Pukka is a Bristol-based company that specialize in making unique blends of the highest quality organic herbal teas and supplements. It is one of those companies not just working towards more sustainable practices, Pukka is whole heartedly dedicated to help promote health, wealth, ecology and wellbeing on a global scale. By making tea. Some of the best tea money can buy for around 10p per mug.
Pukka teas are organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soya-free, mainly caffeine free (white and green tea blends contain caffeine), vegetarian, mainly vegan (some blends contain Manuka which makes these unsuitable for vegans) and Kosher certified.
Price: £1.50 – £2.49 per pack (20 sachets)
Included in the box: 20 individually paper wrapped tea sachets.
About Pukka Herbs
Pukka is a fairtrade, FairWild, ethical, ecologically minded certified carbon neutral company. Pukka Herbs have signed up to 1% for the planet, a global movement of companies donating at least 1% of their annual turnover to environmental organisations worldwide.
The Ergohacks Evaluation
Pukka manufactures a large selection of tea blends. Herb and spice blends, fruit infusions, white, green and black tea as well as unique blends that contain more unusual ingredients like licorice. Sebastian Pole, co-founder of Pukka and a Master Herbsmith, has built a wide ranging collection of tea blends for different tastes, circumstances and occasions.
Be aware that although many of the blends are titled by their primary ingredients, like “Lemon, ginger and Manuka honey”, tea blends often contain more ingredients. As an example, this blend contains ten ingredients: Ginger root (32%), licorice root, elderflower, fennel seed, lemon verbena leaf, turmeric root, lemon essential oil flavour* (6%), lemon myrtle leaf, lemon whole (4%), manuka honey flavour◊ (2%). *contains non organic lecithin, ◊ contains non organic antioxidant: ascorbic acid.
The teabags, envelopes and packaging have a standard design that is generally accessible and easy to open and brew – no fiddling with loose leaves. It is convenient and quick to make by adding freshly boiled water and steeping for 3-5 minutes, like any cup of tea.
The individually wrapped tea bags seal in the flavour and great when traveling or sticking one or two sachets in your bag for work.
Environment & People
All Pukka teas are organic, certified by the Soil Association, ethically sourced, vegetarian and Kosher certified. Pukka is dedicated to making the best product in a way that benefits people and the environment.
Pukka tea bag paper is “made of a special blend of natural abaca (a type of banana) and plant cellulose fibres” and unbleached, staple-free, 100% biodegradeable and/or recyclable. The tea bag strings are made from 100% organic, non-GMO, un-bleached cotton.
Tea bags are individually wrapped in sachets sealed with cotton thread (no glue). “Teabag sachets are not currently recyclable. The paper used to make the tea sachets (envelopes) has a Polyethylene (PE) lamination and for this reason they are currently unable to be recycled. We are looking into potential alternative materials that are recyclable or biodegradable.”
The average cup of Pukka tea costs around 10p, which is a bargain for a high quality product and cheaper than most organic tea brands.
Pukka organic teas are one of my favourite brands of tea made by a company that cares about people and the environment. Blended to perfection, sitting down with a cup of tea takes on a whole new dimension. Highly recommended.
Pukka teas + are available from Amazon, look for the subscribe & save or add-on item options for the best prices. Also available from a wide range of stockists worldwide and direct from the Pukka shop.
The review is based on sampling and regular consumption of a large selection of Pukka blends. This article was first published on 27 January 2016.