Why are we called 'Pukka'?
They say you never make a second chance to make a first impression, so when Tim and Sebastian started Pukka, they gave the name careful consideration. After some false starters (such as ‘Holy Cow’), they found what they were looking for in an ancient Hindi word.
To be ‘real’
The word pukka comes from Hindi and when it’s translated into English it means ‘authentic’ and ‘genuine’ – precisely the type of herb company that Tim and Sebastian wanted to create in Tim’s flat all those years ago.
As well as sounding positive (with a ‘juicy’ ring to it when you say it out loud), pukka is a well-known slang term in the UK meaning ‘great quality’ – as in, “It’s absolutely pukka mate”.
Tim and Sebastian knew it was the right choice. After all, being pukka – by filling people’s lives with exemplary quality herbs – was their absolute passion from day one.
We’ll stay Pukka forever
Tim and Sebastian officially christened their new company, Pukka Herbs, in 2001. Since that moment, the business has grown – a lot. But during that growth we’ve never ever lost the sense of being pukka.
Pukka epitomises our ethos, our vision, our values, our relationships with our growers, our attitude towards the people who work for us, and every single cup of tea or herbal supplement that we create.