Ajiri Rooibos Red Bush Tea
- THE STORY
Also referred to as Red Tea or Red Bush Tea, Rooibos is a shrub-like plant indigenous to the Cape region of South Africa. Caffeine-free and naturally high in antioxidants, Rooibos has a smooth, deep earthy flavor with a distinctive sweet aroma, making for a delightful cup of tea - hot or cold!
Small-scale farmers near Kisii grow and handpick the tea on their one to two acre shambas. Handpicking the tea ensures that the highest quality of tea is always produced.
Ajiri means "to employ" in Swahili. Appropriate, then that the labels for Ajiri Tea are handmade from banana leaves by women in western Kenya. 100% of profits support orphan education in western Kenya.
Each handcrafted box contains 16 tea bags.
Scholarship. Mentorship. A sense of community for orphans. These are a few of the ways your Ajiri Tea and Coffee purchases are strengthening lives in western Kenya.
Ajiri means "to employ" in Swahili. Ajiri's founders recognized that creating a company with a "full cycle of sustainable aid" meant going beyond providing handout benefits or selling great-tasting tea. Having witnessed firsthand the detrimental cycle of aid, dependence, and low self-esteem, sisters Sara and Kate and their mother Ann wanted to start a company that would cultivate jobs, foster economic independence, and advance educational opportunities. Ajiri currently employs 60 women from 5 women's groups to hand-make their keepsake labels as well as the twines that go inside. 100% of Ajiri's net profits are returned to Kenya to pay school fees for orphans, as well as providing mentorship for them in primary and high school.
Ajiri Tea has taken first place North American Tea Championships and won the Buyer's Choice Award for Best Tea, its taste backing up its mission. Only the top leaves and the bud are picked, ensuring the highest quality cup that never turns bitter. Ajiri's black tea blends are sourced from a cooperative of farmers in western Kenya, grown on small-scale shambas, or farms, which average a quarter to two acres of land. Since 2013, Ajiri has proudly offered Kenyan AA Coffee, the highest grade available, yielding bright and fruity flavor and aroma with complimentary gentle notes of wine and black currant. Like its tea, Ajiri's coffee is grown on predominantly small-scale farms spanning from the slopes of snow-capped Mt. Kenya toward Nairobi (to the south).
The Savory Pantry is one of a few stores in the Saratoga area and the only store in Central Arkansas to proudly carry Ajiri Tea and Coffee, and we hope you'll join us in supporting this incredible mission, whose story is as rich as its taste. Read more in "Meet the Maker: Ajiri Tea and Coffee" on our Taste.Savor.Share Blog.