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West of the Great Rift Valley, high in the eastern slopes of the Nandi hills lies the famed estate of Kapchorua. To the South, the Tinderet forest teems with Colobus monkeys, exotic birds, magnificent trees and crystal clear springs. To the North and West, undulating fields as far as they eye can see and to the East, the vast expanse of the Lessos plains. To say the estate is situated in one of the most beautiful corners of Earth is an understatement. First planted in 1947, Kapchorua’s location was chosen because of its proximity to the Timobo River, a prime tributary of Lake Victoria that bisects the estate and helps irrigate the gardens. A tribute to the original Planters, the estate today defines the word lush. Kapchorua retains some 675 hectares under tea with many acres more given to fuel wood, timber, bamboo and indigenous trees in an effort to ensure protection of the surrounding environment. Amongst the many hectares grow some of Kenya’s finest tea bushes, including the Ejulu variety, the highest quality grown in the country. It is from these bushes that Kapchorua produces some of the finest Kenyan teas the world markets have ever seen. Of these, one of the most notable is the green variety we offer here.Kapchorua’s green teas are produced using a technique that was developed and perfected on the estate itself. The unique process differs from that of almost every other producer in the world in that the fresh leaf is not steamed or fried prior to curing. Instead, after withering (a process by which the leaf is laid out in troughs and flushed with air), the tea is put through a CTC machine – cut, tear and curl – that does literally that. After the CTC machine, the shredded leaf is allowed to sit for approximately three minutes in order for slight fermentation to occur and then fed into a large dryer for final curing. The resulting green tea is consistently full-bodied and highly flavory. (Notably absent is the grassiness associated with most green teas.) Kapchorua’s high quality is renowned throughout the tea world and has led to the estate being recognized by both the Fair Trade Labeling Organization and Ethical Tea Partnership for outstanding production. (An excellent track record in providing a high quality of life for estate staff has helped in this regard as well.) We’re sure you’ll be delighted and amazed by the depth of character of what is truly one of the world’s finest and most unique green teas. As they say in Kenya, “Chai tamu na halisi sana”. – This is a very real and tasty tea!
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