Growing up in the south, we always had a pitcher of sweet tea on the table with every meal. You know the kind. Purchased from the grocery, cardboard box, white bags filled with a crushed dirt looking substance (technically called dustings or fannings) and probably just as old as dirt . But it’s what we drank and the more sugar the better. Luckily today I know better!
About six years ago, I was searching for some herbal alternatives to pharmaceutical medication and in that quest I stumbled upon loose leaf tea. I was offered a cup with little expectation. I mean tea is tea, right? Before the first sip hit my lips, the aroma was intoxicating and I knew this was going to be a treat. I instantly fell in love with loose leaf tea. It was a White Bloom Earl Grey and had a complex blend of fruity yet floral and a smooth light finish. I was hooked and determined to taste all of the other flavors as well. Boy was I in for a surprise because, come to find out, there would not be enough days in my life to do that! I was so smitten with this new found hobby of mine that I just had to turn it into a career. Tea was, and still is, my calling.
I ran off to the World Tea Expo and started taking every course I could to expand my knowledge of teas from all over the world. I even took a three -week tea tour of Japan where I studied the growing and harvesting process of green teas and Matcha. Today I am a Certified Tea Specialist.
In 2014, I opened The Tea Spout & Matcha Bar where we offered tea lovers a place to sip, study, socialize, learn about and purchase amazing teas and herbal blends from all over the world. It was one of my life’s greatest accomplishments and I will be forever grateful for the amazing friendships I made there but unfortunately, after six years, I was forced to close my shop due to the financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today I continue to run my little tea life on line. I’m still blending, sipping and tasting along with packing, shipping and delivering to my local “Teaspouters”. It is important to me to stay connected to the community that helped me build my dream while offering me the opportunity to invite new Teaspouters in from all over the world. You can always be assured that there will be detail, care and love in every package you receive from The Tea Spout Tea Company!
Certified Tea Specialist