the families that own them. Only the bud and the finest two leaves are carefully plucked and dried, resulting in a dynamic “tea” flavor, and compelling aroma.

The flavor of a cup of Kenyan tea is unsurpassed. A low level of tannins, a compound that can add bitterness, makes each cup of tea silky smooth.

Majani Teas are certified organic, and sustainably grown. Majani Teas are also grown in compliance of the standards for Rainforest Alliance certification, and sourced from Fairtrade certified producers. Majani partners with cooperatives that pass all of the earnings back to small-scale producers, ensuring living wages are provided to the community farmers and families of Kenya.

Majani’s exquisite teas come in black, green, white, and oolong varieties. Each cup of Majani tea from Kenya envelopes you in smooth, bold flavor and captivating aroma. Drinking Majani tea supports a rich history of family and community in the fertile farmlands of Kenya. Kenya teas are among the best in the world, and Majani tea from Kenya is an exquisite cup above the rest.

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!