Be infused with love…
Some people dream in color, but I dream in tea. When I am blending together fragrant tea leaves, bright blossoms, and sultry spices I transcend time. I’m able to bring to life the culinary tea fantasies that swirl in my imagination and tickle my palate. Inspired by the people I meet who request a wider tea palette, I was born with heightened senses, as I travel, taste, talk to special people, feel places and experiences, I am able to capture loving memories and moments in tea. When I hand blend my teas, the heady fragrances dance together and I am transported to another place, another time, or another happy, transcendent moment, flooding my soul and infusing my tea with love. Each blend is deeply personal as create recipes with my tea blends, my hope is that by offering you unconventional ways to take tea, I will inspire your tea palate with unique experiences that will infuse you with a sense of love, light and well being.
I have spent more than 20 years as a tea sommelier, educator and consultant to the trade, honing my skills as an artisan. With a background in tea, nutrition and design, I have been a leading speaker to the public and tea trade on the health benefits of tea since the late 1990s. After my lectures, I have been flooded with people asking me to help them as they did not have a taste for the current tea market yet a desire to cut their coffee consumption. I created tea drinks to mimic their favorite cafe beverages and found innovative ways to incorporate tea into their diets. My creative juices started flowing, tea became my artist’s palatte and this tea line was born! I am delighted to share my innovative, handcrafted artisan teas with you.
Creating each blend is truly a labor of love. I travel the world to source only the purest and highest quality teas, fruits, botanicals and blossoms to ensure that my teas are 100% pure—brimming with gorgeous aromas, voluptuous flavors, and healthful benefits, with nothing artificial or genetically modified, no sprays, pesticides or synthetic flavorings. My standards are unusually high, as my own family has many food and chemical sensitivities and allergies. I combine my background in holistic nutrition, my California Bay Area raised body-mind-soul consciousness, with my forty-plus years working in the beverage and hospitality industry and in my family’s San Francisco based Italian food business, known for their commitment to exceptional quality. Each blend is infused with my passion for living, my love for tea and mankind with respect for the planet. I create unique blends designed to lift you body, mind and soul, and I give you specific guidelines and brewing instructions or recipes to best experience and enjoy each tea as I envisioned them. My hope is that you will be filled with the love I infuse into each blend, enjoying each cup, glass, or bite, inspiring you to expand your tea repertoire.
My obsession for tea quality and purity has taken me around the world—I’ve been honored to study with renowned tea artisans and chefs in America, Europe and Asia, and have taught classes in the U.S., the UK, Ireland, France and Germany. I am available for demonstrations and classes, including afternoon teas, cooking programs and private parties.
Some of my past clients include: World Tea Expo; Take Me2Tea Expo; Mount Vernon; the French Embassy; American Cancer Society; Daughters of the American Revolution; Smithsonian Museum; and Ballymaloe Cookery School.
May you be infused with love,