Based in Sydney, Australia, we are an artisan loose leaf tea company dedicated to sourcing high-quality and authentic teas, tisanes, spices, fruit and herbs with a strong emphasis on ethical and sustainable production and social responsibility.
After spending time living in Japan we developed a passion for their tea and tea culture, and decided to return to Australia bearing this passion and attempt to endow Sydney, even Australia, with a more profound appreciation of tea.
Brakfontein Estate, South Africa
We take the responsibility of sourcing ethical teas seriously. Take for example our Rooibos and Honey Bush; sourced from Brakfontein Estate in Citrusdal, South Africa. The Mouton family which, in partnership with their workers, own the estate and its surrounding properties. They have an incredibly strong commitment to the community. On their estates they have built community centres, clinics, sports facilities, child-care centres and schools.
When compared to the national average, the education levels within the community have risen significantly over the last 30 years that they have operated the farms. Not only do the majority of workers maintain shareholder status, the average wage is dramatically higher than the national minimum.
Workers in the field. Kanoka Tea Estate, Assam, India
Another example of our emphasis on ethical origins is our Organic Single Estate Assam. This orthodox black tea is sourced from Kanoka Tea Garden which is a member of a fair trade, organic farming co-op in North-Eastern India. Not only has this co-op developed housing and schooling for the workers and their families, they pay 5% of the income generated from the tea sales directly to the workers in addition to their normal salaries.