What is Purple Tea?

Photo by Stephanie Catlow

Our newest artisan group partnership at The Little Market is with JusTea, an organization and Fair Trade Federation member based out of Kenya. Today, we are introducing new black, herbal, and purple fair trade teas by artisans and farmworkers at JusTea!

Among its many accomplishments, JusTea creates and shares unique tea with the global market. We are so happy to be carrying the Kenyan purple tea that artisans and farmworkers work hard to grow and share. At The Little Market, you can find purple rain, purple jasmine, and purple mint tea. Keep reading to learn more about this distinct and and magical tea.

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History of Purple Tea

More than 25 years ago, the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya created a new purple leaf plant. In 2011, small-scale Kenyan farmworkers planted the seedlings.

Behind the Name

Purple tea’s name comes from the fact that the bushes grow purple leaves within the tea gardens. It’s a 100 percent natural, non-GMO plant. Purple teas can only come from these purple leaves and bushes.

Photo Courtesy of JusTea

To ensure the highest quality, farmworkers at JusTea carefully pluck the purple tea leaves, as you see pictured above. Only the freshest leaves are chosen when the leaf’s color is still purple.


Purple tea has many health benefits. For example, the leaves have the highest amount of antioxidants compared to any other tea leaf. The antioxidant that turns the leaves into a purple color can also be found in nutritious foods like acai berries and blueberries.

Furthermore, the purple leaves have anti-viral, anti-flammatory, and anti-cancer properties. They can help to reduce cholesterol, boost cognitive function, and ward off a cold and the flu.

Photo Courtesy of JusTea

Unique Recipe

The technique to harvest each tea can vary. To harvest purple tea, a withering process is essential to produce the sweet taste and to decrease the moisture content. In the photo above, you will see the purple leaves within a withering trough. Farmworkers than pan and steam the leaves, roll them, and dry them. In the last step, the purple leaves are carefully picked from the bushes. Based on the techniques used, purple tea has much less caffeine compared to teas such as green tea.

Photo Courtesy of JusTea

In addition to the unique technique and the numerous health benefits, this tea is extra special because it comes directly from the farmworkers at JusTea who are harvesting it. We are so excited to share this unique tea with you all at The Little Market! To shop the full collection from JusTea, visit our site!


JusTea – About Purple Tea

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