Situated on the mountain as you drive through the Piekenierskloof Pass, Carmién Tea is your first stop on the rooibos route and the gateway to the Cedarberg.
Although Carmién Tea is well- established as an international export brand, it is particularly well-known in local retail for its innovative and extensive range of herbal blends and flavoured rooibos products. Their most recent introduction is a range of cold brew teas. A convenient, delicious, on-the-go tea that perfectly suits their motto of living a healthy active lifestyle. They also offer a range of teaware and accessories, as well as limited edition Carmién branded activewear.
At Carmién they believe in offering you a direct link from crop to cup, ensuring total food traceability whilst offering superior quality organic and conventional rooibos. Founder and now managing director, Mientjie Mouton grew up on Bergendal farm with her twin sister Carmen Niehaus, well-known as the previous food editor of You and Huisgenoot – hence the name Carmién (which suitably also means red). Here they handle the whole process from harvesting, processing to packing.
Carmién Tea is also a vehicle of empowerment aiming to provide sustainable jobs and broad-based wealth creation for their farm workers as an independent marketing company. +- 683 Farm worker shareholders (4000 including family members) are direct beneficiaries of their rooibos sales and for every 100 tons of packed tea they do, they create 10 extra jobs. All Carmién shareholder farms are Fairtrade Accredited and do community projects that support communities working and living on the farms.
Their popular tourist stop is the Carmién Tea Shop at De Tol Farm Deli, just off the N7, located on the Piekenierskloof Pass. Here they offer pre-booked tastings and a video presentation of their tea story. Be sure to join them for exciting rooibos tasting and pairing experiences from R70 pp, ideal for small and/or larger groups.
Pre booking is essential for experiences: +27 67 410 3315.