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Kenya Black ...

"Broken leaf style with some tips. I like that it's grown in a co-operative of small land-holders. It steeps to a clear, brisk cup with real mild peppery notes at the finish."

Mark
With black tea, the leaves are allowed to completely oxidize. The Chinese call it red tea because the actual tea liquid is red. Westerners call it black tea because the tea leaves used to brew it are usually black. Red tea in the U.S. commonly refers to Rooibos, an increasingly popular tisane from South Africa.

Fully fermented, it contains more caffeine than other teas but still only half as much as coffee. Black tea is made from the more mature leaves on the plant. It stores very well, matures with age and is generally stronger in flavor. Though ready to drink after processing, the longer black tea is stored the better, retaining its flavor for several years.

The oxidation process will take around two weeks and up to one month. Once the leaves are picked, they are left to wither for several hours. Then they are processed in either of two ways, CTC (Crush, Tear, Curl) or orthodox. The CTC method is used for lower quality leaves that end up in tea bags and are processed by machines. This method is efficient and effective for producing a better quality product from medium and lower quality leaves. Orthodox processing is done by hand. Hand processing is used for high quality teas. Next, the leaves are fermented. Since fermentation begins at the rolling stage itself, the time between these stages is a crucial factor. Rolling causes oils from the leaves are brought to the surface. These aromatic oils aid in the oxidation process, which last for several hours and will determine the quality of the tea. The leaves are then placed into ovens until they are 80 percent dry, the leaves may complete their drying over wood fires. dried to arrest the fermentation process. Finally, the leaves are sorted into grades according their sizes (whole leaf, broken, fannings and dust), usually with the use of sieves.
Pu-erh Tea
Golden Tip 3 year
Origin: Yunnan, China
Certified Organic
This Pu-erh has dark and reddish black leaves. This tea, with its strong persistent aroma, is very popular due to its effectiveness in getting rid of toxins in the body and helping indigestion. The Pu-erh tea has been subject to a number of health studies. A number of them have substantiated claims that the tea helps reduce cholesterol levels and saturated fats in humans, and that it might also assist in weight loss. It is a fermented tea, named after Pu'er county in Yunnan, China. It is an unusual tea, because unlike other teas which are consumed shortly after production, it can be over 50 years old and is usually aged at least 1-4 years. Over this time it acquires an earthy flavor due to fermentation (not the oxidation used for oolong or black teas). This leads to Pu-erh having the unique trait among tea varieties of not losing its qualities after a year or two and of being classified by connoisseurs by year of production.
Mini Tou- Cha 5 Year
Origin: Yunnan, China
This small compressed Pu-erh has an earthy, distinct aroma that emanates from the slow unraveling of it’s unique shape. One Tuo-Cha is good for a small pot or several cups over. Brewing time is recommended at 45 seconds. This tea is very popular due to its effectiveness in getting rid of toxins in the body and helping indigestion. The Pu-erh tea has been subject to a number of health studies. A number of them have substantiated claims that the tea helps reduce cholesterol levels and saturated fats in humans, and that it might also assist in weight loss. Pu-erh is a fermented tea, named after Pu'er county in Yunnan, China. It is an unusual tea, because unlike other teas which are consumed shortly after production, it can be over 50 years old and is usually aged at least 1-4 years. Over this time it acquires an earthy flavor due to fermentation (not the oxidation used for oolong or black teas). This leads to Pu-erh having the unique trait among tea varieties of not losing its qualities after a year or two.
Young Pu-erh 1 year
Origin: Yunnan, China
A character described as elemental. The tea leaves come from the “Dayeh” variety closely related to the original tea tree. Unlike other pu-erh’s this variety is made from younger leaves. The Pu-erh tea has been subject to a number of health studies. A number of them have substantiated claims that the tea helps reduce cholesterol levels and saturated fats in humans, and that it might also assist in weight loss. It is a fermented tea, named after Pu'er county in Yunnan, China. It is an unusual tea, because unlike other teas which are consumed shortly after production, it can be over 50 years old and is usually aged at least 1-4 years. Over this time it acquires an earthy flavor due to fermentation (not the oxidation used for oolong or black teas). This leads to Pu-erh having the unique trait among tea varieties of not losing its qualities after a year or two and of being classified by connoisseurs by year of production.
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Base Camp
House Blend
Smokey and earthy. An adventuresome blend of Lapsang Souchong and Pu-erh teas. Offers familiar memories of camping under the tall pines. Lapsang souchong is a black tea whose flavor is usually described as "smoky". The Pu-erh is very popular due to its effectiveness in getting rid of toxins in the body and helping indigestion. Unlike other teas, Pu-erh’s, can be over 50 years old and is usually aged at least 1-4 years. Over this time it acquires an earthy flavor due to fermentation (not the oxidation used for oolong or black teas). This unique blend is most complementary to spicy or salty foods. Also, it is well suited to outdoor enthusiasts, especially after intense physical activities like hiking, distance running, or rock-climbing. This may be due to the fact that commonly available lapsang souchong is usually made from larger, lower grade leaves, that usually also have less theine than higher grades.
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Bare Root Rose
House Blend
This tea is a mixture of premium aged Pu-erh tea leaves and natural rose flower buds. This distinctive superior Pu-erh tea comes from the cloud-veiled mountains of the Yunnan province. The brewed bright reddish liquor looks like Burgundy, and yields smooth aroma with calming and sweet rose overtones. The sweetness of natural wild rose flowers nicely complements the good taste of Pu-erh, creating a healthy and soothing tea with a subtle sweet floral fragrance. It is highly recommended for those who are new to Pu-erh as well as seasoned tea drinkers. Deep, dark, richly complex & rewarding pu-erh seduced by the romance of rose petals.
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Beeng Cha Pu-erh
This compressed Pu-erh, cake tea has an earthy, distinct aroma that emanates with it's slow unraveling. Because the compression is less than other pu-erh bricks, the leaves are more likely to be whole. This tea is very popular due to its effectiveness in getting rid of toxins in the body and helping indigestion. The Pu-erh tea has been subject to a member of health studies. A number of them have substatiated claims that the tea helps reduce cholesterol levels and saturated fats in humans, and that it might also assist in weight loss. Pu-erh is a fermentated tea, named after Pu'er county in Yunnan, China. It is an unusual tea, because unlike other teas which are consumed shortly after production, it can be over 50 years old and is usually aged 1-4 years. Over this time it acquires an earthy flavor due to fermentation (not the oxidation used for oolong or black teas). THis leads to Pu-erh having the unique trait among tea varieties of not losing its qualities after a year or two.
aka Bing & QiZi (Seven Sons)
Aged 2 Years
357 gm
Origin: Yunnan, China
Specially selected and processed from the finest and tender raw tea leaves. Rich in aroma and smooth in flavor
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Lime Pu-erh
origin: China
Camellia senensis, lemon peel, orange slices, flavoring.
This invigorating black tea is refined by a fresh and lively lime flavor. Decorative orange slices and lemon peel underline this refreshing character. Pu-erh teas have been subject to a number of health studies. A number of them have substantiated claims that the tea helps reduce cholesterol levels and saturated fats in humans, and that it might also assist in weight loss. It is a fermented tea, named after Pu'er county in Yunnan, China. It is an unusual tea, because unlike other teas which are consumed shortly after production, it can be over 50 years old and is usually aged at least 1-4 years. Over this time it acquires an earthy flavor due to fermentation (not the oxidation used for oolong or black teas). This leads to Pu-erh having the unique trait among tea varieties of not losing its qualities after a year or two and of being classified by connoisseurs by year of production.
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Coffee or Tea?
 For those that just can't decide between coffee or tea. Or switching from coffee to tea. A combination of aged pu-erh and Ethiopian coffee and a dash of Kerala cocoa. The result a surprisingly delicious and brisk cup.
Cream Brulee
Toasty caramel and lightly sweet. Excellent dessert-like finish.
Luxury Ingredients: Black tea (Pu-erh style), black tea, Coffee pieces, Calendula +Sunflower petals, Natural Flavors .
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