Steamed Green Zomba is a green tea that is grown on the Satemwa Estate in the Shire Highlands area of Malawi. It is somewhat unusual, especially since it adopts the Japanese methods of production by using steam to stop the oxidation process.
Malawi is the second largest tea producing region of Africa after Kenya. Most of it, however, does end up destined for the tea bag industry of the UK and South Africa and is grown on large plantations owned by the big multinational corporations. The Satemwa Estate by contrast is family owned and operated. They have very strong social and environmental responsibility programmes that provide a fair wage to their workers and support to the local communities.
This Steamed Green Zomba is a particularly smooth and mild green tea. When brewed, a fruity and sweet nose combines with a grassy character that is delicate, vegetal and slightly fruity. Minimally astringent, there are notes of spinach and grapes with a clean finish.
This tea is best brewed at 80°C for around 2-3 minutes according to your taste. This tea should be brewed multiple times (2+) depending on your taste preferences.
This Malawian Steamed Green Zomba green tea was first featured in our March 2016 Curious Tea Subscription Boxes.