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Discover Malawi White Tea and its health properties

Malawi White Tea? I have never even heard of white tea…

Since I was a kid I have always been a fanatic tea drinker. I mainly drank fruity teas, flavored green teas and herbal teas. Only when I was in my twenties I heard about White tea during one of my stays in Sri Lanka. I visited a tea estate in the lush mountains of Kandy. They showed us the processing of tea and highlighted the various types of flavors that come with it. At that time my favorite tea was a fresh mint tea with a dash of honey, but after I tasted White tea, I added this tea to my favorites as well. Only a decade later I discovered Malawi White tea. 

White tea, like Green tea, Oolong tea and Black tea, is from the plant Camellia Sinesis, a plant that is thriving in different locations; however the processing of tea differs. 

White tea is a very delicate tea due to its minimized processing time and the way it is harvested. White tea is withered and dried without much oxidation taking place. The tea leafs and buds are plucked when they are not completely open yet. That is why you may have seen white buds covered with white or silver hairs.  

Hence the name white tea, also referred to as silver tips or silver needle.  The silver hairs truly look stunning! 

African White tea 

Usually when discussing tea, people know that tea originates from Asia (mainly India, China, Taiwan and Sri Lanka). It is not common knowledge that tea is also grown on the African continent. Yes, also in Africa high quality and organic teas are produced! 

Our White tea from Malawi is referred to as a White Peony. White Peony is traditionally harvested in China and called Bai Mu Dan or Pai Mu Tan. This White tea is farmed on a smallholding at Satemwa Tea Estate in Malawi’s fertile Shire Highlands. 

Malawi White Peony is organically farmed without pesticides, among corridors of indigenous flora and fauna that enable wildlife to cross freely. That means that the whole leaves are dried and not rolled. Because of its delicacy White tea comes with a higher price compared to your other tea varieties. This month you can try out our Malawi White tea for only R95


On top of this eco friendly harvested tea, the Malawi White tea is produced by an estate that stands for fair pay, promotes women in leadership positions and include education for children, health care and housing for their tea community.  

How to make a cup of Malawi White tea?

White tea is has flowery notes and soft flavor profile and has a complex and intoxicating perfume when you smell the leaves. 

Brewing method:

  • Boil water and let it cool down to 70-80 degrees Celsius, 
  • Add the leaves (2 grams on average) 
  • Steep for 4-6 minutes
  • Take the leaves out and put it aside. Re-use the leaves for another steep.
    Re-use? Yes, you can re-use the leaves up to 5 to 7 times.
    And the beauty is that every steep has another flavor to it!

With our Malawi White tea you can expect a tea with a complex, intoxicating frangipani perfume aroma. You will taste a light yet buttery, sweet and delicate tea. 


The healthy aspects of Malawi White tea? 

Yes, it does! Besides the lovely fragrance and wonderful taste White tea also has many health properties.  White tea has a lot of antioxidants that has been shown to prevent diseases and lower cholesterol levels. Also, catechins may lower blood pressure and reduce heart risks.  Find further benefits listed below: 

  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Stronger heart
  • Assist in Losing weight – helps burning fat and boost metabolism
  • Great source of fluoride (good for your teeth)
  • Immune system boost
  • Keeps your liver and kidney healthy
  • Great for your hair and skin

What keeps you from having a cup of White tea a day? This wonderful White tea is better for you, our environment and the people who carefully harvest the tea.
Try our Malawi White tea now for only R95*. 


*Promotion valid July 2019.  


For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


By |2019-07-18T13:29:00+00:00July 18th, 2019|Fairly Traded, Health, Sustainability, Tea|0 Comments

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