THE WORLD IN A CUP
Based on the French island of Corsica, Callysthé mixes flavours from around the Mediterranean and beyond to create unique teas
The island of Corsica is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt places in all of Europe. This stunning mountainous island is home to more than 2,500 species of plant, flower and herb, many of which grow wildly and in great abundance. This natural bounty is what inspired Anthony Lebrun to form Callysthé, a company that combines wild, fresh and sometimes unique Corsican ingredients with the best Rooibos, black and white teas from around the world to create some truly inspired and original blends. “In tea, there are no limits,” he says. “It is like wine. It’s an amazing universe.”
Anthony was living in London when a flatmate introduced him to the world of tea. When he returned to Corsica, he began to miss having this wide choice of brews so decided to start his own company – the name Callysthé being a blend of Kalliste, the ancient Greek name for Corsica, and “thé”, the French word for “tea”. He now travels across the world – South Africa, China, Vietnam – to find the perfect teas to mix with local products such as the unique maquis or the immortelle flower, which is said to never fade. The teas are given evocative names like Un Été Corse (A Corsican Summer), which combines white tea from China and Sencha green tea from Japan with peach, apricot, pear and hibiscus, or Coup de foudre a Bastia (Love At First Sight in Bastia), which has Assam tea from India mixed with cocoa and Corsican nepeta, a native mint also called Corsican marjoram.
“You can drink our tea at every moment of the day and at any time of the year,” says Anthony. “You can start the day with Réveil Vitaminé (Vitamin Awakening), with hints of bitter orange, lemon and basil, and go to bed with Soir d’Hiver (the Winter Evening) which includes rooibos tea, chestnut, fig and almond. You can have it hot or you can have it cold.”
This unique product was originally sold on the island for locals but is now available in every major French city as well as other European countries and even in Canada and the United States. “Europeans outside the UK are starting to drink tea instead of coffee and it is becoming quite trendy in Europe, which it wasn’t ten years ago,” says Anthony. “This is what allows us to create these special teas that anybody can drink.”