After I met Edvina Erebara at the Dutch Tea Festival, I had to meet here again for an interview.
In her beautiful office at De School in Amsterdam Edvina tells me about her baby Lemon Poppy. Last year she decided to quit her job and focus on her dream. Going back to her roots in Albania, she wanted to introduce the Çaj Mali (pronounced as ‘ts-jai mali’) flower in the Netherlands. It grows on mountain sides at a height of 1500 meters along the Mediterranean coastline. The villagers used it for thousands of years as an herbal tea in Albania to support health. It is 100% organic, caffeine free, rich of iron and full of antioxidants and helps to detox your body. Nowadays they still use it as a remedy for a cold.
What I love about Lemon Poppy is her awareness for nature. The flower is a product of nature, but also packaged in an eco-friendly way. We mostly talked about the growing awareness in Amsterdam for reducing waste and staying healthy. Lemon Poppy is a product made for this modern time. No machine production, no processing, no additives and no tea bags are used. This is only possible because it an exclusive product. At her office she made a fresh pot for us, and I finally got the chance to taste the tea myself. Maybe it sounds cheesy but the tea has a really pure and fresh taste. You can drink it all day long, and re-use the flower more than two times.
Edvina is also working on a ice tea, with only natural products, like pure coconut water in combination with the Çaj Mali. I had the chance to taste the ice-tea at the festival, and it is not what you expect. There are no sugars added, and some people might miss that sweetness. But if you let your original thoughts go, you will notice that it’s absolutely delicious. A awesome drink (which doesn’t makes you fat) for the upcoming summer if your not a fan of drinking hot tea if it’s hot outside.