Tea was first planted in the East African country of Mozambique in the 1920s by Portuguese settlers in (Zambezia Province) located in the southern Rift Valley. Ideally situated in the foothills of famed Mount Namuli, this fertile region boasts a cool, moist climate at high elevations. Tea production was robust & enjoyed both domestic & international success, becoming one of Mozambique's main exports by the 1960's. Then, in 1975, after nearly five centuries of colonial rule, Mozambique gained its independence from Portugal after which decades of civil war ensued. Tea production plummeted & gardens were abandoned...until fairly recently. The past decade has been dedicated to revitalizing Mozambique's tea gardens & we are thrilled to bring you the results of that dedication & hard work. Cheers!
Mozambique Black Tea
1. Fill kettle with fresh water, then heat.
2. Warm your teapot with a little hot water, discard, place your tea leaves in teapot, allowing heat of the pot to release bouquet of the tea leaves.
3. Heat water to rolling boil (212°). Steep 1 teaspoon (2.5 g/8 oz. cup) up to 5 minutes.
*Vary time according to taste, & remember that steeping tea leaves beyond 5 mins does not contribute to flavor, only bitterness.