Tea became my passion quite unexpectedly. After moving to Toronto, growing tired of the heavy taste of coffee (and the result of its acidity) I began to explore various teas available. Starting with a black tea from the Assam region in India, robust with honey malty notes, this became my morning brew and the perfect start to my exploration. Teas from Ceylon, Darjeeling and Jasmine Dragon pearls followed; what a beauty to see the leaves unfurl. And then I fell in love .......... with Oolong tea.
Motivated by my new passion, I began seeking out courses to educate myself on all things tea. My first stop was to George Brown College (a well-regarded culinary school in Toronto). What started as a tea appreciation program expanded to become a tea sommelier program. Who knew one would learn so much about the camellia sinensis plant.
After graduating as one of the first few certified Tea Sommeliers (in conjunction with the Tea Association of Canada), and with a few of my fellow graduates, we formed the Tea Guild of Canada.
A trip to the remote tea villages in China followed providing the opportunity to explore first-hand the tea gardens, tea process, and tasting fresh spring tea with the tea masters who generously shared their vast knowledge and time over a cup of tea.
The seed was planted and a new life path began based on my passion and love of all things tea.
My journey continues with My Tea Brew, a collection of premium loose leaf teas and handcrafted small batch tea blends that I hope you will enjoy.