• Reviews

    JusTea Purple Leaf Tea

    Country of Origin: Kenya Leaf Appearance: dark, twisted Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: stainless steel infuser basket Liquor: pale plum It’s been several years since the last time I shared something from JusTea here on the blog. For those of you that aren’t familiar, they are a Vancouver-based company that has sought to bring about much-needed change to the tea industry in Kenya. Farmers make very little per day, largely because the leaves are sold to corporate processing plants. JusTea works to build cooperative processing centers, allowing smallholders to process specialty teas themselves. Purple tea seems to be getting more and more press these days. Although it is often…


  • Reviews

    What-Cha Kenyan Hand Rolled Purple Oolong

    Country of Origin: Kenya Leaf Appearance: dark, long and twisted Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Tea Maker Liquor: amber What-Cha seems to have a knack for finding unusual teas from unusual places. Some of you might remember my review of their purple Kenyan green tea from earlier this year. Having enjoyed that selection I was excited to dig into this oolong. The leaves were fairly dark in appearance but took on a greenish purple hue after brewing. Hand rolling produces a much prettier end result than machines ever could and the effort put in was obvious here. The taste was floral and somewhat sweet…