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      Rwandan Black, OP1

      Origin: Africa
      Estate: Rukeri Estate
      Organic & Kosher

      Rwandan Black Tea

      Hot, humid days, cool evenings, periodic rainy seasons, rich soil, hilly terrain & elevations reaching nearly 6,000 ft. make for excellent tea growing at Rukeri Estate. These long, twisted, deeply fragrant black OP1 grade leaves are grown just above 5,200 ft. in north west Rwanda. The dry leaves emit  enticing hints of dried stone fruit while the steeped leaves offer mildly spicy notes with whispers of tobacco.  Sip the smooth, robust amber liquor for a rewarding malty cuppa ~ a fast favorite.

      Rukeri Estate was the first certified organic tea garden/factory in Rwanda & first to introduce green technologies, like waste recycling. A pioneer on workers' rights & having campaigned against child labor, Rukeri was the first private company in Rwanda to sign a collective bargaining agreement with its workers. Our source for this tea is the primary sponsor of a program designed by Africa Healing Exchange which teaches entrepreneurial skills to women in Rwanda via culturally-appropriate business ideas that help alleviate food insecurity & poverty while protecting the natural habitat for our endangered species. This purchase helps a community of 100,000 Rwandans live a life outside of poverty.

      See further below for detailed Steeping Instructions

      $12.00 each


      Steeping Instructions

      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.

      • 4 oz. box makes approx. 50 cups
      • 1 lb. bulk bag makes approx. 175 cups
      • .75 - 1 oz. tin makes approx. 10 cups
      • Some blends are lighter than others; Tin size 2.5″ w x 1″ h
      • 1 oz. Sample makes approx. 10 cups

      *see Tea Caddy for storage option*

      Transfer contents of box to an air-tight,opaque ceramic or tin kept away from heat and moisture.

      All retail packaging components are manufactured in the USA. The box is made from post-consumer-recycled Kraft; the sealed inner bag is sustainably sourced compostable plant-derived material (Nature Flex), labels are made from recycled content with water-soluble inks. All handling, blending, packing is done by hand on-site at SerendipiTea.