Kenyan Purple Tea
Net weight: 50gm
This tea contains low levels of caffeine.
Kenyan Purple Tea originates from the Camellia Sinensis and Assamica Sinesis. It comes under the Black tea category. This new variety of tea is being marketed since 2011 from the Nandi region after being researched and developed sice 25 years. Kenyan Purple tea taste is pleasant,sweetish with no bitterness. The colour of the tea soothing, after steeping,and is warm grey or green with purple hues. The taste of this particular variety of Kenyan Purple tea is rich and smooth.
Kenyan Purple tea unique in that it produces higher levels of antioxidants when compared to green tea.The production of anthocyanin in this tea gives it the rare purple colour. The purple colour is similar to that found in blue berries,purple cabbage, red grapes, eggplant and asparagus. The Kenyan Purple tea varietal colour is a reaction to the environment and sun. Anthoyanin acts as a sunscreen to the sharp sun and gives the tea leaves, its purple colour
The Yunnan Province has been growing nearly 1 % of its total tea production as purple tea. In 1990's Zi Juan region created a Purple tea with assamica -camillia sinesis plant.The tea has a citrus taste with a beautiful green-pinkish hue to it.
Farming of Kenyan Purple tea: The main reason Kenyan Tea Association felt the need to invent a new tea was because of the high competition and low revenue from black and green teas from giant producers like China and India. kenyan Purple tea is now grown in a sustainable manner with 10% of its revenue going to building hospitals and supplying clean drinking water to its people (by cleaning Kenya's water wells).
Production Process of Purple Tea
Currently there is very limited production and export of purple tea from Kenya's small estate farms,that too mainly to China and the UK.
- Pick only the freshest purple tea leaves – older leaves can’t be plucked because the leaf color has started to fade from purple to green.
- Wither the leaves to ensure moisture is reduced and a sweeter taste is enhanced.
- Pan/steam the leaves
- Roll up the leaves and dry them
- Mill them to the right consistent and pack them ready for use
Note: The one step that sets Purple tea apart from other true teas is the rolling step that enhances its taste and quality.
Purple tea contains the following properties and health benefits:
- Aids in weight loss – Teas especially matcha green tea, green and purple are known to aid in weight loss. The purple tea works better due to the fact that it carries no calories and contains higher levels of antioxidants. It allows for better fat absorption.
- Antioxidants – The high level of antioxidants in Kenyan Purple tea provide anticancer benefits, improved vision, lower cholesterol levels and assist in balancing blood sugar levels.
- Contains anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties – Purple tea helps in fighting off common viruses,flus and colds. It helps lower inflammation and is a pro-arthritis tea.
- Contains Anthocyanin - Kenyan Purple tea contains higher anthocyanin as compared to green tea and therefore offers higher protection against cardiovascular diseases. Anthocyanin supports cognitive health as well (though this is not conclusive as yet).
- Contains low caffeine content – The caffeine content in Kenyan Purple tea is much lower than in green or black tea. Kenyan Purple tea has stomach friendly caffeine.
- Contains no calories – Unsweetened purple tea has no calories at all. It is best enjoyed to most even when unsweetened. Kenyan Purple tea taken without sugar and milk. Fresh lemon squeezed with organic honey enhances the teas' flavour and colour. In fact, the market for Kenyan Purple tea is outside Kenya, as Kenyans do not like tea without milk.
- Contains Polyphenols and flavonoids
- Contains low levels of tannins - This tea contains lower level of tannins as compared to other true teas. Tannins make tea bitter and are pulled out of tea leaves either when the water temperature is too high or tea leaves are steeped for too long.
- Stronger flavour and taste – Purple tea has a sweet and woody flavour. This is a taste that has high appeal for both Eastern and Western tea lovers.
How to Prepare Kenyan Purple Tea? ( Western Style)
1. 1 teaspoon full of Kenyan Purple tea leaves
2. 180 ml water
3. Water temperature 95 C /200 F
4. Steeping time 2-3 minutes
5. If you wish to add a few drops of lemon ,the colour will change to pinky-purple.