Chilled Turmeric Tea with Flavors of the Philippines at #IFEXph 2015


By Shekinah Sabrina Colcol, FoodFindsAsia |

As locally-sourced products continue to dominate the current food scene, Lokalitea emerged out of a eureka moment by Paranaque-based owner Ferch Reynoso. Presenting an all-natural health drink that is freshly brewed daily, turmeric tea comes to life with pandan, calamansi, lemongrass and dalandan flavors.


Turmeric is a plant coming from the family of rhizomes, similar to that of a ginger but with a bright yellow-orange color, stronger taste and aroma. Curcumin is the antioxidant in this super food which helps prevent heart attacks and lowers bad cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It also curbs joint pains and arthritis attacks because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

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Why turmeric? During the time when ginger amounted to a mass of gold, turmeric became the more affordable alternative. Therefore, Ferch had the idea of experimenting with this unique ingredient we commonly have known as a flavor-additive to any curry dish.

Turmeric tea seemed to be the most basic option, since we are already accustomed to salabat, but its gingery taste was so overwhelming that you could not stand drinking one cup! Ferch thought of overcoming this challenge by combining the different flavors of herbs and fruits naturally found in the Philippines to help soothe the stinginess, giving birth to this power drink in a bottle.

Lokalitea Owner Ferch Reynoso smiles as she shares with us her advocacy for 100% organic products.
Lokalitea Owner Ferch Reynoso smiles as she shares with us her advocacy for 100% organic products.

After leaving the corporate world to pursue a travel agency business, the mother of two kids eventually ventured into the food industry by simply sharing her creation with family and friends since October 2014. The Reynoso family started to commercially sell the homemade beverage by February 2015.

Now available in the BF Saturday Market and Sidcor Centris Sunday Market in Quezon City, Lokalitea continues to expand their borders even up to the fitness-themed restaurant in Eastwood, FitBurger.


Lokalitea envisions to establish a brand that instills nationalism with every sip of this refreshing drink. Free samples of this turmeric sensation infused with the flavors of the Philippines were given at their booth at #IFEXph 2015 during the SMX Convention Center last May 21-24, 2015.

For orders and deliveries, visit their Facebook page or contact Ferch Reynoso 09178133724.

Photo Credit: Lokalitea