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Steeping Around With Rekaya

Aug 27, 2021

In teatime, host Rekaya Gibson features Pineapple Mint by Shaka Tea. In tea talk, she shares the history of growing tea in the United States from 1799 to present day. In tea news, she announces the launch of Mavusana Premium Rooibos Tea in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Shaka Tea -

Mamaki, a native plant of Hawaii

André Michaux, French Botanist

Henry Middleton

Dr. Junius Smith

Dr. Alexis Forster

Dr. Charles Shepard, Pinehurst Tea Plantation, Summerville, South Carolina

Thomas J. Lipton Incorporated

Mark Fleming and William Barclay Hall

Charleston Tea Garden –

American Classic Tea, a 100% tea from America’s own tea garden

Bigelow Tea Company -

U.S. League of Tea Growers –

Mavusana Premium Rooibos Tea -

Stellenbosch, Western Cape in South Africa


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Helmer, J. (2017, March 28). Pinkies Up! A Local Tea Movement Is Brewing. NPR.

IOL Reporter. (2021, August 19). This Stellenbosch Entrepreneur Has Created His Own Rooibos Tea Brand. GQ.

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Tatum, J. (2013, February 25). Tea times in Summerville. The Summerville Journal Scene.

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Wikipedia Contributors. (2020, August 6). Charleston Tea Garden. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.