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What’s the ‘tea’ differences? Tisanes & Tea

The talk about tea is now hotter than the cuppa you’ve brewed itself. As a fast-moving essential product, tea-drinkers around the globe have countless ways about their tea rituals. Many of whom find rooibos a foreign concept with a common question which we hope to answer: what exactly is the difference between black, green, and…

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Rooibos Flavour Profile

It’s the time of year where we undergo our favourite activity, which is rooibos harvesting. Now, a crucial synergy between temperature, the elements, and time play a role in the harvest’s yield. We look forward to see combination of hand-picked and machine-supported cutting, fermentation, and oxidization of rooibos. This to many, seems like repetitive chores…

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News from the Farm: January 2024

Our News From The Farm this month is one that excites us to the core – our rooibos harvest is finally upon us! According to our farm personnel, our harvest this year is beautiful, yet the yield is slightly less, because of dry conditions and no rain from after the spot rain and floods in…

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What is the hype around rooibos?

Rooibos (aspalathis linearis) is a bushy, herbal plant that grows indigenous to the Cederberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa. Its origin predates societies of tea drinkers by centuries, as its naturally replenishing qualities were discovered by the Khoi-San tribes before recorded historians first took note of its expansive litany of benefits in 1772.…

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Back To School Essentials: Rooibos & Kiddies

For kiddies and parents alike, our rooibos tea range targeted at your young ones is soon going to be a staple for your pantry. Not only for hot tea time, but chilled in a water bottle or over ice! The benefits found in rooibos as a nutritional form of hydration extends beyond just flavour and…

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New year, new gut!

The innovation that is our Gut rooibos is one that is akin to scientific breakthrough. With countless developments and studies conducting concluding that one’s gut microbiome’s state of health not only contributes to overall wellness or functionality; one’s gut health is now crucial for one’s mental health. With rooibos acting as a naturally caffeine-free and…

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Carmién Recap: 2023

When reflecting on the activities of 2023, we cannot help but revert to the trends that we noticed during the course of the year. Trends related to the food and beverage industry, within the economy, on social media, as well as within the tendency of growth within new developments. Noteworthy trends throughout this year are…

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6th AVPA Awards Nomination & Win for Carmién

The closer the year comes to ending, in true festive spirit it seems that we keep unleashing surprises – one of the most recent being our exceptional prodigy of accolade AVPA awards for three of our rooibos teas! The prestigious Agency for Valorization of Agricultural Products stated that three of our innovative rooibos blends received…

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Seasons greetings from Mientjie Mouton

Our festive greetings to all – especially those that love the red theme of Christmas and follow it through drinking the delights of rooibos! As the responsibilities of the year as well countless workers enter their much-anticipated vacations, we are faced with an undeniably exciting fact that all can share enthusiasm for – the end…

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Summer Christmas

By Carmen Niehaus It’s summer time in South Africa and the best way to celebrate Christmas is with a cold summer spread. Lay the table outside on the stoep in shades of natural green and blue on white and prepare nostalgic dishes which recall old memories but add an interesting twist to it. Enjoy a…

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A Skincare Routine You Can Drink

Rooibos Anti-Ageing As many rooibos (alternatively, redbush) drinkers know, this tea delivers countless health benefits through consumption that assist with overall wellness. Extra nourishment through naturally occurring minerals, proficient hydration with gentle caramel taste; best of all, the component that ages us all is not present in rooibos – caffeine. With these components combined, scientists…

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Rooibos processing and packaging

The first growth of rooibos starts sprouting between the worked farmlands after the final of our various cuts, are processed. An exceptionally busy time on our farm allows for another consistent year of high-quality, delicious rooibos. Our next expected harvest is anticipated to be an incredibly vibrant, red haul due to the weather conditions from…

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For the well-being of one’s Brain

The innovation that is our Brain tea not only utilizes flavorful ingredients that are functional, but has the research to moot. Our quality control team worked intently to ensure that our sourcing of a functional tea that assists not only the brain, but the overall wellness of individuals that suffer from chronic burn-out. Our team…

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Mike Teke: inspiring, innovating, and imparting the value of empathy into leadership.

On the 3rd of October 2023, an astonishing accolade was awarded to the formidable businessman and professor, Michael Teke. Countless titles and adjectives may describe the ingenuity of Mr. Teke, but we feel his award sums it up perfectly: ‘Exceptional Leadership in the South African Mining Industry Since Democracy’ One reaps the benefits of hard…

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Tea Trends on TikTok

“Let’s go for a coffee,” – potentially the most dreadful statement that tea-producing companies have heard used most frequently in this world. The typically business-casual statement for any meeting seems to precede the aforementioned phrase that challenges tea producers internationally. Luckily, it seems the tides are changing in the benefit for tea companies such as…

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Pantone Colour Trends for SS24: Rooibos Tea

In the early days of September, Pantone announced the New York Fashion Week’s most-anticipated SS24 colours. With a surprise that had South Africans giggling internationally at the familiar term, the number 1 colour to look out for has been said to be ‘Rooibos’. To remain true to the description, the ‘Rooibos Red’ Pantone has been…

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Cookies and Cold Brew

By Carmen Niehaus Playtime makes one thirsty and hungry. Take a sip of your favourite Carmién Kiddies Cold Brew and nibble on a chocolate cluster or oats cookie. Deliciousness to the T and full of goodness that will keep you energized for any of the activities that you have planned. Even better if you invite…

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Global Beverage Trends

According to Finlays, the notion most felt in recent Global Beverage Trends is that consumers “treat themselves, coupled with concern for their health, and that of the planet, is driving the trend toward conscious consumerism,” (Finlays, 2023). With this in mind, household product producers have been seeing a gradual increase in necessity shopping. For us…

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Let’s Celebrate

By Carmen Niehaus During October, we have plenty to celebrate. Summer is finally here; the rugby world cup is in full swing, and we are still spoilt with plenty of rugby to watch and to cheer for our favourite team. The best way to relax and join the World Cup festivities or to celebrate the…

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Carmién takes gold and silver at the Mediterranean Taste Awards

There is much to be said about finding a niche market and developing customized products to suit their needs but we are constantly left speechless by the one Rooibos tea blend that keeps on surprising us with its steady successful penetration of a very niche market, breastfeeding moms. More so, as the world is chasing after…

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News from the Farm – September 2023

The Western Cape is experiencing its most unusual September in history and continuing rain and flooding has impacted most farming communities. Repairs are hardly completed when we are hit by another drench of rain. Newly planted Rooibos seedlings thrive on regular nourishing rain and hot, sunny days – which has been rather scarce – so…

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Braai Day

CELEBRATING OUR HERITAGE Braaivleis, rugby, sonneskyn and a lekker Rover Defender. Way back this popular ad was a hit and so spot on, as it still is today, even more so now during the 2023 World Rugby Cup in France. Our blood is green and we support the Bokke all the way. This month we…

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New kiddies cold brew tea range

Kiddies alert! Our newly launched Carmién Kiddies Cold Brew tea range follows hot on the heels of our existing range of cold brew teas, a trend that has become a firm favourite among our Rooibos tea lovers in sunny South Africa. Cold Brew teas were specially developed to be used in cold water. Using cold…

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Sunshine Tart

By Carmen Niehaus Slowly but surely, we are heading towards the change of season. On the West Coast the flowers are blooming, their faces turned to the sun, ready to welcome spring and to convert the veld into a wonder world bursting with colour. An unforgettable scenery that everybody must experience once in a lifetime.…

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August News from The Farm

While flood repairs are coming the end, weather patterns in the Western Cape remain unsettled, almost as if winter and summer are in disagreement, constantly fighting for control which has made it a difficult planting season. Although there has been so much rain, it is actually a dry season. The heavy downpours drain away quickly…

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Premium Rooibos Teas by Lize Mouton Collection

LMC founder, Lize du Preez, nee` Mouton, is the inspiration behind this young growing brand, conceived in 2018. The beautifully packaged LMC Rooibos Tea Collection celebrates her South African roots, her love for tea, and a long family heritage of Rooibos farming.  LMC speaks directly to the consumer who prefers a touch of luxury, trendy…

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Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week

The annual World Breastfeeding Week once again emphasized the critical need for improved workplace-related breastfeeding support and actions that can be taken to help ensure breastfeeding works for all women who work, wherever they work. More than half a billion working women are not given essential maternity protections in national laws; Just 20% of countries…

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10 reasons to make rooibos your favourite cooking partner in the kitchen

By Carmen Niehaus It comes as no surprise that rooibos is seen as a superfood – by now it is well-known for its health benefits due to the abundance of antioxidants. But did you know that rooibos can also be your best companion in the kitchen, as they pair well with almost any type of…

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Rooibos MTB by Carmién

Bright red banners led the way as the Rooibos MTB by Carmién event kicked off its maiden race on a super cold morning up on the Piekenierskloof Mountain Pass. The brave, the fearless, the inquisitive, the dedicated workers and organisers, and spectators were there, huddled in tents or around open drum fires sipping the now…

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News from the Farm

NEWS FROM THE FARM The excessive June rains that have left the village of Citrusdal stranded without access for days, have caused several challenges in the management of our Rooibos schedules for this time of the year; not only in the planting of seedlings for the new season, as they would have been washed away…

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