The story of Kosabei begins in Assam, India. One of Assam’s early planters was a man by the name of George Williamson. Williamson’s excellent business acumen and knack for growing and manufacturing exceptional teas soon caught the attention of the London auction houses and his company grew into one of the largest and best-run private tea companies in the world. During their many years growing tea in Assam, George Williamson’s perfected the art of the tea world’s finer grades, among them, TGFOP – Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe. During the early part of the new millennium, George Williamson’s moved their business from Assam to Kenya, bringing their tea expertise with them and ushering in a new era of Kenyan production.
Until the arrival of Williamson’s in Kenya, most Kenyan teas produced for the export market were CTC production, the result of the fact that Kenya’s industry came of age during the 20th century, a decidedly more mechanized age than the 19th. Recognizing the exceptional quality of seasonal Kenyan leaf, Williamson’s decided to experiment with some of the more traditional Orthodox leaf styles they had manufactured back in Assam. The result is some of the finest, most flavorful teas to be found anywhere on Earth.