Caitlyn from the Tea Centre, a Queensland-based tea specialist brand, discussed some of the native and Australian-grown teas in their range.
The Tea Centre was founded in 1993, and was the first tea specialist in Australia. They are very selective in the teas they sell and have with passionate staff who love tea, and Caitlyn says that having quality teas and a wide range of teas is the core of the brand.
The first native tea which the Tea Centre is carrying is the Lemon Myrtle tea. The tea is an organic herbal tea, with a zesty, uplifting and fragrant flavour.
Caption: The Lemon Myrtle plant (Backhousia citriodora)
The Lemon Myrtle can be drunk on its own or blended with other flavours. Caitlyn says it is popular with people and “as soon as they smell it they love it”. The lemon myrtle has the highest citral content of any plant in the world.
The tea has many health properties, which is one of its appeals. It strengthens the immune system, is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and has anti-bacterial properties.
The Lemon Myrtle tea is grown in Airlie beach which is in Far-North Queensland.
Caitlyn says that her customers “love that the tea is locally grown.” They are eager to hear that it comes from a Queensland farm and local suppliers. Caitlyn says that the company also loves that they are able to use local products.
They also source tea from the Daintree region. The growers are careful with the unique environment which they work around. The terrain and climate has as a huge impact on the flavour of the tea, and it has an earthiness and a very distinctive taste from the tropical region. The tea is medium-bodied and fragrant and rich. They are very conscious of protecting the heritage-listed local environmnent, and Caitlyn describes it as delicious with a beautiful flavour. The growers don’t use and pesticides or artificial products.
The Tea Centre also has suppliers in the Wangaratta in the Victorian Alps who grow a green sencha. It has a gentler and milder flavour than traditional sencha, which Caitlyn describes as “buttery.”
Caitlyn predicts that the market for locally grown teas will continue to grow because of the support from their customers and interest in locally produced flavours.