Tumeric latte: natural to harvest success of new hot drink in Cottesloe

Natures Harvest owner Hament Chayda is selling up to concentrate on sales of his tumeric latte mix. Picture: Jon Bassett
Natures Harvest owner Hament Chayda is selling up to concentrate on sales of his tumeric latte mix. Picture: Jon Bassett

COTTESLOE health food stalwart Nature’s Harvest is for sale so its operator can concentrate on the success of his tumeric latte mix which supports the young across the world.

“We thought it was doing so well, the only reason to distribute it more widely is to raise money for youth,” Nature’s harvest owner Hament Chayda said.

Nature’s Harvest first opened with another owner in 1981, and was taken over by former UK pharmacist Mr Chadya in 2013.

He has invested in the business, adding a kitchen, salad bar and juices counter during renovations in 2014.

However, his perspective about how to orientate the business changed after a 2016 meeting with a young man who, suicidal at 13, had his life change by attending the Magic Moments Youth Leadership and Business Summit in NSW.

“The key thing that came out of those with who I spoke to who had been to the camp was they were happier, more confident,” Mr Chayda said.

The key to backing more youth to get the camp, and others around the world with promise and leadership, was the success of the latte mix made from tumeric, which is claimed to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

There was a demand to make the drinks at home and at work.

“There was so many customers saying ‘Can you package it?’, and even a woman would drive up from Mandurah for one,” Mr Chayda said.

Sales that donate $1 from a small packet and $3 from a large purchase have raised about $100,000 for $1500 scholarships for youth across the globe.

Mr Chadya is now working to create a foundation to direct the money, and have able and disabled people make the latte mix at a new facility in Bassendean.

He said a health food shop still has place in Cottesloe’s Napoleon Street.

“Hopefully someone will take it over and continue running a health food store.”