Calima Black (Colombia)

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2 oz. (25 cups) or 8 oz. (100 cups)

Named after Colombia’s ancient Calima Culture of the high western Andes Mountains, Calima Black has a finely rolled, whole dry leaf. The brewed tea is quite dark—with a clear, deep amber. It is gently astringent and lightly fruity with sweet notes reminiscent of raisins.

Brewing instructions
Amount: 2 grams of loose tea per cup of water (a pinch)
Temperature: 212 ̊ (A full, rolling boil)
Steep time: 3 minutes

About Our Colombian Tea

Long known for its coffee, Colombia grappled with consistent armed conflict for more than 50 years—until 2016. Now, Colombia is experimenting with tea.

Our high-grown, hand-picked Colombian teas are cultivated at over 6,000 feet in the mist-capped Andes Mountains. The tea is grown in rich, deep, young volcanic soil that naturally promotes lush plant growth. Its nearness to the equator and consistent climate result in tasty, delicate tea-tips throughout the year. The farm from which we import, outside the town of Bitaco, is the only one of its kind in Colombia. It sits alongside a protected rain forest and the estate works with the Agricola Himalaya Foundation on social development of families in the community. Our Colombian teas are Certified Organic and UTZ Certified for sustainability.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews

I didn’t think I would like this tea but I do! I brewed 4 g in about 13 oz boiling water for 3-4 min. I got a beautiful amber color with chocolate and raisin flavors. Bittersweet chocolate flavor even. I drink this with nondairy creamer (silk soy) and it was smooth and delicious.

Jeannette Beer
Best black tea !

I got hooked on loose leaf tea on my first visit to Teavana. When the closed I hunted for months to find a company who carried high quality teas. Rakkasan Teas carries 2 of the BEST teas I have found-Calima & Mandalay black. The customer support is A+. And the company is changing the lives of tea growers in worn torn countries!


Wonderful tea from a professional tea company.