Category Archives: Blog

5 Reasons to Give Fair Trade Gifts

file5211241836615Majani Teas are fair trade because we know it’s the right thing to do. Of course the son of a tea farmer is going to make sure that his suppliers get a living wage. To do otherwise would make for some very awkward visits home.

You’re unlikely to meet the people who grow or make your presents, but you still care about buying fair trade products. But it’s all too easy to forget about fair trade when shopping for a gift. We’re so focused on finding something they’ll like within our budget that nothing else seems to matter. Even so, there are still plenty of reasons to make sure the gifts you give are fair trade.

1. It takes the edge off the consumerism.

Holidays can be downright ruined by the hunt for the perfect gift. Even people who observe Buy Nothing Day can get caught up in obsessively searching for just the right Valentine’s Day present for their new sweetie. When the big day rolls around, you can feel exhausted by the entire process and hate yourself for participating in a consumerist shopping frenzy. Buying something that protects the rights of workers in developing nations can make you feel better about the whole thing.

2. It makes the gift that much nicer.

Just imagine if we discussed the origins of our gifts as we hand them over. “Here are some chocolates. I’m not sure, but there’s a chance the cacao was picked by child slaves. The box is pretty, though.” Better to give a plain bar of fair trade chocolate and know that no human beings were harmed in its making. A fair trade gift says, “I care about you and the rest of the world.”

3. It limits your options in a good way.

Let’s say you want to give someone a selection of teas. There are so many options, how can you start to narrow down your choices? When you decide to give a fair trade gift, that rules out quite a few brands. You’ll still have plenty of choices, but now it’s a more manageable amount. Now you can get down to considering quality, varieties, packaging and everything else that makes for a good gift.

4. It’s better for the environment.

Most of us are at least a little worried about global climate change and how it will affect our standard of living in the coming years. Fair trade products are sustainably grown, protecting the environment. For example, Fair trade coffee is grown in the shade of other plants, protecting the biodiversity of the rain forests which is good for everyone. It sounds cheesy, but when you give someone a fair trade gift, you’re also giving them hope for the future.

5. Your money goes to the right people.

When you buy a gift, your money can go to the factory owners and the bigwigs at a large corporation. Or your money can go to the artisan who made that wallet, or the farmer who grew that organic tea. Given a choice, we’d all rather support the little guy instead of making a rich guy even richer. Buying fair trade gifts do that.

5 Things You Notice as a Tea Drinker in a Coffee Country

IMG_3360Tea is the world’s most popular beverage, second only to water. But you wouldn’t know that living in the U.S. It’s easy enough to drink all the tea you want at home, but order tea any place else and you can end up feeling outnumbered and misunderstood. Every day, over half of Americans drink tea, but most of it is iced tea. If you drink hot tea (like everyone else on the planet), you’re in the minority.

Here are just some of the things that only tea drinkers notice.

1. Non-Tea Drinkers Think All Tea is the Same

We tea drinkers understand that different teas offer different flavors and varying amounts of caffeine. We also understand that there are different types of coffee, wine and scotch even if we don’t drink them. But non-tea drinkers think that tea is tea. This doesn’t really matter until you need to order a cup a tea from a server who doesn’t know a thing about the tea they serve.

I once ordered a pot of black tea after lunch so I could get my afternoon mini-jolt of caffeine. The waiter brought me a pot of herbal tea. I sent it back, and he brought me a pot of decaf black tea. He finally explained that they’d run out of black tea. Clearly, he didn’t know or care about the difference.

2. Restaurants Don’t See Running Out of Tea as the Crisis It Is

Have you ever heard a waiter say, “I’m sorry, we’re out of coffee”? Of course not. They’d just as soon run out of food. But they run out of tea and just shrug it off. The restaurant in my story was down the block from a supermarket. But they didn’t bother sending a bus boy to buy some tea because they didn’t see any need for urgency.

Tea is soothing, but lack of tea is very upsetting.

3. You’d Better Bring Your Own

Carrying a plastic baggie of teabags with me feels mildly insane. Until I get to a restaurant or cafe that doesn’t have tea, or the type of tea I want. Then I feel like a genius. Or maybe it’s that I’m so relieved that I don’t mind if I look like a weirdo.

There are far too many places in the U.S. that sell all sorts of beverages except for tea. It’s not right, but it’s better to be prepared.

4. Tea to Go is Too Hot

You can always cool off your tea with milk. But if you don’t take milk in your tea, or you’re drinking green tea, white tea or an herbal tea that doesn’t go well with milk, then you have to wait 20 minutes before you can safely take a sip. And you’ll probably get scalded while you’re waiting.

Carry a to go cup of tea down the street, and super hot tea will drip down the string of the tea bag right onto your hand. Tea on the go is always so much hotter than the tea I make at home. I’m starting to wonder if non-tea drinkers hate us and are serving us too-hot-to-drink tea on purpose.

5. Tea is the Answer

Too cold from the office air conditioning? Sip herbal tea all day. Sore throat? Tea. Worried about your health? Tea offers countless health benefits. Need to cut back on your caffeine intake? Switch to tea. You could even use different types of tea to gradually decrease your caffeine intake down to nothing.

But do non-tea drinkers take our advice when we suggest they have some tea? Nope. Their loss.

What have you noticed as a tea drinker? Tell us in the comments.

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.

Connect with Orwashers on Facebook!

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.

Don’t forget to connect with us on Social Media as well.

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Google+

Connect with Ronald Mutai on LinkedIn

 

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.