East African Teas
Expert Tea Growers in Africa’s Finest Tea Gardens
The journey begins with the expert cultivators in Africa’s finest tea gardens. To produce the best tasting teas requires knowledge and dedication, from the stewardship of the estate managers through to the farmers Perfect Pick in the tea fields. A tea growing region generally consists of either ‘captive tea’, which is tea land privately owned by a tea factory or ‘out grower or small holder tea’, which is land owned by individuals, who supply leaf to the factory either independently or by forming tea cooperatives.
“East African tea estates provide valuable employment all year round.”
Estate managers are responsible for the overall functioning of the tea estates and this includes all work related to tea planting, cultivation, harvesting, manufacture and welfare.
“To get the best tasting tea you need the best growers. It is as simple as that.”
Each tea bush is expertly manicured through the correct pruning and picking techniques. Farmers need to adhere diligently to these techniques to consistently produce the desired quality of green leaf that we select for the Birchall standard.
“All our teas are individually hand plucked ensuring the full flavour and rich taste Birchall is known for.””
Our dedication to ensuring that all the leaves we buy are only ever hand plucked ensures that our tea is much fuller in flavour and richer in taste.