Grown From Adventure
Founder - paul mathew
it runs in the family
Brian Mathew. Julian Alps 1960
Brian Mathew, Iran 1963
"My father, Brian, worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and wrote the definitive books on two of Everleaf's ingredients (Crocus and Iris). A photo of one of his original collections even features on the label!
Going further back in my family history, Captain Monty Wellby was a plant collecting explorer, renowned for respecting communities he visited in Africa and Asia.
I initially followed in their footsteps, studying conservation and working for environmental charities for almost ten years, but travelling around the world taught me about flavours, ingredients and drinks too, and I left to focus on my love of bartending, opening The Hide in London in 2007. Since then I have opened two more venues of my own, as well as consulting on many others around the world"
From field to bar
Mata Atlantica, Brazil
essential kit, Yunnan
It has taken over a year of experimenting to develop Everleaf, researching plants, sourcing, dehydrating samples, macerating and extracting to get the flavours I wanted; then there was the texture – something that’s missing from a lot of non-alcoholic drinks. Everleaf has a silky-smooth texture from the use of a rather unusual botanical - Voodoo Lily (konjac) from China."