Compassion Tea Company Announces New Teas to Share and Save Lives

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Compassion Tea Company, an online tea store which donates 100% of its after-tax profits to its parent organization, CompassioNow, is adding 4 new rooibos teas to its already rich offering of tisanes and herbal teas. These organic teas capture the heart of African culture and are grown following ethical procedures in South Africa where CompassioNow supports 2 medical clinics.

The partnership between Tree of Life Teas and Compassion Tea Company seeks to provide aid to the people of South Africa through a variety of methods.

Beginning in August, Compassion Tea Company will carry 4 new organic rooibos tisanes produced by Tree of Life Teas. The four teas capture the elements of African culture in both their naming and in the herbs and spices used for flavoring and are as follows: Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire. Made from the South African red bush also known as the rooibos bush, the teas are caffeine-free and therefore are a healthier beverage choice.

The partnership between Tree of Life Teas and Compassion Tea Company seeks to provide aid to the people of South Africa through a variety of methods. Tree of Life Teas is a small business based in Flagstaff, Arizona, that provides sustainable farming opportunities for a co-founder’s home country of South Africa while promoting healthy beverage choices for the rest of the world. Each of their teas is hand-blended using the highest grade of organic long leaf rooibos as well as ethically grown and harvested herbs. Compassion Tea Company donates 100% of its after-tax profits to its parent organization, CompassioNow, which supports Lily Medical Centre and 1000 Hill Community Helpers Clinic both located in South Africa. By providing employment and medical care, the partnership between Tree of Life Teas and Compassion Tea Company will change lives in South Africa.

Each of the four new teas will add new flavors to Compassion Tea’s already rich offering of tisanes and herbal teas. Earth is a “soothing combination” of sage, lavender, purple carrot, and bergamot meant to be “grounding” and “relaxing.” Wind seeks to capture the essence of scents wafting on the breeze. It combines jasmine flowers, vanilla, and lemon verbena to create a “breezy” and “uplifting” cup of tea. Water, meant to be rejuvenating like a cool mist, combines cooling mint, lemon verbena, and hint of hibiscus to give it its distinctive rosy color. Fire, the boldest of the rooibos line, is spicy and warming. It uniquely blends South African grown peri-peri chilies, cocoa nibs, and traditional Chai spices to create a passionately delicious cup of tea.

Compassion Tea Company offers a selection of over 80 teas ranging from blacks, whites, greens, oolongs, and blends as well as decaffeinated teas, herbals, tisanes, and rooibos teas. The teas are sold as loose leaf or in pyramid bags. While teas may be purchased individually, most teas are sold through the Compassion Tea membership program. Monthly memberships begin at $10 per month and offer two teas per month, discounts on other teas and accessories, discounted shipping and handling, and “members only” specials. Members derive pleasure not only from the high quality tea they receive but also from the knowledge that their membership fees are supporting a worthy cause.

Compassion Tea Company began when a core group of CompassioNow board members pledged to find a more sustainable method for raising funds for the work of CompassioNow. Founders Ed and Wendy Bjurstrom, Jack and Chris Faherty, and Lee and Anne Kennedy have all been to Africa and have worked alongside medical staff at various clinics including Tanzania Christian Clinic in Tanzania, Karero Medical Center in Kenya, Lily Medical Centre and 1000 Hills Clinic in South Africa, and Mission Medic Air and clinics accessed through Mission Medic Air in Zambia. In writing about his experience in Africa, Lee Kennedy explained, “Seeing first hand, looking into the eyes of people and realizing how much I have, how much even the poor of this country have, by comparison, changed me... There is something about really looking into the eyes and seeing that changes you. I went through life looking at pictures and news and not really seeing. Once I saw, I had to do something.”

Moved by the great need for medical care in rural parts of Africa, Ed and Wendy Bjurstrom founded CompassioNow in 2005. The foundation sends pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and funding for staff and projects and makes annual trips to the various clinics in order to ascertain their unique needs. Clinics have been chosen both for their Christian mission and for their willingness to partner with CompassioNow.

In an effort to “share tea, save lives,” Compassion Tea Company sells premium teas online and donates 100% of its after-tax profits to CompassioNow. Through the sale of tea and tea memberships and its innovative relationship with CompassioNow, Compassion Tea Company provides medical care to “the world’s least served.”

About Compassion Tea Company
Compassion Tea Company is known for its excellent products and services and is widely recognized for donating 100% of its after-tax profits to a charity that brings health and healing to individuals and communities in rural Africa. The relationship between Compassion Tea Company and its parent organization, CompassioNow, is an innovative linkage between premium products and funding for a great cause.

Linda Taggart, Director
Compassion Tea Company

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