Kenya tea is some of the best quality black tea in the world. Tea from Kenya has won international acclaim for its taste and aroma. Kenya tea is so popular that it is the beverage of choice served in restaurants and cafés across Kenya.
Kenya is one of the world’s top producers and exporters of tea. Kenyan tea is also the top foreign exchange earner for the Kenyan economy, followed by horticulture, tourism and Kenyan coffee. Because pure Kenya tea is very superior in quality compared to other teas of the world, most tea exported from Kenya is sold in blended form – it’s used for blending with other teas to produce some of the popular blends available in grocery stores across the United States, Europe, Asia and other markets.
In its purest form, Kenyan tea has gained recognition in markets across the world because it has been proved to have higher levels of antioxidants compared to teas produced in other parts of the world.
Most Kenya tea is grown in the highlands west of the Rift Valley, at high altitudes between 1500 to 2700 meters. Kericho region, in particular, is where most of the large-scale tea plantations are found. Other tea farming also takes place in the highlands east of the Rift Valley as well as in central Kenya.
Kenya tea is rich in antioxidants
Kenyan black tea is known to have higher levels of antioxidants compared to teas from other parts of the world. The quality of black tea depends on the number of top young leaves harvested, the mode of harvesting, and the care with which the green leaves are handled. Only the upper young leaves and a bud are handpicked and skillfully processed. Kenyan tea has a distinct bright color and aromatic flavor, thanks to the country’s tropical climate and rich volcanic soils.