Loose Leaf Tea - African Chai
Made by JusTea
Sweet and spicy, the best of both worlds. Pour a cup of this loose leaf black tea, spiced with cloves, cinnamon, fennel, and rose petals, for a relaxing tea time. Includes a hand-carved olive wood tea scoop with beaded details. Each purchase empowers artisans at JusTea in Kenya.
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- Makes 40 cups. Re-steep this whole leaf tea for 80 cups
- Steeping Instructions: 1 tea spoon – 205°F – 3 mins
- 100% Natural Ingredients: Rainforest Alliance Kenyan Black Tea, allspice, clove, fennel, cinnamon, licorice root, ginger, black pepper, and rose petals
- Includes hand-carved olive wood tea scoop.
- Contains: 115g of loose leaf tea
- Caffeine: Medium
- Tea is non-GMO.
- As with all handmade items, slight variations can occur.
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Artisans and farmworkers working with JusTea grow 100 percent natural, fair trade teas and hand-carve olive wood spoons. Founded in 2012, JusTea established Kenya’s first small-scale and farmer-owned Artisanal Tea Factory. Today, JusTea continues to support tea farming villages using fair trade principles and offers unique teas to a global market. The organization provides sustainable employment for more than 200 families, allowing them to send their children to school and earn 20 percent more than the industry average. In addition, JusTea offers work opportunities to women; more than 80 percent of the employees are female artisans. JusTea is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, Rainforest Alliance Certified, and Non GMO Project Verified and works with an Herbal Tea Co-op to create better opportunities for women. We are excited to work with JusTea and share these fair trade products with you.
These techniques have been passed down across generations, in Nandi Hills, for approximately 100 years. To produce most tea flavors, the day-long process includes hand-plucking, withering, rolling, oxidation, and drying. It is completely pesticide-free, and chemicals are not sprayed on the leaves at any step of the process. The olive wood spoons are carefully hand-carved by members of the Makweni carving community. To carve and bead the olive wood spoons, the process takes approximately two to three hours. Furthermore, for every 100 spoons that are created, one tree is planted. JusTea is a pioneer tea producer because the team works directly with tea farmworkers to work toward a brighter future.
Kenya has a population of more than 35 million people comprising of 42 ethnic groups, each with its own language and culture, as well as Asian, Arab and European Communities, which makes for a fascinating mix of traditions and cultures. Kenya’s multifaceted culture is expressed in different forms, from its people and language, food, music and dance, art, artifacts, theatre and literature to its ethnic values and ethical norms.
Kenya is among the world’s 30 poorest countries, ranking 145 out of 185 countries on the 2012 Human Development Index, and more than one-half of the country’s population lives below the poverty line on less than US $1 a day. Years of drought in this region have had a serious impact on the well-being of children, increasing malnutrition rates, morbidity and mortality.
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