Colombian Black Tea
Wouldn’t it be cool to tell your friends you got your tea from a volcanic mountain range?
Sure, they’d be impressed (and maybe a little concerned about why you went so far for tea). But we wouldn’t judge because Colombian Black Tea is so good that we’d actually consider making the trip for it.
Thankfully, we don’t have to because we recently started selling it in our stores. It’s taken a special place in our hearts, and in this article, we’ll explain why. We’ll talk about the origins of this loose-leaf tea, as well as the aromas and flavors you can expect when you make it.
So pull up a chair and get comfortable, because it’s time to dive in.
Where Colombia Grows Its Tea
The Andes are one of the largest mountain ranges in the world, spanning more than 4,460 miles across seven countries and dividing the northern and southern halves of South America. It is home to 600 species of animals, 400 species of fish, 30,000 types of plants. Oh, and it’s also where tomatoes and potatoes originally came from.
So how did the Andes become a source of delicious tea?
Colombia first entered the tea industry in the 1950s. The government, eager to diversify the types of crops it grew (and exported), bought tea trees from Brazil—the first in its many steps to grow and industry and create the delicious beverage we sell in our store.
Tea gardens in the Andes are typically surrounded by rainforests, and the crops do well in the volcanic soil. (Most of the Andes’ peaks are, in fact, volcanoes. We weren’t kidding earlier when we alluded to this.)
Colombia’s climate is consistent throughout the year, thanks to its position near the Equator. For Colombia, that means tea producers can harvest tea all year long. For tea coinessuers like us, it means we can enjoy this type of black tea anytime we want!
How to Enjoy Colombian Black Tea
Now that you know where Colombian Black Tea comes from, the next logical question is easy: how can you enjoy it?
When it’s brewed, Colombian Black Tea emotes a fruity aroma. You’ll also be able to detect the cacao. It has a woodsy flavor, with some hints of cocoa. The body isn’t strong, but it does possess some astringency—in other words, it’s slightly acidic.
Simply put, you can enjoy a hearty cup of tea that can hold up well with cream. You may even pick up on some sweet raisin notes while you’re enjoying it!
You’ll need to boil the water to 212 degrees’ Fahrenheit. You’ll want to steep 1 teaspoon of the tea for 2.5 minutes before you can enjoy it. But that’s the easy part. The hard part is, well, not brewing it all the time. Because you’re going to want to have it all the time.
Own a Piece of the Andes
We’ve got Colombian Black Tea in our store, so swing by and try a cup today!