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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

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.