AfriJani Tea is a premium tea company from Kenya by Zamai Enterprises Limited. The name AfriJani simply means African leaf; Afri is the short form of Africa and Jani is a Swahili word which means leaf.
Though the British have been credited for the popularity of tea in the 17th century as an effort to compete with the Chinese monopoly, the history of tea can be traced back across various cultures for thousands of years; mostly in China during the Shang Dynasty. At that time, the drinking of tea was known to be more of a medicinal concept as opposed to what we know it as today.
Over time Africa as a continent has seen a great increase in tea production, with a large amount of its tea being exported to Europe and North America respectively. Kenya is currently the third largest global producer of tea, after China and India, and is also the largest exporter of tea to the United Kingdom.
AfriJani tea is a locally founded Kenyan company in the business of exporting tea. They specialize in blending, packaging and exporting some of the best tea products currently available in African. They are committed and dedicated to providing their clients with the best quality Kenyan Tea to enhance any lifestyle and invite one to embark on the timeless ritual of drinking tea. With a team of master blenders and flavor experts, they know the details that matter most.
The AfriJani Tea Story
The story of AfriJani Tea begins with the founders who grew up in different rural settings in Eastern Africa. They grew up seeing their parents and grandparents boiling leafs from different plants for a fresh drink or for medicinal purposes. But no herb captivated their imagination as the dry, dark brown leafs that when boiled produced this delicious, refreshing, bronze colored beverage called chai; a Swahili word meaning tea.
Made every morning and every evening in their homes, tea was always taken around a communal family setting. Each family member would share their plans for the day and catch up in the evening over a cup of tea. It was more than just a beverage; it was the magnet that brought everyone together. Many years later, tea has continued to play a supportive role in the stories of their lives.
The birth of AfriJani Tea was fueled by a desire to share with Africa and the world the joys of friends, families, and communities bonding around a cup of tea. It is amazing how a tiny, brewed leaf is universal and cuts across cultures, religion, ethnic groupings and makes an enjoyable, refreshing event for all.
All You Need To Know About Tea
It is true that water is the most important substance needed for the survival of the human race. But after water, tea is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world. Tea is made from “Camellia Sinensis”; a Latin name still used by those who have been in the industry for years. It is also known as Thea Sinensis (the processed leaf of a plant). Regardless of what you call it though, the most important thing here is what comes out of the teapot.
The level of oxidation and processing is really what determines the color of the tea. Black Tea is fully oxidized, while Green Tea usually undergoes minimal oxidation. This helps the leaves retain their green color.
Red Tea (Oolong), is somewhat similar to Black Teas. The only difference with Red Tea is that its drying period is not as long as that of Black Tea and so the leaves are not as oxidized, or fermented.
Blends & Infusions – Tisanes
Tisanes is the category under which herbal blends and fruit infusions fall. A tisane is technically not a tea, as it refers to a caffeine-free blend consisting of herbs, botanicals and/or fruits prepared like a tea. Any beverage that does not contain tea leaves from Camellia Sinensis, is not a tea.
Tea Harvesting Process
Traditionally, tea is harvested by hand picking. During the picking process, only the best leaves are selected. It is usually cut off with a portion of the stem on which they have grown.