Carmién Tea supplies Organic Rooibos tea, which means "Red Bush" in Afrikaans, directly from the farm in South Africa, where we are based in the unique region which is the only place in the world where rooibos tea can be grown. This offers our customers full traceability from cup to crop.
Carmién Tea offers our full commitment to sustainable farming, job creation and improving the lives of farm workers who are also shareholders of our rooibos factory. With our feet on the ground, we are committed to producing and processing a product of high quality according to international food safety regulations with a special focus on flavour and taste.
We not only aim to offer clients more than a cup of tea, but a unique rooibos experience to support a healthy lifestyle!
In May 2021 Rooibos became the first African food to receive the status of geographical indication (GIs), Regulation (EU)No 1151/2012, granting it the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). 16 regions within the Western and Northern Cape of South Africa are the only regions where Rooibos can be grown and be called Rooibos Tea. Our Carmién Rooibos tea farms are spread across these areas and together with our long-term contracted producers, we are ensured to obtain Rooibos from all the different specified regions.
The Carmién tagline 'Growing Goodness' refers to the commitment to always deliver a product that are of the highest quality and exceed the expectations of our clients across the globe. The entire process from growing the product in the fields to developing the best taste and flavour are all controlled by strict processes and measures. In order to keep a consistent quality and best flavour we adhere to international certifications and get audited by all these certification bodies on a regular basis, including USDA Organic.
- Rooibos is naturally caffeine free (unlike black & green tea).
- Kilojoule and preservative free and supports weight-loss.
- Reduces high blood sugar levels, preventing diabetes type 2.
- Has proven cancer-fighting properties in animal research studies.
- Rooibos is a good source of antioxidants and is the only known source of a potent antioxidant aspalathin, which could play a role in combating several lifestyle diseases. These antioxidants bind with free radicals to lower oxidative stress, combatting cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart diseases.
- Alleviates allergies - asthma, hay fever, eczema.
- Low in tannin and doesn't interfere with iron absorption.
- Excellent for hyperactive children, babies from 6 months old can consume rooibos tea.
- A naturally relaxing drink at night to assist with a good night's sleep as it is soothing to the nervous system.
- Stomach and indigestion problems like nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach ulcers and constipation are relieved by drinking black rooibos tea
- Anti-spasmodic and alleviates colic and stomach cramps in babies.
- It has a soothing effect on the skin and relieves itching and certain skin irritations like eczema, nappy rash and acne when directly applied to the affected area.
Our Natural Rooibos has a delicate balance of sweetness on the nose, slight astringency and a full smooth mouthfeel. The sweet notes of rooibos increase over time and is often described as fruity and caramel in taste. Our Rooibos is prepared with boiling water and cooled down to 60 degrees Celsius for best flavour. It can also be cooled down completely and served as an iced tea. Rooibos is also a good flavour match for the umami Asian Food flavours. Our teas are excellent enjoyed with food and wine to unlock the palate and open-up the taste buds.
- Soak in a bath of Rooibos to relieve the symptoms of sunburn, insect bites, rashes, eczema and more. Scientific studies have validated the health properties of Rooibos on the skin, thus if you or your children are badly sunburnt, have blisters or are seeking relief from insect bites or rashes, turn to Rooibos for help.
- Excessive sweating can easily lead to dehydration, but rooibos tea can help you hydrate quickly as it contains polyphenol antioxidants, including flavonoids and phenolic acids that are potent free radical scavengers aiding accelerated rehydration.
- Add a delicious Rooibos sweetness to your baked goods or at-home cocktails with tea-infused simple syrups. To make, steep tea as usual in a cup of hot water using 2-3 tea bags, more for a stronger syrup. Remove the tea bag and melt in a cup of sugar. The syrup can then be stirred into iced coffee, tea, cocktails, or used in or on top of baked goods.
- Feeling artsy? Before buying yourself paint that you may not use again, consider using what you have at home: tea. Fill small bowls with boiling water and infuse various flavours of tea in the water for several minutes. Vary seeping times for darker and lighter colours and get to work on your canvas. Watercolour brushes work best with this technique, but you can get creative with sponges, potato stamps, or whatever tools the best suit your creative mood.
- Whether you have a compost bin at home or a community compost drop-off, do not forget to include your spent tea leaves. While some tea bags are compostable as is, others will need to be cut open and added to the organics pile to help create plant fertilizer.