Koala Tea Company

The rich soils of a plateau between lush old growth rainforests in Northern New South Wales, Australia, is the land of the koalas after whom we named our company.
The Koala Tea Story – In the years before 1993 – the year Howard Rubin & Elle Fikke founded The Koala Tea Company, Australia had no organised herb growing industry, and no Australian made or Australian owned herbal teas. The few herbal teas that were available were all imported.
Howard and Elle found there were many small and big growers interested in the idea of growing herbs, so they ran weekend seminars to educate them in the art of growing organic herbs. The result was that many of those growers started herb farms. Howard and Elle then started an organic certification program, Organic Herb Growers of Australia, which became a government recognised certification organisation.
To encourage their fledgling herb growers, Howard and Elle set up a new business, Herb Farms Australia, which marketed the fresh herbs. Over a relatively short time Herb Farms Australia grew with domestic and export markets, and when major herbal companies began showing interest in Australian grown medicinal herbs, they saw this as a signal that the time was right to start the Koala Tea Company.
Once Howard & Elle had established a reliable source of herbs, they set out to make a quality range of organic herbal teas. The teas, most importantly, had to be helpful in maintaining or bringing about good health and wellbeing, taste good, have wide appeal and be accessible to everybody. The first shipments were followed by more orders, and sales continued to climb as customers discovered these unique and truly Australian teas.
Consistent and growing sales of Koala Teas are indicative of the demand for organically grown herbal teas, both here in Australia and around the world. Distribution through national retail chains and health food and gourmet food stores has established Koala Teas as a popular choice for regular and new herbal tea drinkers. Koala Teas also attracted interest from the multinational tea makers.
Koala Tea has won many local and national awards and Howard was inducted into the Organic Hall of Fame some years ago.

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