1 Dear customer, OXALIS quietly celebrated its 28th birthday at the end of July, by which time it had probably gone through an equally bizarre season in its history. There’s clearly no need to go over the ups and downs of the past months, after all, everyone went through them and rehashing the lot would be like carrying coals to Newcastle. Although the company gained some bumps and bruises along the way, the challenges it faced helped strengthened things somewhat. We’re still standing and in rude health, ready to usher in certain improvements in the supply chain and present an incredible array of products. So, I’ll give you a breakdown of what’s new at the “house” of OXALIS. We’ve put emphasis on expanding the range of organically farmed goods, adding loads this time round. While issues surrounding COVID-19 also affected the countries of origin, there was surprisingly little impact in procuring tea and coffee from them. Despite this, every importer faced difficulties when it came to international shipping and the associated rise in demand in freight, us included. This year, we follow up on 2020’s great assortment of black teas from India with more Darjeeling in the form of a second harvest from Puttabong, as well as a very successful example from last autumn sourced from the famous Ambootia garden. What’s more, these two teas from the foothills of the Himalayas are organic! More news from India: the Brahmaputra basin is represented by the wonderful Assam Nahorhabi FTGFOP1 Tippy, alongside the Assam Guwahati OP blend and Assam Boisahabi BPS. As for Japan, there are more than before, with Sencha Ryokucha ORGANIC (“ryokucha” means green tea) and a black tea - Kuro Tea ORGANIC (“kuro” translates as black) - joining the ranks. The latter has a distinctive honey-orange note and, yes, it’s a black tea from Japan, which makes it really quite unusual. The family of herbal blends is joined by Tribulus terrestris, a pick-me-up to bolster one’s hormonal activity, libido, energy and vitality. Moreover, the booster for immunity that is pink rock rose makes a welcome return. We set out to Slovakia to find herbs suitable for creating herbal blends. Below Kriváň, a mountain in the High Tatras near the village of Východná, we found what we were looking for in the pristine environment of the Tatra National Park. The herbs that grow there are certified as the produce of organic farming and feature in seven new herbal blends we’ve devised. You can look forward to sampling eight brand-new flavoured teas and blends, which shall be launched over the coming seasons. The autumn will mark the arrival of authentic Tulsi – Ashwagandha Ayurvedic tea that’s actually mixed in Kolkata (India), as well as a combination of herbs grown in the Czech Republic called, fittingly, Czech Meadow. Black tea flavoured with sea buckthorn and ginger and the fruit blend of Turkish Apple shall be released in the winter. February 2022 will see the introduction of the spring and summer ones, including two fresh, green teas based on organic Japanese Sencha Ryokucha with natural flavouring under the names of Suzushi, which translates as “pleasantly cooling in warm months” and Yasumi (an extended period of rest). Otherwise, we’ve created the organic fruit mixture of Black Chokeberry and Hibiscus and an organic herbal blend called Maté Orange. Moving onto coffee, a type making its debut is Estuário, which harks from the area near the Brazilian port of Santos. Another highlight of the extended assortment from Brazil is Espirito Santo Village. We also newly bring you the pleasantly sweet Congo Kiwu ORGANIC from Africa, with a taste reminiscent of strawberry jam and pecan nut. Meanwhile, there’s a flavoured coffee to watch out for that tastes like a cherry in chocolate.