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Tea: Earl Grey, Direct Trade
Origin: Satemwa Estate, Malawi & Reggio Calabria
A tradition Earl Grey blended with pure bergamot oil. A classic British tea made to exacting standards - clean and bright with exhilarating citrus notes. Chef Diana's favorite tea.
Makes 35-40 cups of tea.
Blended from teas lovingly grown and made on a farm called Satemwa on Thyolo Mountain in the Shire Highlands of Malawi. Satemwa is the oldest tea estate in Malawi, still run by the same family - Alex is the 3rd generation Kay to look after the garden.
Not just one infusion
Our rare teas are of such high quality that the same leaves can be infused several times. Each time you infuse the tea different subtleties of the delicate flavours will be released.
It is essential that the tea leaves are not left to stew once they have been infused; straining the tea completely between infusions will prevent the leaves from becoming bitter - it's akin to cooking a steak to perfection and then leaving it in the frying pan.
In China it is widely believed that the second or third infusion of fine tea is the best.
Cost per cup is $0.45, based on 2.5 g tea and two infusions.
Unique Terroir: The Rare Tea Company travels the world in search of unique tea gardens and the skilled men and woman who craft the finest tea – where each harvest captures the most delicious flavours that their particular corner of the world can offer.
Direct Trade: The Rare Tea Company has been working directly with their farmers since 2004, building long-term relationships. RTC don’t buy from brokers, middle-men or commodity markets. RTC keeps the value of their tea with the people who make it.
Sustainability: The Rare Tea Company supports the 3 pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic and social. Their teas are grown without pesticides and herbicides. No bags with bleaches, glues and micro-plastics that waste precious resources for single use.
The Rare Charity: When Henrietta Lovell, the founder of Rare Tea Company, visited Satemwa, she saw the possibility of creating social change. She decided to re-invest a percentage of Rare Tea’s annual revenue directly back into the community. Henrietta asked the workers on the Estate where they would most like to see change, and they gave her a clear and unanimous answer: education for our children. Rare Charity was founded to respond to this need.