So while Zane and Stella went to get some things for our picnic I poked my head into the Torquay pharmacy. It was a lovely store. Very pretty with lots of unique (and somewhat expensive) gift lines. Someone here has good taste! As I worked my way past funky tea towels, glass jars and colorful table decor I found 'Matka Organics'. Beautifully packaged loose leaf tea, and all on a shelf of its own. It looked a bit spesh! The sign above said 'made by our own pharmacist'. Wow how cool is that? I spoke to the pharmacist on duty who pointed me in the direction of Sarah who works at their other store 'Surfcoast Pharmacy'. Fortunately that was right in the direction we were headed.
Ten minutes later I found myself at Surfcoast pharmacy, a much smaller version of Torquay pharmacy. After a sudden flurry of customers from the medical centre next door, I had Sarah all to myself. I explained who I was and my interest in the product. Sarah was super friendly. This is what I learned:
Matka organics is made by three pharmacists and a naturopath. Sarah has a keen interest in natural medicine and when her naturopath friend came up with the idea she wanted to get involved. Formulating the herbal teas and marketing them has been hard work. They didn't just want to sell flavoured teas. They wanted to give the customer a high quality, therapeutic tea. There are 6 special blends: immune, tranquility, slim & cleanse, sleep, digestion and skin. They also have 3 everyday blends: chai, blank & vanilla, jasmine & green. Sarah kindly gave me a few samples. I am yet to try, as I didn't bring a teapot on our travels. I'm thinking I need to buy one of those cute little tea strainers.
Sarah and I chatted for a while and I told her of my quest to find a new 'pharmacist direction'. She completely agreed. It turns out most of her pharmacist friends have pursued other careers, or have left community pharmacy to work in areas such as technology or consulting. I wonder what the stats are on this? Either way, Sarah was cool. Community pharmacy is lucky to still have her. And I can't wait to buy a strainer and drink some Matka Organics Tea!