Satemwa (BP1), Malawi Africa, Fair Trade, Black Loose Leaf Tea
Item# SatemwaBP1FairTradeBlackLooseLeafTea
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Satemwa (BP1)

Loose - Estate Tea

CUP CHARACTERISTICS: A superbly well-rounded tea. Positively dripping with expansive malty notes. Opens beautifully with a dash of milk.



REGION(S): Shire Highlands

GROWING ALTITUDES: 3500 - 5000 feet above sea level

GRADE(S): BP1 (Broken Pekoe #1)

MANUFACTURE TYPE(S): CTC (Cut, Torn and Curled)






ARTISANAL NOTES: Small batch blended and packed in Canada.

INFUSION: Golden orange with reddish highlights

If all businesses were run with the social and environmental integrity of Malawi's Satemwa estate, the world would be a much nicer place to be. The estate was first planted in 1923 by a Scotsman named Maclean Cathcart Kay, and from the beginning has been operated with careful consideration of the people who work there and the land it is situated on. In recent years, management of Satemwa, which is still owned by third-generation Cathcart Kay family members, has undertaken a number of initiatives that reaffirm their standing as upstanding corporate citizens.

The first of these notable initiatives was Satemwa's achievement in obtaining Fair Trade certification. For Satemwa's management team, the decision to go Fair Trade was a natural one. To begin with, the estate has long believed in quality over quantity. The production focuses on exceptionally high-quality teas that fetch higher prices at auction with higher profit margins. These high-quality teas require skilled artisans to produce them, meaning better, higher-paying jobs are available and the margins mean profits can be retained and distributed to workers at all levels of the manufacturing process. As a result of its policies, Satemwa became Malawi's first Fair Trade certified estate. (Interestingly, Satemwa, which rents rooms in its bungalows to tourists, is a personal favorite of the President of Fair Trade.)

Another recent initiative has been active participation in the reforestation of Malawi. Unknown to many in the West, Malawi has suffered from massive deforestation over the past 2 decades. Between 1990 and 2000 alone, more than one-fifth of Malawi's forests disappeared. Between 1998 and 2002, the 2000ha Thyolo Mountain Forest Reserve adjacent to Satemwa estate was completely deforested, the result of a local politician promising the land to locals during an election campaign. The deforestation has had a massive impact on Malawi's ecosystem as silt from cleared land clogs rivers and biodiversity plummets - 23 tree species are now considered endangered. To help combat the problem, Satemwa has begun donating Eucalyptus seedlings, 3000 in 2007 alone, and undertaken a public campaign to educate people on the importance of replanting.

If that were not enough, yet another of Satemwa's ethical undertakings is the provision of a weekly free "under 5" medical clinic. The clinic, which is operated on estate grounds, is open to all children in the area whether their parents work on the estate or not. To top everything off, Satemwa's tea output is in a word, outstanding - you can literally taste the care that goes into each and every cup. This BP1 is an excellent example of the estate's quality. Loaded with round notes of malt, the cup is assertive with well-balanced layers of astringency and a long, full finish. A super tea from one of the world's best-run estates - a cup to feel great about.

BP1 means this Satemwa tea contains only the highest quality leaves in the Broken Pekoe classification.

TEACUP 8oz (237ml)
AMOUNT 1 heaping teaspoon of "The Perfect Measure Spoon"
MILD 2-3 min
MEDIUM 4-5 min
STRONG 6-7 min
We recommend 4-5 min

TEAPOT 18oz (532ml)
AMOUNT 2 heaping teaspoons of "The Perfect Measure Spoon"
MILD 2-3 min
MEDIUM 4-5 min
STRONG 6-7 min
We recommend 4-5 min



Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 7-9oz / 200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea).

ICED TEA BREWING METHOD (Pitcher): (To Make 1 Liter/Quart):
Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1 cups/315ml over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about.)

ICED TEA BREWING METHOD (Individual Serving):
Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea into a teapot for each serving required. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 6-7oz/170-200ml per serving over the tea. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Add hot tea to a 12oz/375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the tea. Not all of the tea will fit, allowing for approximately an additional serving. Sweeten and/or add lemon to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about!)

FOOD SAFETY ADVISORY: We strongly recommend using filtered or freshly drawn cold water brought to a rolling boil when brewing all types of tea. Today's water has been known to carry viruses, parasites, and bacteria. Boiling the water will kill these elements and reduce the potential incidence of water-borne illnesses.

RECOMMENDATION: We recommend the use of our '1 Cup of Perfect Tea' measuring spoon for best results. Please contact us to place an order.

ANTIOXIDANT BENEFIT: For a greater antioxidant benefit brew longer and use more tea.

** Allergens controlled by robust HACCP and GMP manufacturing protocols.

Item - Present in the product - Present in the same manufacturing factory
Tree Nuts and Derivatives of Tree Nuts No Yes
Almonds No Yes
Brazil Nuts No No
Cashews No No
Chestnuts No No
Coconut No Yes
Hazelnut No Yes
Hickory No No
Macadamia No No
Pecan No No
Pine No No
Pistachio No No
Walnut No Yes
Peanuts and Derivatives of Peanuts No No
Peanuts No No
Peanut Oil No No
Sesame Seeds and Derivatives of Sesame Seeds No No
Sesame Seeds No No
Sesame Oil refined No No
Wheat and Derivatives of Wheat No No
Wheat Starch Hydrolysates No No
Egg and Derivatives of Eggs No No
Milk, Dairy and Derivatives of Dairy No Yes
Soybeans and Derivatives of Soybeans No Yes
Soy Oil/Soybean Oil No No
Soy Lecithin No Yes
Crustaceans and Derivatives of Crustaceans No No
Abalone No No
Clam No No
Crab No No
Crayfish No No
Cuttlefish No No
King Prawn No No
Krill No No
Lobster No No
Mussels No No
Oysters No No
Scallop No No
Shrimp No No
Snail No No
Squid No No
Fish and Derivatives of Fish No No
Anchovies No No
Bonito No No
Coal Fish No No
Mackerel No No
Perch/Tilapia No No
Salmon No No
Cod No No
Tuna No No
White Fish No No
Fish, unspecified No No
Mustard and Derivatives of Mustard No No
Sulfur Dioxide and Sulfites at concentrations of more than 10mg/kg expressed as S02 No Yes
Gluten and Derivatives of Gluten No No
Gluten from Barley No No
Gluten from Kamut No No
Gluten from Oat No No
Gluten from Rye No No
Gluten from Spelt No No
Gluten from Triticale No No
Gluten from Wheat No No
Celery and Products thereof No No
Lupin and Products thereof No No
Column 'Present in the product' indicates the allergens that may be found in the product, from addition or cross contamination. Column 'Present in the same manufacturing plant' indicates whether any allergens are present in the factory.