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Tea: Wild Harvest Rooibos, Direct Trade


50 g

Origins: Cederberg Mountains, South Africa

The real South African Red Bush. Beyond organic, this Rooibos is harvested completely wild in its indigenous habitat. A richly delicious infusion with deep earthy notes, bright red berries, and cedar.

This is real bush-tea - it's beyond organic and indigenous. To protect the delicate ecosystem of the Cederberg Mountains it's harvested on horseback with machetes, ensuring no damage is done to the fragile local environment. This is sustainable farming at its best.

This is no ordinary tea harvest. But then Rooibos (Afrikaans for 'red bush') is no ordinary tea. Strictly speaking a legume, the needle-like leaves produce a deeply delicious caffeine-free drink. It has been used as a medicine to cure innumerable ills and drunk for pleasure for many thousands of years by the people of this area.

Not just one infusion

Our rare teas are of such high quality that the same leaves can be infused several times. Each time you infuse the tea different subtleties of the delicate flavours will be released.

It is essential that the tea leaves are not left to stew once they have been infused; straining the tea completely between infusions will prevent the leaves from becoming bitter - it's akin to cooking a steak to perfection and then leaving it in the frying pan.

In China it is widely believed that the second or third infusion of fine tea is the best.

Cost per cup is $0.45, based on 2.5 g tea and two infusions. 

Rare Tea Company

Rare Tea Company's aim is simple: to source an supply the world's best tea, directly from farmers and their tea gardens. 

Unique Terroir: The Rare Tea Company travels the world in search of unique tea gardens and the skilled men and woman who craft the finest tea – where each harvest captures the most delicious flavours that their particular corner of the world can offer.

Direct Trade: The Rare Tea Company has been working directly with their farmers since 2004, building long-term relationships. RTC don’t buy from brokers, middle-men or commodity markets. RTC keeps the value of their tea with the people who make it.

Sustainability: The Rare Tea Company supports the 3 pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic and social. Their teas are grown without pesticides and herbicides.  No bags with bleaches, glues and micro-plastics that waste precious resources for single use.

The Rare Charity:
When Henrietta Lovell, the founder of Rare Tea Company, visited Satemwa, she saw the possibility of creating social change. She decided to re-invest a percentage of Rare Tea’s annual revenue directly back into the community. Henrietta asked the workers on the Estate where they would most like to see change, and they gave her a clear and unanimous answer: education for our children.   Rare Charity was founded to respond to this need.

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