How Is Kenyan Tea Made? Answered

Kenyan tea is a type of black tea that is cultivated in Kenya. We’ll talk about how is Kenyan tea made, and share a Kenyan Tangawizi Chai, ginger tea with milk, recipe.

How Is Kenyan Tea Made
Kenyan tea is made from the tea plant camellia sinensis

I have to admit that I only start drinking Kenyan tea recently, but the distinct flavors of the brew inspired me to learn more about this tea from Africa. Now, let me share everything you need to know about Kenyan tea — what it is, how it is made, the most popular recipe, and its health benefits.

What Is Kenyan Tea?

Many people have no idea that Kenya is the third largest tea exporter in the world! China and Sri Lanka are the only countries that produce more tea than Kenya.

Kenyan tea may seem exotic, but it is made from the same tea plant – Camellia sinensis – that is cultivated in other countries such as China and India. The three major varieties that grow in Kenya are Camellia sinensis var. sinensis, Camellia sinensis var. assamica, and Camellia sinensis var. cambodiensis.

Black tea is the most commonly cultivated tea in Kenya. However, as the demand for other types of true teas increases, so do the yields of these Kenyan teas. Kericho Gold is my current favorite Kenyan black tea brand.

Kericho Gold Tea bags- Kenyan Black Tea String Bags
  • 100 String and Tag Tea Bag Per Box
  • High catechin level
  • Special blend of fine tea from some Kenya
  • Distinct bright color and aromatic flavor

The Unique Qualities Of Kenyan Tea

There are two main factors that distinguish the tea produced in Kenya from other teas. The first one is the soil — in Kenya, you can find red volcanic soil, which is extremely nutrient-dense. This type of soil helps the tea plants to grow quite so well and gives that unique flavor and taste.

The second factor that distinguishes Kenyan tea from other teas is the altitude — many teas from Kenya are cultivated in high elevations. This not only improves the flavor of the tea but also ensures that the tea contains higher levels of antioxidants as well. 

What Is Kenyan Tangawizi Chai?

Kenyan Tangawizi Chai is a ginger tea with milk from Kenya. There are a few different ways to make the drink.

With the weather varying from cold and rainy to scorching hot, the Kenyan Tangawizi Chai has become a staple in our house, as it can help treat allergies and sore throats.

How To Make Regular Kenyan Tea

Kenyan tea is made like any other type of black tea. You can use either whole leaf tea leaves or tea bags for your brew, but remember that the tea from tea bags may be slightly more bitter. 

Heat eight ounces of water (per serving) until it comes to a boil. Then, pour the hot water into your teacup, and add one teaspoon of whole leaf tea leaves or one tea bag. If you prefer a stronger flavor and aroma, add two teaspoons of whole leaf tea leaves or two tea bags. 

Let the tea steep for three to five minutes. Make sure to taste the flavor of your tea at regular intervals after three minutes  — this will tell you if it has reached the right strength and how long you should steep it the next time you brew a cup of tea. 

If you are drinking a higher-quality tea, you may not need to add anything else. If you are making tea using tea bags or prefer a stronger drink, you may need to add something to balance off the bitterness. In this case, add milk or any sweeteners such as sugar. 

How To Make Kenyan Tangawizi Chai (Ginger Tea With Milk)

a mug full of chai tea
Kenyan Tangawizi Chai, a ginger tea with milk is very flavorful

The Kenyan Tangawizi Chai (ginger tea with milk) is so full of flavor, and will have you asking for more!

Ingredients:

  • Black tea leaves, Assam tea, or black smoked Lapsang Souchong tea
  • Fresh ground ginger
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Sweetener (optional)

Method:

Step 1: Heat The Ingredients 

Add the water and ginger to a medium-sized teapot, and set it on the stovetop over medium heat.

Let the water come to a boil, then add the milk. Let this come to a boil as well. Keep an eye on the water-milk mixture and ensure it does not leak.

Step 2: Add The Tea

Reduce the heat to low, and add the black tea leaves. Let this come to a boil as well.

Step 3: Strain

Once the ginger tea has boiled, remove the teapot from the heat, set it aside, and strain the tea leaves into a thermos flask or another teapot.

Step 4: Serve

Pour into teacups and serve hot. Enjoy!

You may also be interested in reading our guide on how to make tea in a Moka pot.

Recipe Variation

When making Kenyan Tangawizi Chai, you can use your favorite plant-based milk alternatives, like almond, coconut, or soy milk, for a vegan option. I prefer a 1:1 milk to water ratio, but you can use more or less depending on how creamy your tea tastes. 

If you don’t have fresh ginger, ground ginger works. 

You may also be interested in reading our guide on the best non-dairy alternatives.

Storage

Some things do not work so well with refrigeration, and the Kenyan Tangawizi Chai is one of them. The best way to keep this tea fresh is to put it in a thermos flask and consume it within one day.

Kenyan Tangawizi Chai Health Benefits

a woman drinking tea while looking far away
Drinking Kenyan Tangawizi Chai reduces nausea and vomiting, pain relief, and many more

Drinking Kenyan Tangawizi Chai has many health benefits, including: 

Reduces nausea and vomiting

This tea contains gingerols and shogaols, which help reduce nausea and vomiting symptoms.

Pain relief

This tea has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help relieve pain. According to a recent study, ginger can also reduce menstrual pain. 

Weight loss

Research has shown that ginger can help with weight loss by controlling the appetite, suppressing the metabolic process that leads to fat accumulation, and lowering intestinal fat absorption.

Increases testosterone levels

A 2018 study showed that ginger supplementation enhances testosterone production and improves male fertility.

You may also be interested in reading our guide on ginger tea.

Author

  • Danico Dacillo became a fan of coffee when he was in college 'cause it helps him stay awake. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, but now working as a content writer. His passion for writing started when he was still in grade school -- as a sports news writer.