If you have been following this blog for a while, you are probably aware of my tea addiction. For the record, I consume more tea than any other drink, water being the only exception. I am not the only one. Globally, tea is the second most consumed drink behind water.
During my expeditions, I do participate in numerous thrilling activities and learning excursions. However, there is always room for frequent tea breaks. It is during these breaks when stories are written.
In most households, breakfast is never served without tea. As it was the case during the era of the Tang dynasty, this beverage is widely consumed for recreational purposes too.
Although modern consumers don’t consider tea a medicine, its healing and immunization effect hasn’t diminished one bit. Credible studies have shown that tea boosts our immune systems, wards off inflammation and combats heart diseases, among others.
Rwandans started growing tea in 1952. For a long time, this iconic crop has been one of the top-ranked generators of foreign currency in the country. Over the years, annual production has increased from 60 to 30,000 metric tons.
Tea is a high altitude crop. No wonder the land of 1,000 hills is embellished with a good number of sprawling tea fields. Rwandan tea promotes the country abroad and transforms livelihoods back home.
While visiting Nyamasheke District, I was given a tour of Gisakura and Gatare tea estates owned by Rwanda Mountain Tea. This tour made me acquainted with the entire process of turning green leaves into the magic potion that kick-starts everyday of my life.
As usual, I will share the knowledge I acquired while visiting the two factories. My Nyamasheke chronicles will dominate this month’s content. Spoiler alert: Tea will have its fair share of coverage.
The author is visiting all 30 districts of Rwanda. His tour of Nyamasheke is sponsored by Nyamasheke District, The Click Creations, Tec Global Ltd, Elimo Real Estate and Exposure.