LBC Tea Marketing is part of the LBC lifeline Resource established in 2013 and registered in England. LBC Marketing is dedicated to the importation, marketing and wholesale supply of tea from Kenya.
We have links to tea cooperative factories representing small-holder farmers in rural Kenya. Tea is mostly grown in small plots by growers who depend on the proceeds from the sale of the teas for their livelihood. As the price of primary commodities such as tea fluctuates in the world market the tea growers and their families face difficult times in meeting the costs of growing and producing the teas.
LBC Marketing believes in fair pricing and strives to find markets and buyers responsive to the plight of small-holder farmers. We are committed to improving the value to the grower. We welcome our partners to join us to uplift the standard of life of the growers of your much loved beverage. In return we promise to bring you tea that is fresh, rich and full of original attributes.
We are sellers of Kenya Tea in the UK and EU. We market a range of branded Kenya Teas by the top farmers' blending and packing company in Kenya (KETEPA). All branded teas are packed to highest standards under International ISO 9000 Standard.
Please contact us to obtain our price list and place an order for branded black teas (Tea bags & loose leaf tea), fruit and herbal teas and Green tea.
We also supply wholesale tea of various grades (BP1, PF1, PD, D1, F1, BMF, etc.) for blending and packing by tea sellers. Orders are shipped directly from Kenya to meet customer specifications. Please let us know if you require these as well.
We are importers of bulk Kenya tea for wholesale in the UK and the rest of the EU countries. Our services include;
1) We can supply tea of any quantities and ship to any locations in the world. We supply wholesale teas direct from the processing factories, packed to your specifications and to international standards.
2) We are direct suppliers to tea importers, blenders and packers
3) We strive to respond quickly to your orders
4) We give you our promise for a reliable service where you order will be handled expertly with respect and integrity.
5) We will provide you with a range of teas of different grades to meet your requirements and to the highest international quality.
Quality of Kenya Tea
Kenya teas are among the best n the world and are manufactured in modern facilities to the highest international standards. In addition, the Kenya tea has certain advantages which cannot be replicated elsewhere:
1. Kenya tea is FREE of pests and/or diseases. This means that Kenya tea is produced without use of any AGROCHEMICALS. The only item used in growing is the fertilizer which is used to replenish the soils. There is no doubt that such pure and healthy tea will be relished by the increasingly health conscious world population.
2. Kenya tea is grown along the equator. This means that the tea receives 12 hours of sunlight throughout the year. Kenya Tea is grown in areas of altitude between 1500-2700 metres above sea level, receiving 1200-1400mm of rainfall annually- which is spread throughout the year. This makes the supply of Kenya tea consistent throughout the year both in quantity and quality.
3. Kenya has about 50 varieties of tea, which are developed to suit the seven tea growing regions. Research continues to be undertaken in this area. With each new variety developed, chemical properties of the produce is enhanced. This implies that the health attributes that tea is associated with can be found in abundance in tea from Kenya.
Over 90% of tea from Kenya is hand-picked. Only the finest top two leaves and the bud are used for tea production. This explains the excellent cuppage and aroma. Over and above this, Kenya has over the years developed skills in tea production which can be attested to by the quality of the tea. Kenya tea factories/producing facilities are certified with the internationally acclaimed standards (ISO 22000; HACCP; Rain forest alliance, fair trade GMP)
Whole sale tea grade
There are different types of teas but the process of manufacture remains mostly the same.
The mode of tea processing in the factories is C.T.C. (Cut, Tear and Curl), which realizes four primary grades and three secondary grades namely:
Primary Tea grading
Primary Tea grading
1) Broken Pekoe 1 (BP1) forms about 12-14% of the total production. It has the largest size and it passes through mesh no. 10 and collected over standard mesh no. 14. The liquors are a bit light in body but with encouraging flavouring characteristics e.g. Briskness.
2) Pekoe Fanning 1 (PF1) is about 58-60% and forms the bulk of the production. It passes through mesh no. 14 and collected over standard mesh no. 24 and made up of black grainy particles slightly smaller in size than the BP1 grade.
3) Pekoe Dust (PD) passes through mesh no. 24 and collected over standard mesh no. 30. It forms 10-12% of the production, often black and finer than the PF1 often with thick liquors and aroma.
4) Dust 1 (D1) is made up of the smallest particles and form about 4- 6% of the total production. It passes through mesh no. 30 and collected over standard mesh no. 40
1) Fanning 1 (F1) has traces of black tea and large amount of smallish cut fibres often sifted out of the primary grades. F1 forms about 3-4% of the production and quite useful in tea bags due to its quick brewing, strong flavour and good colour.
2) Dust (D) is made up of tiny bits of broken leaf often used to brew strong tea quickly and popular for the tea bags
3) Broken Mixed Fanning (BMF) is made up of mainly fibrous lots with very little trace of black tea