TEA Zomba Pearls


  • Malawi’s tea industry dates to 1907 when the government of the country, which was then called the Nyasaland Protectorate, began issuing land grants to would-be farmers and planters.  Amongst the new rubber and eucalyptus plantations, tea plantations sprung up on the rolling slopes of Thyolo Mountain, north of Blantyre, in the country’s southern district.  Planters found the mountain’s climate and high altitude to be highly suitable to growing a very sturdy bush without pesticides. Although the conditions to grow truly exceptional teas were there right from the beginning, for much of Malawi’s hundred-plus years of tea history, crops in the county were typically bulk shipped to be blended for supermarket grade teabags. 

    In recent years however, there has been something of a renaissance in Malawian tea with outstanding examples of self-drinking estate teas gaining accolades from around the tea world.  This renaissance is thanks in part to planters like the Cathcart Kays, a tea family that has run Satemwa Estate, the producer of Zomba Pearls since 1923. 

    Throughout the tea world, the efforts of the Cathcart Kays are legendary.  Over the last few years, their factory has been turning out innovative teas, blacks, greens and oolongs that have changed the way buyers look at Malawi’s output.  Satemwa’s handmade Zomba Pearls are a captivating example of the quality of the estate’s output.   Named after Malawi’s former capital, Zomba, the handmade tea offers lush floral notes tempered with grassy tones with a round sweetness and clean finish. 

    In addition to their magnificent flavor, one of the big positives of Malawi’s green teas is that unlike many of their Eastern counterparts, they will not become bitter.

  • 1.1oz/30g/24+Cup Equivalent (Including 2nd Steep)

    All teas come in a beautiful glass vessel with glass lid for storage. Capacity is based on weight as all teas differ in density.  Collect them all and order refills in recyclable bags!

    GREEN TEA BENEFITS: Relative to treatment for memory loss, metabolism and weight loss, cancer prevention, dental health and cardiovascular disease.

    • HOT: Place 6-8 pearls for each 7-9oz/200-260ml of water in the tea strainer. Pour freshly boiled water over tea and steep for 3 minutes. Milk and sugar are not recommended.
    • ICED: 1qt/ltr – Place 25-30 pearls into teapot. Pour 1¼ cup/315ml boiling water over tea and steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill serving pitcher with cold water. Pour into pitcher straining tea and top with cold water, garnish and sweeten to taste, if desired.

    Don’t forget your tea infuser!

    • GRADE: Handmade Pearls


      CUP CHARACTER: Smooth and luscious. Captivating flavor highlighted by light floral notes.  Tends sweet – unlike many greens, won’t get bitter.