There are two things in life that I really love. Buying local and tea. So when I found out that there was a new player in the tea scene in Southern Adelaide I had to know more. before I knew it I was at Maxwell’s Grocery at Aldinga walking out with a box of golden goodness and it became a new favourite in the household.
What is this magical tea you say?
I’ll lose the drama because it speaks for itself really, it’s Wildfire Organic Tea
Mount Compass, South Australia is where the wonder woman of tea Jane Burke calls home. She is the owner, blender and all-things-tea’er of Wildfire Organic, as well as a qualified aromatherapist. The company is fresh, ethical and keeps sustainability in mind, using practices to minimalise waste and reducing their carbon footprint by housing their teas in 100% recycled packaging. There are several different flavours of tea, from a variety of herbal blends like lemongrass and ginger to a incredible red earth chai- one of my favourites, and Jane agrees . They are only relatively new to the tea scene but are already doing huge things, boasting a large network of shops who sell their delicious teas over SA and of recent times winning the Golden Leaf Award for the Herbal Award Rooibos Blend (peace time tea) at the Australian International Tea Expo.
I had the pleasure of trying a range of Wildfire Teas over the last few months when the weather was dreary and a hot beverage was needed, and let’s just say these babies knocked the winter blues right out of me. I’ve even made some of them into iced teas as well and I can say that they are just as delicious cold as they are hot.
here are a few of my new favourite blends:
Peace Time- a sweet sanctuary: Inspired by wanting to provide a healthy rooibos blend with natural sweetness, giving people a little sanctuary away from our busy lifestyles and the negativity that we sometimes deal with in this world. Flavours of raw cacao, cinnamon and vanilla fill your mouth with the subtle taste of rose petals. even better its pretty as a picture.
Wild Chai with Ginger- spice it up: A smooth ceylon black tea with strong flavours of cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, clove and ginger. Perfect for a night in when your feeling warm and cozy- the smell of this tea is so dreamy and does wonders for the senses.
The Ginger Ninja- balancing and soothing: This has been my go-to blend for sore stomachs and bloating, especially when I feel like I need to detox after a bit to much “over indulging”. Think lemongrass, ginger, hops flowers and lemon peel. It’s zesty, punchy and the ginger gives it that little bit of heat which I love.
Protect Me Immunity Tea- for all seasons: Feeling a little poorly or just like to keep bad bugs at bay? Then this is your tea. Bursting with echinacea, siberian ginseng, spearmint, ginger, lemongrass, elderflower and olive leaf. A rescue over winter.
Chillax- relaxing and calming: One of my favourites from the range, this tea is filled with chamomile, peppermint, lemon balm, rosemary, cornflower and heather flower. It smells a dream and is a easy drinking tea, perfect for some “me time” when your keen to wind down.
Red Earth Chai- an earthy delight: Strong in flavour like a good chai should be, it’s rooibos tea, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, clove and vanilla all in one. A real treat for the senses.
Sencha- If you love a good green tea then look no further. It’s strong in taste like a traditional green but is very refreshing and not bitter. No sugar needed here!
South Coast Black Tea- for lovers of ethically sourced black tea: This tea is very special. It’s sourced from Kerala in India as part of the the Small Farmers Tea Project- a group of small Organic Farmers with a goal of economic growth and safe farming practices. It is delicious with or without milk, so you will never see your self with a black tea bag after drinking this.
Up & at em- to give you back your morning zing: This tea was perfect when I was detoxing but had the need for something to perk me up. Unique flavours like lemon myrtle, eucalyptus, verba mate, elderflower, spearmint, orange peel, calendula and rosehip shells make this tea one of a kind and it is a real delight to have on a busy morning.
So whats next on the cards for Wildfire Organic Tea? At the moment they hold tea blending workshops that are held in a gorgeous store in Normanville, on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The workshops give you the chance to have more of a in depth knowledge about the tea, make your own blends and connect with other passionate tea lovers.
There is also a pop up tea shop on the cards, hidden in Jane’s home town of Mt Compass, and she has recently launched her website where you can now buy her teas online. Who know’s what else is planned for this quickly growing company, all I know is that it’s exciting and it’s so great to see a small business kicking massive goals.
Until then you will find her whimsical teas at the following outlets. grab a box and find out what the hypes about.
Goodies and Grains, Adelaide Central Markets
Maxwells Grocery’s, Aldinga
Jetty Food Store, Pt Elliot
Bliss Café, Kingston SE
Queen St Grocer, Croydon
21 Junk St, Yankalilla
Cart and Kettle Café, Strathalbyn
The Boatshed Café, Hallet Cove
Maudie & Fox, Normanville
Red Lime Café, Pt Adelaide
Magpie Springs Winery, Hope Forest
Kutuma, Largs Bay
Pure Luxe Beauty and Spa, Robe
Spin Knit Weave Tea Room, Clare
Victoria- Twelve Café, Shepparton
New South Wales- Ebb & Flow, Wagga Wagga
**thanks to Jane at Wildfire Organic Tea for supplying me with some delicious teas to try. Although supplied with tea, all views and opinions are always my own**