Deputy High Commissioner with some of Malawi Tea Industry representatives and Mr Kelly White of Malawi Tourism Council (with a brochure)

The tea tasting evening was an initiative by the Malawi High Commission to the United Kingdom which is partnering several marketing institutions to rekindle Malawi exports to the UK and European Market.

Chief Executive Officer Aliur Rahman said the London Tea Exchange was happy to host Malawi Tea evening as their first event out of the tea’s from 43 nations as it has potential to contribute to the development of Malawi.

“We have tea from 43 countries. People talk of teas from China and other big nations. But Malawi tea is great in all sense. We are committed to bringing the story of this great tea to London which is one of the global capitals in the world,” said Rahman to the audience that included tea companies, traders, investors, movie stars and local politicians such as Councillor for the area and Speaker for the Tower Hamlets Assembly.

Others included tea producers and their representatives from Malawi including Satemwa, Lujeri, Global Tea among others.
Deputy High Commissioner Quent Kalichero pledged to connect all businesses interested in investing in Malawi, saying the country has huge potential as both a manufacturing centre for the African markets and also exports to the UK and the rest of the world.

“From value addition of agro-produce including tea to mining, tourism, infrastructure, ICT and manufacturing, Malawi provides a unique opportunity to investors from the UK and Europe to expand into the global markets,” said Kalichero.

Ian Gibbs from the Tea Research Foundation, said Malawi was the first ever African country to grow tea and over the years though South Africa was the largest market in terms of share of volume, the UK was the single largest market in terms of money returns.

“Every day, every cup of tea that a household has contains Malawi tea. It is blended with almost every other tea due to its red outlook, rich flavour and natural taste. Most people don’t know about this. It is time we tell the story of Malawi tea and expand its reach,” said Gibbs.

Satemwa Tea Company’s Europe representative Wouter Verelst presented a variety of teas for tasting during the event which included handrolled Zomba Pearls, white stem tea named Satemwa Antiers, Satemwa First Flush which is a September spring tea, Bvumbwe Hand Made which is black tea with peachy notes, Thyolo Moto which is smoked guava and Satemwa Dark Tea which is the only post fermented tea in Africa.