White tea is a delicate, gentle beverage with a subtle flavor that is perfect for several infusions. Considered a specialty item, white tea is low in caffeine and high in beneficial nutrients. Continue reading
Green 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
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.
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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Black 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.
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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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