We can’t seem to get enough of this wonderful Estate’s tea so have added a fifth type to our ever-growing list. We already have a green Orange Pekoe plus a black Broken Orange Pekoe, our great selling black Pekoe and a white Silver Needles, so this completes the set. This Plantation is found in the North of Rwanda and is a collection of small farm-holders belonging to the cooperative ASSOPTHE. ASSOPTHE has 4,526 members, growing tea in two areas named Cyohoha and Rukeri, these are found at an altitude of 5,900 feet. The terroir within this area of high moisture and an acidic soil, produces exceptional quality teas as well as quite high yields.
The Cooperative ASSOPTHE Cyohoha-Rukeri which is Fair Trade Certified, is very close to the SORWATHE Tea Factory, which is also a Fair Trade Certified Hired Labour Tea Producer, this ensures that the leaves are delivered fresh from the field to the Factory. The Individual farmers sell their leaves to SORWATHE, where APPOPTHE owns 13.3% of the shares.
I steeped these fine leaves for five minutes at 100oC. Helen had hers with milk, as is her want, “A lovely malty traditional African Tea, and I love it.”