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2023 Satemwa Zomba Steamed Green

2023 Satemwa Zomba Steamed Green


Simply put...

A smooth everyday green tea with enough body for a morning cup

From the Satemwa Tea Estates in the Shire Highlands, Malawi, SE Africa.

Plucked by the Satemwa specialty tea plucking team - part of the 198 independent small holder tea farmers around Satemwa.

In more depth...

  • Tea Name : #210 Zomba Green TSFOP - steamed
  • Tea Maker : plucked by Satemwa specialty tea plucking team – processed by Chisomo Custom

  • Harvest Time : September 

  • Cultivar : Zomba Cultivar

  • Plucking standard : 2 leaves and a bud

  • Processing : steamed green tea

  • Experience : A robust & well rounded steamed green tea

How to make Satemwa Zomba Steamed Green

Amount of tea per cup (200 ml): 2.5g (1 teaspoon) of leaf

Temperature of water: Infuse at 80 C 

Infusion time: 1 - 2 minutes

Number of infusions: 2-3

How to enjoy: No milk, no sugar

*Once brewed remove leaves

Tales of the Tea Trade : Satemwa :
The Shining Light in African Tea
Michelle : Extract from our our book Tales of the tea trade : 

The tea Industry in Malawi is tough.  One of the poorest countries in the world, its economy is heavily reliant on tea export and the livelihood of its often marginalized tea communities is at the mercy of a multitude of factors, not least the changing global climate [....] but this is not a story of woe it is one of modern pioneers reviving the tea industry, making brave decisions and taking risks to bring us truly great teas. Alexander Kay is a third-generation tea farmer at Satemwa Tea Estate.

[Photo below : Satemwa Tea Factory : Credit Annette Kay : Satemwa] 

We have worked with the team at Satemwa for a few years now, and their hand-rolled Zomba Pearls are incredibly popular at our teahouses. We have discovered a talented team prepared to have open and honest conversations around the shape and direction of the tea market. Their story is one of optimism, innovation and great-tasting teas [...]

[Photo below : Pearls and cup : Credit Annette Kay : Satemwa] 

[...] Wouter Verelst from Satemwa told me that about the strong sector-funded Tea Research Foundation in Malawi, which has overseen the development
of the cultivars here: ‘It has worked hard since the 1960s to develop some endemic Malawian cultivars adapted to the unique terroir and specific climate and also high in theanine and catechins. They did, and are still doing, a lot of research on climate change-resistant varieties.’ From these cultivars Satemwa produces a range of high-quality pesticide-free teas and is certifed by Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ  
[...]  Alexander decided to revive the production of the orthodox teas in 2006 and what you see today is the result of hours of experimenting and tasting by Alexander and the Satemwa Speciality Team informed by trips to Sri Lanka, China, India and Japan to look at different techniques and production methods. We never wanted to simply replicate teas from elsewhere – the aim has always been to create a Satemwa style, with our own character and signature [...] 

This approach is incredibly forward-thinking and shows that successful diversification is possible in markets predominantly known for commodity black tea.

[...] The key to long-term success at Satemwa has been establishing a reputation for Malawian orthodox teas based on craftsmanship, knowledge and experience'[...] 

[Photo below : Hand Rolling Tea : Credit Annette Kay : Satemwa] 

Photos below 

[1. Smallholders Satemwa : Credit Annette Kay : Satemwa] 
[2. Trees and light : Credit Annette Kay : Satemwa] 
[3. Tea Sample Room : Credit Annette Kay : Satemwa] 


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