- Do Pukka Herbs do anything to offset their carbon production?
We offset our carbon through an organisation called AERF (Applied Environmental Research Foundation), which is a forest conservation project based in the western Ghats in India. We are also certified Carbon Neutral. For more information click here.
- Which countries do Pukka ship to from the website?
Here's the full list of countries we ship to. If yours isn't on the list, please contact your local Pukka distributor:
United Kingdom Please click on the link to find your nearest stockist
Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Why do Pukka not ship to Australia, USA, Canada, Norway, Netherlands or Denmark?
Unfortunately we are no longer able to ship orders direct to these destinations either due to strict international customs and paperwork requirements and regulations or because some countries have specific distributor agreements. Please click on this link to get in touch with your local distributor.
- Q&A's about the Adventure Competition
Q. When I try to enter it keeps saying my email is not valid
A. Our email broadcast system will block anything that seems to be an invalid email address. This is outside our control – our system is one of the most respected email systems in the world so we have to accept what they say. Please try a different email address and check your email client and filters set up on your device (such as only allowing emails in contact list to be received), these settings and filters are ones over which we have no control. The emails come from email@example.com so it shouldn't be an issue.
Q. Why are the votes not being shown?
A. Only those people registered with us can vote. To register you also need to validate the email address so we can make sure that you’re a real person voting and not a dummy address. It also means we can stop people from voting for an entry more than once. We know this is a little long-winded but it’s designed to make it fair. Remember you can vote for as many entries as you like once you are registered and validated – but only once for each entry.
Q. The thumb/like button isn’t working for me to cast my vote?
Q. Can you edit my entry – shorten, edit typos, etc.
A. We’re really sorry but once you have entered the competition then except in cases where we deem the entry to be offensive or illegal, that’s the one that will go up. We can’t independently alter individual entries.
Q. Can you remove my entry and remove it from Google?
A. We can remove the entry but it will probably take a while to disappear as it will be cached on Google's servers. We’ll obviously endeavour from our side to remove it as soon as we can.
- What stance does Pukka take on the GMO (genetically modified organism) debate and the current Non-GMO project in the US?
GMO products are banned from use in organic farming and the processing of organic products. As Pukka is 100% certified organic, Pukka never uses GMOs. Organic standards strictly regulate the use of pesticides, antibiotics and fertilisers whilst also monitoring animal welfare and the protection of wildlife. Therefore, GMOs and products produced from or by GMOs are incompatible with the principles of organic production as they usually involve a huge increase of environment-damaging herbicide use.
Pukka have a zero tolerance for the presence of GMOs in our organic herbal teas and remedies. As organic agriculture does not allow the use of GMOs, organic certification guarantees a non-GMO product. Pukka Herbs are certified organic by The Soil Association in the UK who exceed the standards required for organic food that are currently laid down in European law. It’s why we don't use tea-tents or pyramid bags that are either made from oil derived nylon or from GMO-Corn starch.
Pukka believe that the Non-GMO project in the US has helped to raise public awareness on the risks associated with GMO. As the US government do not enforce the labelling of GMOs, the Non-GMO Project is filling a much-needed gap in informing the US public of its potential risks, however as every one of our Pukka Herbs is certified organic which guarantees GMO-free we have not as yet joined the Non-GMO Project.
- Where do Pukka stand on animal testing?
Pukka stands for life. And love – love of this glorious planet, and every living creature on it. So we will always oppose animal testing, and keep our business 100% cruelty-free.
No finished Pukka creation, or raw ingredient of any of our products, has ever been tested on animals – at any phase of development – nor will there ever be a reason for us to do so.
We’ve never commissioned any of our suppliers to use animal testing, and we’ve never used the services of any other research establishment to conduct animal testing on our behalf, either for a product or any product ingredients.
We’re passionately strict when it comes to whom we buy ingredients from – and will never trade with any supplier or intermediary who has conducted, commissioned or been party to animal testing.
Each year, we ask for written assurances from our suppliers to ensure that the ingredients they sell to us, comply with the Humane Cosmetics Standards (HCS). This standard is set by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) and is regarded as the highest standard for animal welfare in the cosmetics industry.
If we found that any of the ingredients wasn’t fully compliant with the HCS, we’d seek an alternative supplier – and, if necessary, remove the products containing the ingredients from our product range.
- What is 1% for the planet?
1% for the Planet is a global movement of companies donating at least 1% of their annual turnover to environmental organisations worldwide. Although growing in the US, the idea of connecting businesses, consumers, and non-profits together for positive change in this way is new in the UK. Pukka Herbs is one of a handful of pioneering companies who have signed up to 1% for the Planet, pledging to create positive environmental change regardless of how much profits it makes. Here's is thier website if you want to take a look:
Organic, Fairtrade and FairWild
- Why is Pukka Organic?
Pukka’s family of Teas and Organic Wellbeing are all firmly rooted in the principles of organic farming. This means much more to us than just the absence of agrochemicals; it is a method of growing crops in a way that connects people with the plants and the soil. It is a way of living lightly on the planet, ensuring that we give back as much as we take, of creating cycles of beneficial intent at each stage of a product’s journey from field to shelf.
For a farm to be truly organic we believe that herb cultivation should be just one element in a larger system, involving production of a diverse range of crops that meet the wider needs of the farmer. Some of our favourite farms demonstrate this perfectly by combining cultivation of organic herbs with subsistence food crops, livestock, large-scale compost and other organic inputs, as well as areas of sustainably managed forest for collecting wild fruits, bark and resin.
The Soil Association logo on the back of all of our products testifies that all of our ingredients are certified to EU organic standards. This certification process ensures that all our products are traceable back to their origin, thus connecting us – and you – with the farmers and the farms in which the plants are grown. Just as an organic system requires the farmer to return organic matter to the soil, so too can our relationship with the farmer enable us to give something back to him/her by providing a premium price so that the cycle of beneficial intent can continue.
There are four key organic principles of organic farming that The Soil Association adhere to;
1) The Principle of Health: The role of organic agriculture, whether in farming, processing, distribution, or consumption, is to sustain and enhance the health of ecosystems and organisms from the smallest in the soil to human beings. Organic farming should avoid the use of fertilisers, pesticides, animal drugs and food additives that may have adverse health effects.
2) The Principle of Ecology: Organic agriculture should attain ecological balance through the design of farming systems, establishment of habitats and maintenance of genetic and agricultural diversity. Those who produce, process, trade, or consume organic products should protect and benefit the common environment including landscapes, climate, habitats, biodiversity, air and water.
3) The Principle of Fairness: Natural and environmental resources that are used for production and consumption should be managed in a way that is socially and ecologically just and should be held in trust for future generations.Fairness requires systems of production, distribution and trade that are open and equitable and account for real environmental and social costs.
4) The Principle of Care: Practitioners of organic agriculture can enhance efficiency and increase productivity, but this should not be at the risk of jeopardizing health and wellbeing. Organic Agriculture should be managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and wellbeing of current and future generations and the environment.
For more on the wonder of organic please read this article.
- What is Fairtrade?
Many of us are familiar with the FAIRTRADE Mark and are aware that it is supposed to guarantee that a product has been produced and traded in an ethical manner. But what exactly is involved in this process? How does it benefit the producers? And why should we be paying a premium for Fairtrade products?
The Fairtrade certification process is based on a set of internationally agreed standards that are designed to support the social and economic development of small-scale farmers and plantation workers. To obtain Fairtrade certification, buyers and producers are required to work in partnership to meet product-specific standards, ensuring that farmers and farm-workers are paid fairly for their work.
Fairtrade payments can be broken down into two main categories; the first is the ‘Fairtrade price’, a guaranteed minimum price for a product that protects farmers from volatile fluctuations in the market. The second is the ‘Fairtrade premium’, an additional sum of money that is paid to a communal fund that is used by farmer’s associations to improve their social, economic and environmental conditions.
To use the FAIRTRADE Mark on a product, the producers and traders of the ingredients must be inspected by FLO-CERT, a third party certification body, who ensure that all the standards have been adhered to. Generally speaking, at least 20% of the ingredients of a product must be Fairtrade certified in order for the product to display the FAIRTRADE Mark.
Fairtrade standards are designed to support the sustainable development of small producer organisations and agricultural workers in the poorest countries in the world. 10 of Pukka’s 30 teas carry a ‘Fair’ certification (Fairtrade or FairWild; see below). Here are the key Fairtrade Standards from Fairtrade International:
1) Social development: For small-scale producers Fairtrade standards require an organisational structure that allows the producers to actually bring a product to the market. All members of the organisation need to have access to democratic decision-making processes and as far as possible participate in the activities of the organisation. The organisation needs to be set up in a transparent way for its members and must not discriminate any particular member or social group.
2) Economic development: For all products Fairtrade standards require the buyers to pay a Fairtrade Minimum Price and/or a Fairtrade Premium to the producers. The Fairtrade Minimum Price aims to help producers cover the costs of sustainable production. The Fairtrade Premium is money for the producers or for the workers on a plantation to invest in improving the quality of their lives.
3) Environmental development: Fairtrade standards include requirements for environmentally sound agricultural practices. The focus areas are: minimised and safe use of agrochemicals, proper and safe management of waste, maintenance of soil fertility and water resources and no use of genetically modified organisms.
4) Forced labour and child labour: Forced labour and child labour are prohibited in the Fairtrade standards. We source Fairtrade Cinnamon, Ginger, Spearmint, Vanilla, Rooibos, Green tea, Black tea from Vietnam, India, Egypt, South Africa and Uganda.
- What is FairWild?
The FairWild Foundation are an international organisation that aim to provide a worldwide framework for implementing a sustainable, fair and value-added management and trading system for wild-collected natural ingredients and products. FairWild is a certification programme that combines principles of fairtrade and sustainable wild collection. The purpose, as described in the FairWild guidelines, is:
“To ensure the continued use and long-term survival of wild plant species and populations in their habitats, while respecting the traditions and cultures, and supporting the livelihoods of all stakeholders, in particular collectors and workers.”
To obtain FairWild certification, collectors, who may traditionally have uprooted an entire plant, will now be required to leave some of the root in the ground so that it can grow again the following year. Collectors who would normally have harvested 100% of the herbs in a given area, may also be required to leave 30-40% of the population untouched so that the seed can mature and naturally regenerate. Collecting from unspecified areas will also be ruled-out under the FairWild agreement. All plants will be harvested from pre-determined collection sites in which detailed studies (resource inventories, yield estimates and regeneration studies) have been carried out.
To reflect the extra time and effort required to harvest the plants in a sustainable manner the individual collectors are paid a premium price (5-10% above the normal cost) (in addition to the FairWild premium that is given to the cooperative; about 10% on the purchase price) providing them with a strong incentive to preserve plant populations. In this way FairWild certification can transform a potentially destructive activity into a powerful tool for conservation. This is a really exciting initiative for us at Pukka, as it gives us and our customers an opportunity to strengthen our support for herb collectors and the environments in which they live, simply by continuing to produce, blend, eat and drink wonderful herbs!. We source FairWild Licorice, Elderflowers, Limeflowers and Nettles from Khazakstan, Spain, Bulgaria and Croatia.
- Have any of the Pukka blends been renamed?
Pleasure is now Licorice & Cinnamon
Clarity is now Lemongrass & Ginger
Good Morning is now Elegant English Breakfast
Perfect Day is now Lively English Breakfast
Gorgeous Grey is now Gorgeous Earl Grey
Morning Time is now Rooibos and Honeybush
Green Chai is now Star Anise and Cinnamon
- What are your teabags made from?
Our tea bag paper is made of a special blend of natural abaca (a type of banana) and plant cellulose fibres. Our supply of tea bag paper is also 100% unbleached. They are staple-free and 100% biodegradeable and/or recyclable.
The tea bag strings are made from 100% organic, non-GMO, un-bleached cotton.
- Why are Pukka teabags wrapped in individual sachets?
We wrap our organic herbal blends in a sachet because we want to lock in the freshness and protect the high essential oil content which gives our teas such a special taste. Individually wrapped sachets protect the tea bags from light and moisture which degrade the herbs, causing the tea to lose its depth of flavour and herbal health benefits. The sachet also prevents any cross-contamination of flavour or smell with other nearby foods.
- Is there any epichlorohydrin in your tea bags?
We can reassure you that our tea bag paper does not contain any epichlorohydrin, but it is used in the manufacturing process. The absence of epichlorohydrin is regularly checked by our tea bag suppliers and complies with all relevant EU and US food regulations.
- Are your tea bags sealed using any forms of glue or heat?
Our teabags are not heat sealed; therefore they do not require a polymer of any kind to keep them closed. The machine folds the bag and sews it shut with a single piece of cotton thread. Some other manufactures use teabags which have a polypropylene (PP) lining which when heated bonds together to seal the tea inside.
- Are your teabag sachets recyclable?
Our 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.
- Why do you not fill your tea boxes to the maximum capacity?
We have to use one sized carton for production and it needs to accommodate the blends of numerous different types of teas, some of which have a very high content of bulky blend. We are always actively searching for ways to improve the environmental impact of our packaging.
- Is my tea bag paper bleached?
At the heart of Pukka is our aim to connect people with the incredible power of plants whilst protecting our planet. All our organic herbs and creative processes are measured against this mantra. Whilst this is our passion, it is not without its challenges particularly in finding the right tea bag paper that meets our stringent sustainability and quality standards.
We are delighted that we have a supply of tea bag paper that is 100% unbleached. Our tea bag paper is made of a special blend of natural abaca (a type of banana) and plant cellulose fibres.
Unbleached tea bags are quite different from bleached bags because the paper does not go through a chemical bleaching process. The next big difference is the way the tea bag looks. Bleached paper is much whiter than the darker natural coloured unbleached paper. So it looks good, tastes good and does good. That’s our aim in everything we do.
- How many Pukka teas are safe to drink on a daily basis?
Pukka teas are both delicious and safe to drink throughout the day. To increase your experience of the wonder of plants we would recommend drinking a variety throughout the day. But, it is always worth checking the pack for any relevant recommendations. For example, at present, there are recommendations on the Three Licorice, Three Cinnamon, Peppermint & Licorice and Licorice & Cinnamon.
- Are Pukka teas safe to drink during pregnancy?
All Pukka teas are considered safe to drink during pregnancy.
- Is it safe for children to drink Pukka herbal teas?
We do not recommend our teas to any child under 1 year old without the advice of a practitioner. This is just a precaution as the herbs can be safely used by anyone, but as children’s immune systems are still immature, we recommend that you take the advice of a practitioner after a face-to-face meeting.
- Are Pukka teas gluten free?
All Pukka teas are free from gluten containing ingredients. However, we want to point out that Night Time and Relax contain oat straw flowering tops. Although the analytical tests undertaken on these teas show that gluten is absent, consumers who are extremely sensitive may want to check the suitability of oat straw further for related gluten allergies like avenin.
- Are Pukka teas Kosher certified?
All Pukka teas are Kosher certified by the Orthodox Union.
- Are all Pukka teas caffeine free?
All our teas are naturally caffeine free except for the following that contain green or black tea or cocoa;
• All Green Teas: Clean Green, Serene Jasmine Green, Supreme Matcha Green, Cool Mint Green
• All Black Teas: Elegant English Breakfast, Lively English, Breakfast, Gorgeous Earl Grey
• Revitalise (contains 8% green tea)
• Original Chai (contains 20% black tea)
• Star Anise and Cinnamon (contains 8% green tea)
• Licorice and Cinnamon (contains Cocoa)
- Do Pukka Herbs measure the levels of fluoride in their green tea?
We do not test for fluoride in any of our blends of tea. Fluoride content increases with old leaves and machine-harvested tea. Our leaves are younger and hand-picked. It is said that the higher the quality of the tea, the lower the fluoride content. Fluoride content can also be influenced by the quality of the soil; all of Pukka’s teas are grown under organic standards.
The tea bag paper suppliers do not use fluoride in the manufacturing process.
- What is lecithin?
The lecithin used by Pukka is extracted from non-GMO sunflowers. It is a complex blend of naturally occurring fats found in plant material. Lecithin enables us to blend oil and water together, so that we can add essential oils to our teas and enhance their flavour.
- Why is there non-organic lecithin in some teas?
In some of our teas we use organic essential oils, these are an important component in creating the unique taste of our teas. To make these into granules for the tea bags, non-organic lecithin is added which is used to emulsify the granule together. The non-organic lecithin is the only solution currently available on the market for this purpose and is derived from GM free sunflower seeds, due to this situation, it is a permitted ingredient by the Soil Association who regulates organic status in the UK. However we are working on a new to market organic solution for the near future. So watch this space.
Here are our teas which contain lecithin:
- What is the ‘flavouring’ in our tea and why do we have to label it?
According to Soil Association standards, and their policy of ‘honest labelling’ if the ingredient is made and used as a flavouring it must be labelled as a flavouring on the ingredient list. Other organic certification bodies or other food regulators do not have this open policy so you won’t see other companies listing what is in their flavourings.
- Is there sugar in our teas?
Our guiding philosophy is to connect people with the power of plants to help them live healthier and happier lives. We do this by creating unique herbal tea blends using the finest grade organic herbs with the intention of making delicious tasting teas that also help you feel good. We take this privileged position of helping people make healthy choices for themselves and the planet very seriously indeed. Although it’s our passion, it is not without its challenges.
Sweetness is just one of the six essential tastes that our Herbsmith Sebastian considers when creating our blends, carefully balancing the therapeutic effect of our teas with the best taste experience. We often add fennel or liquorice to our teas to sweeten them. Liquorice, for example, is a magical plant that not only has 50 times the natural sweetness of refined sugar but it is also an incredible herb. It is calming and nourishing, and its silky nature helps soothe your whole system- it also acts as a good harmoniser of the other herbs in the blend, bringing out their best qualities so you get the most balanced cup of tea.
Although we never add pure sugar as an ingredient to our teas, the essential oils we use in twelve of our teas contain small amounts of organic sugar added as part of the process of drying the essential oil into a granule. It's the only way we have found to get pure organic essential oils from fruits into our blends so far but we are working on it
Pukka’s Elderberry & Echinacea tea for example, which has one of the highest fruit contents of all our fruit teas, showed in analytical tests that a 200ml cup has only 4kcal of energy, which is in part derived from the intrinsic sugar naturally present in the fruits, herbs and the essential oils. For comparison, a teaspoon of sugar (4.2g) contains 16kcal of energy. So other Pukka teas containing fruit will have either a similar or lesser caloric content.
- What is the calorie content of your teas?
The calorie content of the teas is very low so we do not list the calorific/nutritional values of our teas on the packaging.
- Why do Pukka add Licorice to the tea blends?
Our guiding philosophy is to connect people with the power of plants to help them live healthier and happier lives. We do this by creating unique herbal tea blends using the finest grade organic herbs with the intention of making delicious tasting teas that also help you feel good. We take this privileged position of helping people make healthy choices for themselves and the planet very seriously indeed.
Sweetness is just one of the six essential tastes that our Herbsmith Sebastian considers when creating our blends, carefully balancing the therapeutic effect of our teas with the best taste experience. We often add Fennel or Licorice to our teas to sweeten them. Licorice, for example, is a magical plant that not only has 50 times the natural sweetness of refined sugar but it is also an incredible herb. It is calming and nourishing, and its silky nature helps soothe your whole system. It also acts as a good harmoniser of the other herbs in the blend, bringing out their best qualities so you get the most balanced cup of tea.
However, should Licorice not be to your tastes, we do have a number of blends that do not contain this particular herb. They are as follows;
- Can I drink Pukka teas that contain licorice in if I have high blood pressure?
We love licorice at Pukka. Sweetness is just one of the six essential tastes that our Herbsmith Sebastian Pole considers when creating our blends, carefully balancing the therapeutic effect of our teas with the best taste experience. It is calming and nourishing, and its silky nature helps soothe your whole system. It also acts as a good harmoniser of the other herbs in the blend, bringing out their best qualities so you get the most balanced cup of tea.
Some studies into the effects of licorice on our bodies have suggested that it has the potential to increase blood pressure and decrease blood potassium levels. These studies have used either isolated extracts of a constituent known as Glycyrrhizic Acid (GA)or licorice candy sweets. Isolated GAis highly concentrated and absorbed more rapidly by the body in comparison to ingesting the raw plant material. Similarly, in licorice candy sweets, it is the high levels of sugar and salt that may be responsible for significant changes in blood pressure or potassium levels; subjects were also ingesting up to 1kg of these licorice candies on a daily basis.
When these details are taken into consideration, there is no evidence of any negative side effects resulting from the intake of licorice based teas. In fact, a number of additional naturally occurring constituents found in licorice root have actually been shown to modify the enzymes that initiate changes in blood chemistry and pressure depending upon the condition and need of the human body.
There is a broad consensus that a safe daily dosage of GA is 120mg per day when taken over a prolonged period. The majority of Pukka teas contain less than 10mg of GAper cup, meaning that they can be drunk freely throughout the day. Those teas with a higher level of licorice are ‘Three Licorice’ which contains 40mg of GA,‘Peppermint and Licorice’ (18mg) and ‘Licorice and Cinnamon’ (11mg).
- Is the amount of Licorice in Pukka teas safe to drink during pregnancy?
Please see the previous FAQ for background detail on current clinical research into the safety of Glycyrrhizic acid (GA) the primary constituent found in licorice.
There is a broad consensus that a safe daily dosage of GA is 120mg per day when taken over a prolonged period. During pregnancy, the figure is 50mg of GA. However, this includes an applied safety factor of 10x the originally calculated figure of 500mg of GA. Therefore, to err on the side of caution, we believe that it is safe to consume two cups of Pukka ‘Three Licorice’ tea per day with each cup containing 40mg of GA. As the majority of Pukka teas contain less than 10mg of GAper cup, these can be drunk freely throughout the day.
- Why we love Cinnamon and is cinnamon safe?
Cinnamon has been used safely for many years as a flavouring in foods and for its broad range of health benefits however there appears to be some confusion around some interpretation of what ‘true cinnamon’ is. It is one of two common names for only one form of cinnamon bark from the species Cinnamomum verum Syn. zeylanicum. This cinnamon is also called Ceylon cinnamon and it is not contained in our teas, being somewhat less flavoursome and lacking in many of the beneficial nutrients when made into a tea.
Our unique Three Cinnamon blend is made with Vietnamese (Cinnamomum aromaticum), Indonesian (C. burmanni) and Indian (C. bejolghota) cinnamon respectively. All non-verum cinnamon’s are also known rather generically as cassia cinnamon and are the most commonly consumed cinnamons in both Europe and the United States, as well as through most of India, China and elsewhere in Asia. As you may know, the coumarin content of this form of cinnamon tends to be higher when compared with the verum form (but all cinnamon species contain coumarin). Owing to its high coumarin content, its beneficial properties and its unique flavouring characteristics, we include these three types of cinnamon in our Three Cinnamon tea. It is safe for everyone to drink. Our risk-assessment based on EFSA safety factors show that you would need to drink over 42 cups of our Three Cinnamon tea a day for a few weeks for there to be any problem. Of course, no one is going to do that. In all of our planning we assume that we will just drink three cups of any one type of tea a day.
The concerns have stemmed mainly from evidence that liver or kidney toxicity can occur after exposure to high doses of coumarin over prolonged periods. However, this has been shown to be linked to a common detoxification pathway that is not present in humans, namely the 3-hydroxycoumarin pathway, which yields potentially toxic metabolites of coumarin. Humans are generally much less likely to suffer such toxicity because most individuals rely on the much more efficient 7-hydroxycoumarin pathway.
However, there are justifiable concerns with very high intakes of cassia cinnamon when ingested as a ground powder in large quantities by a small subpopulation of individuals who have a genetic defect that prevents the effective biotransformation of coumarins by the liver. This has been the focus of a lot of recent research and risk assessment.
We not only test the total coumarin content of all our cinnamon containing teas at third-party EU laboratories and in our own quality control facility based at our headquarters in Bristol, we also ensure that the total amount available when consumed as a tea would not induce any liver issues — the main potential risk — even in the most susceptible individuals.
Our tea with the most amount of cinnamon is Three Cinnamon. Each cup of Pukka Three Cinnamon tea, based on a single bag infused in boiling hot water (250 mL) for 5 minutes, contains about 12 mg coumarins. Based on clinical evidence most people are able to consume 500 mg coumarins or more daily with no adverse effects or liver toxicity. 500 mg coumarins is the amount that would typically be delivered in about 42 cups of Pukka Three Cinnamon tea. Our other teas with cinnamon have the following lower levels of coumarin; Original, Green and Vanilla Chais have 3.2 mg, Revitalise has 2.1mg and Licorice and Cinnamon has 1.2 mg. Our Fibre Plus has 1.5 mg per daily serving and are all well within safe limits.
Bearing in mind variations in susceptibility between individuals, and the incomplete state of knowledge of coumarins, Pukka Herbs offers the following recommendations to ensure the safety of its teas containing Cinnamon, notably Three Cinnamon tea.
- Do not exceed four cups of Pukka Three Cinnamon tea daily within any 2 week period.
- People with liver disease or coumarin sensitivity (polymorphism of CYP2A6 enzyme) should not consume more than one cup of Pukka Three Cinnamon tea daily within any 2 week period, unless otherwise directed by their health professional.
- All of our other teas and supplements containing cinnamon can be used freely according to the recommendations on the packaging.
- What is ‘Whole Leaf’ Tea?
The black and green tea range use only ‘Whole Leaf’ tea leaves. This means we only use whole leaves that are chopped just before packing to facilitate production into teabags and to maintain their special flavour.
- Serene Jasmine Green tea - is it jasmine flowers from a jasmine plant plus green tea OR a green jasmine plant?
Serene Jasmine Green tea is made from green tea and fresh Jasmine buds. The fresh buds are mixed up with the dry green tea in layers and left overnight for 8-12 hours. In this time the buds open (it gets warm inside the pile) and the dry tea absorbs the flavour of the Jasmine flowers. For our tea the process is repeated 4 times. For cheaper grades this is done with less flowers and only once. In the morning, the wilted Jasmine buds are removed by hand, so there are no Jasmine flowers left in the tea - just the Jasmine aroma. After the flowers are removed, the tea is dried again as it absorbs moisture in the process. The total amount of Jasmine buds needed for a quality like ours is app. 1kg of fresh buds on 1kg of made tea. The whole process takes 5-10 days.
- What quality grade of Matcha powder do you use?
Our Matcha powder is one of the best quality Matchas you can get. The basis of Matcha powder is the top buds of shaded spring teas. For these 'Kabuse Cha' teas, the bushes are shaded with dark meshes for a couple of days before harvesting. This increases the amount of amino acids and makes the tea sweeter. After harvest, the leaves are processed to steamed green tea, then the leaves are ground in stone mills. A very important factor is the temperature, so the milling is extremely slow in order to avoid high temperatures that can destroy the quality. Matcha should be stored in the cool and dark, otherwise it will lose flavour as well as colour. And, of course, it’s organic.
- Why is there 2% matcha powder in the Pukka matcha green tea range?
Matcha is naturally bitter in flavour and 2% matcha provides just the right balance of taste for our matcha green teas. Pukka matcha is 100% organic, pure and powerful; 2% provides just the right balance with our whole leaf green teas for a delicious taste and embalming you with its zen-like qualities.
- Why do Pukka not produce a pure matcha tea?
By blending matcha with pure whole leaf green tea and special blends of herbs, it enables us to create a range of matcha teas that are suited to different personalities and daily needs.
- Do Pukka offer tea samples to international customers?
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer tea samples to customers outside the UK due to environmental costs.
- Why do you use packaging for your teas?
At Pukka we are dedicated to sustainable living and endeavour to make all our packaging environmentally friendly and to the highest industry standard. For our tea, we use an organic cotton string without a staple, to ensure you can safely recycle the tea bag; we manufacture the teabags in the UK to support other businesses here to grow as we do, and our cartons are printed with vegetable inks. We want to keep our blended herbal tea bags preserved as much as possible to lock in the freshness and retain the high essential oil content which gives them such a unique and strong taste, which means using a sachet. The individually wrapped sachets protect the tea bags from light which can cause the oils to evaporate, helping to protect their depth of flavour and herbal health benefits.
- Are Pukka teas vegetarian or vegan?
All Pukka teas are vegetarian. Lemon, Ginger and Manuka Honey and Chamomile, Vanilla and Manuka Honey contain honey and may not, therefore, be suitable for all vegan diets.
- Has the Rooibos & Honeybush blend changed?
To ensure the future of our delicious Rooibos & Honeybush tea, the maca and red ginseng are no longer part of the blend. But don’t worry, the blend still tastes as good as ever, in fact we think it tastes even better.
- Will the Pukka Turmeric Gold tea stain my teeth?
Turmeric is one the world’s most commonly consumed spices; it is eaten, drunk and cooked by millions of people every day. The yellow pigments do not permanently stain teeth, but be careful not to spill it on any white clothing…