Bitaco Colombian ‘Leafy’ Green is a most unusual tea. The country of origin, Colombia, is not really known to be a tea producing region. Colombian coffee is well known and regarded around the world but this unique tea is a perfect example of what can be achieved in terms of tea production in the mountainous regions of Colombia. This Bitaco Colombian Leafy Green tea is from the spring 2020 harvest.
Bitaco Colombian Leafy Green tea is grown near the town of La Cumbre, situated high up in the West Andes. The altitude of the tea plantation is between 1,800 and 2,050 metres, making the growing conditions perfect for high grade tea. The prevalent weather, consistent rainfall, rich soil and mountainous slopes all combine to make a perfect but unique terroir. The area is also remote and surrounded by unspoilt natural terrain. This tea is certified as organic under USDA, EU and Colombian regulations.
Bitaco Tea Estate is run by Agricola Himalayas S.A. and they have extensive social responsibility programmes run in the area. These focus especially on education of children in the local area but also provide extensive support for other rural projects. You can find some more information (in Spanish) as well as photographs of the plantation on their website.
Bitaco Colombian Leafy Green tea consists of quite large dark green leaves that are wiry and twisted. It produces a light yellow liquor with a slight floral aroma. The smooth flavours are quite multilayered with a good depth but minimal dryness and astringency. The classic vegetal green tea profile leads to a creamy and sweet mouthfeel with light floral and fennel notes. The vegetal aftertaste is clean and brisk.
We suggest brewing parameters of 80°C for 2-3 minutes according to your taste, brewing 3 or more times.