Press Release: Tuesday, 07 August 2018

Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced the Great Taste stars of 2018. Out of over 12,600 products to be judged, Kenya Tea (UK) Ltd was awarded a 1-star Great Taste award, which means judges dubbed it a food that delivers fantastic flavour for its Premium Loose Tea. The judges described this product as, “A brisk, lively tea with good Kenyan character.” and “A neat black leaf produced a bright liquor, fresh and alive.”

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind-tasting by hundreds of judges.

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is vinegar, granola, bacon or cheese being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.

There were 12,634 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 192 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,207 received a 2-star and 3,254 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges this year included; MasterChef 2018 champion, Kenny Tutt, chef and food writer, Elly Curshen, eco-chef and food writer, Tom Hunt, author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, baker Tom Herbert, author and blogger, Izy Hossack, and baker and recipe writer, Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges and Sourced Market.

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Kenya Tea UK has launched a collection of premium teas, locally and ethically sourced from Kenya, to create an unrivalled brew for the British market.

In a market worth £450 million (Statista report, 2015) Kenya Tea UK is already differentiating itself. It is one of the few importers to provide a high-quality product, not blended or weakened with other variants, to deliver a distinctive rich aroma.

Kenyan tea is special owing to a number of unique factors that come together to create the perfect environment. This includes the right weather, soil, altitude, leaf-plucking methods and manufacturing process.

Peter Kamau, managing director of Kenya Tea UK, said:

“As some of the biggest tea-drinkers in the world, Brits have a distinct knowledge and appreciation for fine artisan products. As an independent curator and supplier of Kenyan teas, we are able to oversee every step of the process. From partnering with sustainable farmers approved by the Rainforest Alliance, to ensuring tea leaves are properly picked, packed at source and shipped to market within shortest time possible to retain their freshness. The result is a premium product with distinction, unspoilt by mass-production.”

The company uses sustainable farmers certified by the Rainforest Alliance and works with local suppliers ‘Union Tea Brokers Ltd’ to source the finest produce from high altitude tea plantations.

Freshness is key to this high-quality product. Within 14hrs of being picked, the leaves are already being processed to lock in their freshness and quality. From here the product travels to Mombasa – the heartbeat of Kenya’s tea export, where its journey continues across the waters and straight into your cuppa!

The Kenya Tea UK product range below is available to wholesale, retail and consumers:

Premium Loose Tea Our Premium Loose Tea is sourced from Kenya’s finest high altitude tea plantations with black tea in its purest form for those who want to create their own unique mixes or enjoy the tea as it is. Premium Everyday Tea Our enveloped Premium Everyday Tea Breakfast Blend teabags offer a convenient way to enjoy premium Kenyan tea wherever one might be – in a hotel, at a café, or in the comfort of home.

As well as selling direct to consumers, Kenya Tea UK works with a variety of business partners from restaurants to retailers, offering trade discounts for bulk orders. It also offers catering packages designed for the on-trade market.

The company will be showcasing their range at the forthcoming European Coffee Expo at Olympia, London (22-23 May, 2018) at stand H23.

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Kenya Tea will be exhibiting at the upcoming European Coffee Expo at London’s Olympia on 22nd – 23rd May 2018 on Stand H23.

We shall be showcasing our latest premium loose teas and tea bags as well as our new premium grade 100% Arabica green coffee beans, all ethically sourced and imported directly from renowned cooperatives and plantations in Kenya.

Two new products will be launched at the upcoming expo, including the following:

Premium Everyday Tea Our enveloped Premium Everyday Teabags offer a convenient way to enjoy premium Kenyan tea wherever one might be – in a hotel, at a café, or in the comfort of home. Green Coffee Beans Our Green Coffee Beans are suitable for expert baristas who are passionate about roasting their own superior quality coffee just the way they wish.

Our Premium Loose Tea will also be showcased at the European Coffee Expo, and it is already currently available online.

In addition to showcasing our latest products, we will be marketing our tea and coffee sourcing, sampling and bulk importation services for any potential trade partners who may be interested.

We look forward to demonstrating the exceptional quality of our products to trade buyers within the industry while participating in an exciting event focused on coffee and tea.

Register now for the event to get more information about attending the upcoming expo.

Get in on the Premium Black Tea Secret

“Where there’s tea there’s hope” –Arthur Wing Pinero

We’ve all heard it before, “tea has health benefits”, “tea will make you stronger”, or even, “tea is the elixir of life”. Eventually, it’s easy to shrug off as just another sales pitch, or one more annoying solution to today’s fast-paced, high-calorie, work-centred lifestyle.

The thing is, tea isn’t just another fad, and it’s not another empty answer to all of our problems. Unlike many new-fangled crazes, tea has been embraced for literally hundreds of years. So, unlike other health drinks or supplements, tea has some proven miles on it.

An age-old tradition around the world, black tea is chock full of cancer-fighting properties called antioxidants, and its caffeine level boosts productivity and powers you through the busiest day. This delicious drink isn’t just a cosy comfort, an afternoon recharge, or a soul-warming drink on a rainy day – it’s the go-to resource for fit, healthy, happy people around the world.

Derived from the Camellia Sinensis plant – native to China and India – black tea has been hand-plucked, blended, brewed, and steeped into a mouth-watering drink throughout history. Enjoyed by tea connoisseurs and health enthusiasts alike, black tea is frequently sipped straight up, with a little cream or honey, or in its most luxurious form – as the base for delicious chai tea.

“There doesn’t seem to be a downside to tea”, says American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, LD. “It’s pretty well established that the compounds in tea – their flavonoids – are good for the heart and may reduce cancer.” –

Even better, premium Kenyan tea is more convenient to toss in your purse or stock in your cupboard than a cumbersome health food drink, and what’s more, it’s classier and more exciting.

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea,” Henry James once said. And it’s true; the alluring aromas of black tea drifting through a house or workplace, and the anticipation of taking that first energizing sip are enough to hook even the most speculative folks.

Whether you have an hour to spend steeping and sipping your tea, or want a quick boost to grab on the go, black tea is the high-energy, delicious choice that promotes vitality, heightens brain function, and puts your life on the track to success.

Choose to sip black tea straight up or as a base for chai, this incredible health drink packs a punch like no other. Premium Kenya tea gives you the power to turnaround the slowest day, to revolutionize a week, and to uplift your life. From loose tea blends to specially packaged tea bags that are quick and fun to take to work, you’ll find the perfect solution for your lifestyle with this awesome, endlessly beneficial drink.

The Elixir of Life: The Ticket to Success

“A man does not work only for the sake of producing, but to set a value on his time. We feel more satisfied with ourselves and with our day if we have stirred up our minds…” –Eugene Delacroix

Whether you’re a small business owner or the executive of a multinational corporation, black tea could be your secret to employee satisfaction, and a ticket to the long-term success of your business.

“Employee attitudes typically affect the morale of a company,” says April Shetrone in an article, “Satisfaction, however, is not linked solely to compensation. Sure, a raise or benefits will probably improve employee contentment, at least temporarily, but small, inexpensive changes can have a long-term impact.” –

Speciality tea that demonstrates your investment and care for your team members may be one of those small, significant changes. Having some premium tea available for your team members can turnaround a day at the office, improve your week’s outcome, and elevate your entire company performance.

Your day-to-day company performance is in the hands of your employees, and the happier they are, the better your business. From the way you’re perceived by customers to developing partnerships with other companies, and to your bottom line – your employees shape your business. The more they care about their work, the more success you experience.

So, what can you do to make your employees care about your business, feel empowered, and approach each day with unstoppable energy? The answer is simple, affordable, and super accessible.

Black Tea has been used for centuries to boost productivity, increase energy, and for its innumerable health benefits. By stocking your office kitchen with some premium Kenya Tea blends, you’re investing – not only in your employee satisfaction – in the long-term success of your business.

With powerful antioxidants that can help reduce the risk of a variety of different cancers, and a healthy dose of caffeine that ups energy, boosts brain function, and triggers inspiration – for many businesses, Kenya Tea is both the elixir of life and a ticket to business success.

Providing a little black tea, or other premium tea for your employees packs a double punch. Your staff will appreciate that you’ve invested in a high-quality product that significantly enhances their wellbeing. They’ll appreciate you, and immediately feel a sense of empowerment after just one cup.

With employees that feel cared for, get a daily energy boost, and remain invested in the success of your business, you’ll have the energetic, focused team able to outshine your competition, and launch your company to the next level. Kenya Tea is here to provide you that exceptional resource.