What inspired you to create your blog?
I knew I liked tea but also knew I didn’t know much about it and was determined to learn more. When I want to learn more about something I dive right in which is what I did. As I begun to learn more about tea I started sharing what I was learning with people in my life who, quite frankly, had no interest. All I wanted to do was share with them how excited I was about tea but they weren’t interested. So really, my blog was a way for me to express what I was learning and share that joy. The people who wanted to share that with me could and those that didn’t could stay away from it. Thankfully as I have been documenting my tea journey those closest to me got a little more curious and are now becoming more interested in this love of mine!
You say you’re not a tea expert but do you see yourself getting more involved in the tea world to become one?
If life decides to allow me to become more involved in the tea world then that would be great! But I don’t think I want I my focus to be on becoming an expert instead of just enjoying tea and learning through experience.
Tea: what does it mean to you?
Tea is a way for me to feel and connect to myself, others, and activities. If tea is involved, I instantly enjoy things more. Hard to explain, but tea isn’t just about taste for me. While that is a big part of the enjoyment, tea is more about experiencing rather than tasting.
What’s you’re favourite cup of tea, and why?
Thinking of all the teas I love it was hard to choose a favourite! I think I will have to go with a Genmai Cha. Perhaps not the most expensive kind of tea or the most elegant but one of my earliest tea memories involves that kind of tea and I believe that is why I love it so much!
What would you say is your favourite memory you have during your tea journeys, and why?
My favourite tea memory has to do with my favourite tea! One of the very first introductions I had to tea was in a Japanese restaurant with my dad. He ordered a pot of green tea and I decided to try a bit of it. I was completely shocked and pleased to find that it tasted really good! Before that I had always turned up my nose at any kind of tea! I had no idea what kind of tea I had just experienced but I knew that perhaps there was something about tea that I didn’t know and I began to try more. Later during my tea journey I had a Genmai Cha and as soon as I tasted it brought back that memory of dinner with my dad and I knew that was the tea we shared that night.
Your blog contains quite a few reviews of all sorts of different tea. What is your inspiration when critiquing and writing?
You know, really I just let the tea talk to me. I take all my pictures before I brew the tea so I can get a feel for the leaves and the fragrance, then I make a cup. With my cup in hand I sit quietly and experience the tea without any sort of writing tools around me. Once I am done I can sit with my computer and hope that I have the words to describe what I just enjoyed or didn’t enjoy. There have been a few times where I couldn’t write after drinking my cup because the tea was so complex I didn’t feel I had words just then to write.
Any last words you’d like to say:
I like to simply encourage people to explore, experience, and enjoy tea. I truly believe my life is richer because of it!
In 1983, the family-run tea company Harney & Sons was born. At the time, John Harney started production out of his basement in Salisbury, Connecticut.Today they are headquartered in Millerton, New York where they also run the Millerton Shop. In 2010, Emeric Harney, the grandson of John Harney and 3rd generation Master Tea Blender, opened up the popular Harney & Sons SoHo Shop. While supervising that location, Emeric is also the Marketing Director for his family‘s tea business. At the tea table Emeric shared how his tea journey began at just 3 years old, what his personal tea sessions look like, a tea advice his grandfather passed down to him, and much more.
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