Monthly Archives: July 2013

Black Loose Tea Leaves Not Just for Drinking

Rwanda Tea Plantations

Rwanda Tea Growers Region

Build Rwanda offers a wonderful selection of Rwandan Tea grown on the Pfunda estate in the volcanic region of Rwanda.

Where the tea is grown

Where the tea is grown


But is tea just for drinking? NO check out the recipe for Smoked Duck


Tea smoked duck NO WAY!

Here is a recipe we found at

Sugar-tea smoked duck breast

For the marinade

  • ½ tsp. coriander seeds
  • ¼ tsp. white peppercorns
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 225g/8oz golden caster sugar
  • 550g/1lb 3oz coarse sea salt
  • 25g/1oz fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. finely grated lemon zest

For the duck

  • 4 Barbary duck breast fillets (approximately 200g/7oz each)
  • 225g/8oz golden caster sugar
  • 50g/2oz cup loose Rwandan Black tea
  • 3 star anise, crushed
  • 1 tbsp. groundnut oil
  • a knob of butter


Preparation method

  1. To marinate the duck: finely grind the coriander seeds, peppercorns and cloves in an electric coffee/spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle, then stir together with the sugar, salt, parsley and zest in a large bowl.
  2. Score the duck skin in a crosshatch pattern with a sharp knife. Bury the duck breasts in the salt mixture and chill, covered, for 30 minutes. Rinse the duck breasts lightly and dry well with kitchen roll. 
  3. To smoke the duck: if you don’t own a proper smoker, line the inside of a large turkey roasting pan with foil and spread with loose tea and top with sugar, and star anise. Place a foil-covered rack (cooling racks work well) inside the roaster. Put the roasting pan on top of the stove, centred on one burner. Place the duck breasts on the rack. Heat the pan, uncovered, over a moderate heat until the sugar-tea mixture begins to smoulder, about 2-3 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, cover tightly, and smoke the duck for 10 minutes. Remove the roasting pan from the heat. 
  4. To cook the duck: preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Warm an oven proof frying pan with cooking oil over a medium heat. Fry the breasts, skin side down, for 8-10 minutes. Pour away any excess fat from the pan and add a knob of butter. Turn the breasts over and place in the oven to finish cooking for a further 5-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the breasts and desired doneness. 
  5. Remove from the oven, baste with butter in pan, transfer to a plate and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.


Black Tea Smoked Duck

Black Tea Smoked Duck


Build Rwanda was established in April 2012 as a social enterprise and now that it is 17 months old and self-sufficient is it time to expand?

We started with just Rwandan Arts and crafts and have developed over those 17 months into a business that supports cooperatives in a variety of countries from Peru to Bangladesh and we feel it is time to start supporting more UK based companies. We have already started this by stocking Bim’s Kitchen African inspired sauces, Filberts Fine Foods, Wee Fudge Company, Roasterb Coffee but to mention a few.

We are currently in talks with several other UK based producers and hope to have some new and exciting products to offer our customers.


Build Rwanda continues to support educational projects with profits from the business and we are proud to be part of Faith and Hope school and Fruits of Hope Academy. One of our major plans is to offer a volunteer experience for those who wish to travel to Rwanda to help make a difference.

Build Rwanda is in talks with a specialist in this field and hopes to secure them as our exclusive project coordinator to help promote and manage the project.

The project will be for those who want to experience Rwanda and take part in promoting Faith and Hope School’s educational development. This will include working closely with the teachers helping them to develop good teaching practice and enhance their English skills. Each volunteer will have the opportunity to work within classrooms with children of all ages and abilities.

As this is a new venture for us we would be interested in hearing your thoughts on what would make a good volunteer trip for you?

What would you want to get from it?

What do expect the organiser to do for you?

How long would you like to spend in the country?

What type of accommodation is acceptable for this type of trip?

Would you like to have a recreational trip as part of the visit?