AFRICAN TEA MASTERCLASS
PRESENTED BY JOYCE MAINA
Come and discover the teas of Africa. The course will take you through the different countries that produce tea in Africa and what types of tea each makes. As we journey through tea in Africa we will explore how it is drunk, and who the key players in the industry are.
We will discuss why conditions in Africa makes it an ideal place to grow tea, with details about each of the producing regions (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Burundi, etc.)
We will taste many teas of different manufacture types (Orthodox and CTC, black, green, white, oolong and dark teas) and different quality levels from the different countries. We’ll discuss how African teas are bought and sold at auction or by private contract and the challenges and opportunities impacting the tea industry in Africa will also be on our agenda.
“Karibu chai” (Swahili for “Welcome, have a cuppa!”)
ABOUT JOYCE MAINA
Joyce is a Global Tea Expert and Consultant with 30 years of experience in the entire value chain of tea – bush to cup.
Born and raised in the tea growing country of Kenya, she now lives in the UK and is the Founder and Director at Cambridge Tea Consultancy.
Joyce’s great passion for tea is in no doubt. Her tea journey began rather serendipitously when she joined Brooke Bond Kenya as a graduate trainee in Tea Marketing. This opened up a whole new world of tea for her beyond the fine Kenyan teas she had grown up drinking. It enabled her to taste teas from all over the world and travel to tea origin countries including China, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Tanzania, South Africa and India.
With each new discovery her love for tea continues to grow. She has worked with the 4 biggest tea global tea companies covering most international markets. Joyce is a Tea Judge, tea educator and all- round tea ambassador with particular interest in small holder growers in Africa.