What began as a souvenir for friends turned into a small family business. Founder of Namastéas’ Peruvian Mint Tea, Suraya Sam, tells Doyenne about her special Peruvian Mint Tea.
Attention all tea lovers! Suraya says that Namastéas is divine and organic.
From saying namaste to drinking namastéas, yogi and tea junkie, Suraya Sam, wanted to bring divine organics to the world of yoga.
Namastéas’ Peruvian Mint Tea is hand-harvested and grown exclusively in Suraya’s family tea garden, perched amidst the native highlands of The Sacred Valley.
When the Peruvian culture of tea-drinking gained popularity among the local yoga community, what started as a souvenir for friends became a small family business based in Singapore.
Doyenne: What’s the secret behind growing mint tea leaves in Peru?
Suraya: The Sacred Valley’s land is so fertile that we don’t have to add extra poo. It’s super organic and great!
The tea leaves are also grown with a lot of love. My mom nourishes them with care and talks to them. She also picks the tea leaves all by herself.
We have two harvests, one in winter and the other in summer. Nearly three big sacks are collected in each harvest.
The tender leaves are then carefully packed into sachets, so they remain intact and unbroken. Each sachet doesn’t need many leaves because they are packed with so much flavour!
“It is also grown with a lot of love. My mom nourishes it with care and talks to them. She also picks the tea leaves all by herself.”
D: How do the Peruvians drink tea?
S: All across South America, we buy herbal teas from street vendors and pushcarts during sundown. Everything comes in loose leaves. While Europeans drink hot wine, we drink tea!
For Peruvians, the most common is the coca tea. It is really good when mixed with chamomile and even mint, but I can’t bring it here because it’s the stuff that turns into cocaine. That said, enjoying my cup of tea among the Peruvian mountains is always amazing.
D: How should yogis best drink tea?
S: It is best to have after yoga as you feel refreshed immediately. Namastéas is a muscle relaxer too! You can have it iced cold or as a hot brew and it won’t go bitter.
Firstly, pour hot water into a cup. Then, put the tea leaves in so it steeps slowly and doesn’t brew too quickly.
For Peruvian Mint Tea, you can steep the leaves for as long as you want. It won’t turn stale. You can also refrigerate it and drink throughout the day. It is subtle with a unique taste that is naturally sweet and not too strong either.
D: Quick facts about Peruvian Mint Tea?
- It is homegrown and handpicked from The Sacred Valley, the native highlands of Peru.
- As an organic superfood, it’s free of caffeine and sugar!
- Have trouble sleeping? This doubles up as a sleep remedy too.
- It’s best to consume the drink after yoga, as it acts as an effective energy booster and muscle relaxant.
- For women, this soothes the womb and is great to consume before menstruation.
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Namastéas comes in three blends – Bedtime, Detox, and Original Peruvian Mint. Providing a good mix of tea and yoga, Namastéas will soon be found in all Strala studios across the globe.