Say Hi to Perfect South!

By Kate Walsh

Run by Paul and Renee, this little tea company sources all their green tea from Australian plantations and it is beautiful! They'll be at the market so drop by to pick up a perfect pressie. 

How exactly does one become a tea master?
Renee: Ahh yes, the tea master title is intriguing. There is a certification course run by Australian Tea Masters. You study hard, taste and evaluate a lot of tea and sit a test with a blind tasting

Where is green tea is grown in Australia?
Renee: It’s grown in a few places – in North East Victoria (that’s were our tea comes from), there’s a plantation near Gosford in New South Wales, some up in the Tweed Valley in Queensland, and then in Western Australia and I think in Tasmania too.

What were your jobs before starting Perfect South?
Renee: I worked in the PR industry as a social media and brand strategist, which has been very handy for starting a business.
Paul: I was a dolphin trainer and an occasional graphic designer. I still do all the ongoing design work for Perfect South which is always fun.

If there was one thing about the food system you could change, what would it be?
Renee: Waste. It bothers me no end to see perfectly good food thrown out. If the public knew or saw how much food is wasted on a daily basis they’d be horrified. We definitely need more support or organisations like OzHarvest.
Paul: For me, the big one is factory farming. I made the decision a couple of years ago to only eat meat that came from ethical farms.

Perfect South Cooler by Bloodwood

30ml Perfect South sencha green tea
45ml high quality gin
15ml La Goya manzanilla sherry
10ml sugar syrup
10ml lemon juice

Pre-make the green tea and chill down in the fridge. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Serve over ice in a tall glass, top with soda water and garnish with fresh cucumber.