MEDIA RELEASE: For Immediate Release
17 December 2019
Wildfire named Best Tea House in SA
A small Port Elliot enterprise has been named South Australia’s Best Tea House for the second successive year.
Wildfire Organic Tea in Hill Street was named the best tea house in the Golden Leaf Awards, billed as being Australia’s premier tea awards.
Owner Jane Burke was thrilled when she received the email announcement while, appropriately, sitting in a tea house in India.
Jane says Wildfire Organic Tea is unique in that it is much more than just a Tea House selling cups of tea.
“This is a working tea house. We wholesale tea, we handcraft and blend teas on the premises,” she said.
“We are the only tea house in SA that does that. You can meet the maker and the person who has blended it.”
The awards are judged by representatives from the tea industry and give tea house owners the chance to also showcase their other services.
“As well as being a working tea house, we have a range of other products and services which complement the tea,” Jane explained.
“I run a medical herbalist practice on the premises and we use our teas, essential oils, powders and other products as part of our practice.
“We have bulk practitioner formulated blends for things like sleep and detoxing, but you can also have your tea blended especially for your health needs in our apothecary.
“I migrated into teas because I wanted to make the best quality medicinal and other teas on the market.
“All our teas are organic, so it’s good for the farmers, the pickers, the planet and the consumers.”
Wildfire Organic Tea is sold and served at 35 outlets throughout Australia and is sold online at wildfireorganictea.com.au.
As well as tea, Wildfire Organic Tea’s umbrella business Wildfire Botanicals has developed and sells a range of oils, botanical bath salts and clay facial masks.
The new apothecary gift packs contain products from across the Wildfire Botanicals range, including tea.
Jane says the secret to a good tea is don’t follow rules.
“The beauty of tea is you can blend it, steep it and drink it however you want to,” she said.
“For herbal teas it’s important to make sure you add the tea to boiling water, but how you brew it, 3-5 minutes or longer, depends on your tastes and the tea itself. Basically, it’s up to the consumer.”
Jane says the most popular herbal tea in the range is the Protect Me Immunity Tea because it’s refreshingly mint-flavoured with all the health benefits of the organic herbs to boost your immune system.
As a regular drinking tea, the South Coast Tea is popular as it’s organic and is bold enough to be used as a black breakfast tea.
And you won’t find a teabag in sight at Wildfire Organic Tea; every tea is blended and designed to be brewed in a pot, no matter what shape or size that might be. The tea house even sells teapots for those making the transition from teabags.