What is Purple Tea?
Tea made from purple leaves.
It has a naturally vibrant hue, light notes, and clean taste similar to oolong and green tea. This special type of tea is a favorite among tea drinkers around the world. With numerous benefits and a great taste, read on to learn more about the origins and how it supports fair trade!
Origins of Purple Tea
Originating from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, purple tea produced in large quantities is relatively new. While originating in China in small quantities, The Tea Research Institute of Kenya further developed this cultivar and partnered with small-scale farmers to plant the seedlings in 2011. The leaves are planted at high altitudes which allow for greater UV exposure and increased antioxidants. The distinct color is entirely natural as it contains anthocyanin, an anti-oxidant which is also found in blueberries, cabbage, plums, and other purple fruits and vegetables.
Benefits of Purple Tea
While still a caffeinated tea it contains a significantly lower amount than black or green tea so you can enjoy it throughout the day without the caffeine crash. It also contains more antioxidants than other tea, the same powerful antioxidants found in other purple plants such as blueberries and acai. These have been found to promote immunity, lower cholesterol, and help as an anti-inflammatory.
What Does Purple Tea Taste Like?
It has a great taste with a light floral, woodsy flavor and a clean finish. It is similar to an oolong tea flavor or green tea, but without the grassy or vegetal notes of green tea.
Purple Jasmine Tea
Fresh, Fragrant, Delicate
Purple Chocolate Tea
Sweet, Full, Earthy
Purple Rain Tea
Tropical, Sweet, Fresh
Purple Mint Tea
Balanced, Delicate, Invigorating
Support Small-Scale Farmers
Through a direct-trade partnership, you receive the freshest tea possible that is organic, non-gmo, and fair trade. JusTea works directly with small-scale farmers and provides new opportunities for sustainable growth and community strengthening. Over 200 jobs have been created in rural Kenya and women make up 80% of the employees at the organic co-operative where the herbs are sourced. Initiatives such as a reading/writing program for children and youth are made possible through profits from tea.
How to Steep Purple Tea
It can be enjoyed hot or cold. For a hot drink prepare it by heating water until it is steaming, not boiling, and use one heaping teaspoon tea for one cup of water. Let it steep for about 2-4 minutes depending on which flavor you’re preparing.
Pro tip: This is color changing tea – if you add lemon it will transform into a purple/pink hue!
5 Star Reviews!
“Purple rain just tea is my favorite tea and I have a lot of different teas . The taste is amazing you can actually taste the freshness and flavor of the flowers. Cold or hot I like to sip it to taste the flavors . I highly recommend this product.”
“I hadn’t tried before purchasing this but my husband and I loved it. The container is so pretty with the little spoon and I know it would make a great gift in the future!”
(Purple chocolate tea tin) “Amazing chocolate flavor with none of the guilt. My ultimate comfort ritual at night before bedtime!”