Koseret offers a complex and exciting flavour profile. Tomato vines and basil meet you on the nose. The taste is mildly sweet and herbaceous, with a light lemon finish.
Cold infusion brings out a more pronounced tomato vine note and a slightly deeper level of sweetness whilst remaining exceedingly refreshing to drink.
A relative of the verbena and oregano plant, Koseret is traditionally taken as tea to fight off flu or is added to butter to mark celebratory meals.
Lippia adoensis, its botanical name, honours Augustin Lippi, a French-Italian botanist who died on a journey to visit the Ethiopian emperor in 1703. It's part of the Verbena family (in French it's called Verveine d’Afrique, literally African Verbena) and shares a similar leaf shape and citrus background.
Andinet Spice Cooperative
The Koseret is grown and tended to by the women of the Andinet Spice Cooperative. Andinet means “unity” in Amharic and together these women have built a cooperative providing opportunity through spice and herb production. They work small plots of Koseret, Lemon Verbena, Turmeric, and others near their homes in the Biosphere Reserve.
The women of Andinet hand-harvest and carefully dry the koseret on specially built drying tables before it is packed, inspected, and sent off to tea cups worldwide.
Afromontane Cloud Forests
The Koseret is grown in the Kafa Biosphere Reserve, located in the stunning Afromontane cloud forests in southwest Ethiopia. Historically, this region was home to the Kingdom of Kaffa and is now proudly renowned as the birthplace of coffee. The Biosphere Reserve was created to protect the biological diversity and cultural heritage of the people.