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The water is best freshly filtered and should not be re-boiled because this diminishes the oxygen content.
For good tea the water should be below boiling. This is because the amino acids (which produce the tea’s flavour) dissolve at lower temperatures than tannin. Tea made with water at 100°c will be more astringent and less sweet.
Ideally stop the kettle before it reaches the rolling boil- when small bubbles form along the sides of the kettle. Alternatively the warm cup brewing method is an excellent way to cool the water (see below).
If you are a real taskmaster and want to get it exactly right green tea is best at about 70°c.

Steeping Times

Green Tea

Green teas should be brewed for 1-2 minutes for the first brew. If you are going to make iced tea or to sweeten the green tea with sugar you may want to let it steep a little longer to bring out the more robust tannic flavours. We sell Jani Green Tea in 50s Tea Bags and in loose 250g.

 Ketepa Jani Green Tea.

Black Tea Bags

For black tea the steeping times really differ with preference.  If you want to drink the tea on it’s own (without milk) 45 seconds-1 minute is ideal but if you want to build the strong tannic flavours you may want to leave it longer for 2-3 minutes. We sell tea bags in Ketepa Pride 100s, 25s and 50s tea bags in enveloped, tagged and tagless variants and Safari Pure 50s and 100s tea bags for convenience. 

Ketepa Pride Tea Bag

Flavoured Tea

For flavoured black tea the steeping times differ with preference as well.  If you want to drink the tea on it is own (without milk) 4 minutes is ideal. For a deeper richer taste, leave the tea bag in for 5 minutes. The different variants offered at Ketepa include Forest Fruit, Mango, Lemon, Ginger, Masala, Mint, Earl Grey, Jasmine, Caramel, Orange and Cinnamon.   

 Ketepa Flavoured Teas.

Black Tea Leaves.

For black tea leaves, heat the water to about  200° to  212°F. When the water begins to roll, measure the tea leaves and place in the kettle. The advisable amount of time to leave the tea leaves in is 4 minutes depending on your taste. Sieve into another kettle and serve in a mug. We sell Fahari Ya Kenya Black tea leaves in 5kg, 2.5kg, 1kg, 500g, 250g, 100g, 50g, 25g, 15g, 5g, Fahari Ya Kenya Tangawizi in 250g, 100g, 50g and Safari pure in 1kg, 500g, 250g.

Ketepa Black Tea.

Milk and sugar?

Some may decide to go without both. Green teas is so delicate and naturally sweet that you won’t need to add sugar or milk.  With black tea anything goes. We sell the best teas – and they do not need anything but it’s entirely a matter of taste.  

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