- Satemwa TSFBOP1 Background
- Black Tea Preparation
Satemwa TSFBOP1 is a Natural Dryer Mouth production which effectively skips part of the CTC process. A portion of tea is set aside after the Rotovane machine and mixed with tea that has gone through some but not all of the CTC machines - importantly sidestepping the final machine that rolls the leaf into tiny pellets. The resulting mix is rough and leafy, looking very different from a typical CTC tea. Inspect a handful and you’ll see broad chunks of leaf, small chop, wiry stems and even some stalk. The cup, is still incredibly rich with light touches of malt but with an exceptionally fresh, very natural and almost unfinished edge, albeit a very soft one leading to a smooth finish.
Ingredients: Artisan black tea
Origin: Satemwa Estate, Malawi
Unlike most single estate loose leaf teas, Natural Tea is produced and shipped in an un-graded state. As such a typical Natural Tea is comprised of every grade normally produced by the Estate. This might range from the intense, robust Dust grades right up to the more mildly flavored Pekoe grades. The subsequent blending of leaf character, all from one Estate origin, produces a cup that is rich, exceptionally rounded and tasteful.
Natural Teas are grown on Estates that use no herbicides or pesticides. Satemwa Estate is certified Fair Trade and is also certified by the Rainforest Alliance and the Ethical Tea Partnership.
As with the other tea producing countries of Africa, black tea has long been the mainstay of Satemwa’s production primarily in the CTC style and they have recently enhanced this with the introduction of orthodox tea. They produce a full range of styles from OPA whole leaf types to TSFBOP1's. These teas are finding a following amongst discerning palates around the world. As with all their teas, they make these blacks from different varieties that have different characteristics. Some of these characteristics complement each others in blends, whilst others, like a fine wine, stand out to be appreciated on their own!
Satemwa Estate is fair trade certified. It is also certified by the Ethical Tea Partnership and the Rainforest Alliance.
Water Temperature: Just off the Boil (205 degrees)
Water Quality: Best with Spring Water
Amount of Leaf (per 6 fl oz water): 1 tsp. to 1 Tbl.(2.5 grams)
Steep Time: 2--4 minutes
Number of Infusions: 1
When measuring it is best to weigh your tea. (I use a small pocket scale. We have a few or you can get good inexpensive scales at Old Will Knotts) Measuring volume with a teaspoon or tablespoon is not accurate because whole leaf teas take up much more space than broken, graded teas.
We highly recommend brewing your tea in a teapot or mug with a removable infuser so that you can remove the leaves at the end of the steeping time. Whole leaf teas of this quality need room to unfurl and expand in the water in order to perform their "magic." However, leaving the tea leaves in the water will result in an over-infused, bitter tea. If you want a stronger cup of tea increase the amount of leaf rather than the steeping time. If you don't have a removable infuser, you can brew the loose leaves directly in the pot. At the end of the steeping time, pour all of the tea into a warm serving pitcher or pot.