Find of the Month: Perkse
There is nothing I love more when writing this blog than promoting Canadian businesses that are doing things right – and that is totally the case with this month’s amazing, awesome brand, Perkse. Although they’re relatively new on the scene – having just launched this past spring – Perkse is already making a splash and earning itself a dedicated fan base for its commitment to quality. Dive in and learn more below!
Let’s start off with that Perkse is – they’re an online-only coffee and tea retailer that is committed to delivering you a good drink. In fact, Perkse was founded after owner Eugene had a particularly bad cup of coffee and wanted to create a better brewing experience for everyone.
For the java lovers out there, Perkse hand roasts their beans in small batches on a 5lb diedrich to ensure top quality. They also serve up their coffee to suit your needs – from whole beans to three different types of grinds to suit your coffee maker. Costs are pretty reasonable too – a cute lil’ carton of beans will set you back $5-$7 for 100g.
Of course, good coffee is about more than just the beans – it’s about how you brew it. That’s why Perkse also carries a great lineup of brew gear, from kettles and pour over stands to serving mugs and more. Prices are totally reasonable for coffee aficionados (from $20 for a pour over dripper) and will lead to a supreme brewing experience.
Not a coffee drinker? Never fear – Perkse is also HUGE on the tea front, and again, they’re committed to doing things right. When it comes to tea, that means skipping the artificial flavouring other brands are known for using, as well as dried dense fruit and other additives to lower the tea’s density. That means less nutritional benefits for you, when tea is in fact a supremely useful diuretic.
So what is Perkse doing differently? For one, there aren’t any artificial flavours. The teas are hand blended and sourced in small batches to ensure optimal freshness. You’ll be amazed at the fullness of their teas with every sip and the range of flavours across their rooibos, herbal, green, black, white, and oolong profiles. From classics like Egyptian Camomile to zippy flavours like Raspberry Razz and Flowered Blackberry Rooibos (above), you’ll definitely find some favourites in the bunch. They also tell you cool things like the origin of the tea leaves, the altitude they were harvested at, and the health benefits of each blend. Not in the mood for something hot this summer? You can also brew a strong pot of tea and then ice it for a refreshing drink.
The prices are also worth smiling about – $3-$6 for most blends for 21g (about seven servings). If you’re new to Perkse then you’ll want to try out their current ‘Tea Sale’ promotion. Nab 6 different teas (for about 35 servings) and 20 tea bags for a serious bargain price of just $24. It’s a fabulous and affordable gift for the tea lover in your life, and also makes a great hostess or houseguest present.
You can also buy Perkse’s brew gear for your tea, like their signature tea filters for those looking to have a cup of their fave tea no matter where they are ($4 for 20 filters). It’s a great way to top up whatever teas you’re spoiling someone with!
Ready to get drinking with Perkse? I’m giving away five tea gift sets, consisting of six tea varieties and twenty tea filters so you can get a great taste of what Perkse has to offer. Here’s how to enter:
1) First & foremost: you must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. It’s as simple as finding ‘The Gift of Gab’ box in the righthand column and dropping in your email or clicking follow. Then, tell me in the comments below by July 31, 2015 – what teas or coffees are you most interested in from Perkse?
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around August 1, 2015 to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.
4) Bonus Entry: Follow Perkse on each of their social accounts. Then leave a comment on their FB wall, Repin one of their Pins and / or Regram one of their photos (and post one from their site). Share your activities in three separate comments below. Boom, you’ve earned three extra entries into the draw. It’s totally cool to do all or two or just one of these bonus entries!