There is something wonderful about a tea that is so good it makes you slow down and ponder life as you enjoy it. I just experienced one of these moments while sipping Kenya Rundu Black tea at Leaf & Kettle, a tea shop in Del Mar that I discovered this week. Kenyan tea makes me especially reflective because its taste and smell reminds me of a part of the world I have grown to love over my three visits to the region.
The flavors in coffee and tea are drawn from the soil and connect us with the places from which they originate. This connection intensifies when it reminds you of people and places you will never forget. Drinking Kenyan tea reminds me not to forget the people of rural Kenya. These are people who live surrounded by tea plantations but far removed from enjoying the final product. Coffee and tea are cash crops in East Africa and locals mostly consume cheaper alternatives. This is the bitter irony of the developing world.
Buying coffee and tea from organizations that direct their profits toward making a difference in the regions where are our favorite drinks come from, is a way to contribute to positive change. We are going to be selling Kenyan tea in the coming weeks and 100% of the profits will be going toward the water project. We hope that the tea will help to connect you to the people of Rakwaro, in western Kenya, by supporting an effort to bring them clean water. Access to water on a continual basis will empower the community, increase their health and bring them one step closer to enjoying their own tea.