When I was younger, my mom used to make me a cup of Celestial Seasonings peppermint tea whenever I was sick or needed cheering up. For a long time, I associated tea with something to drink to make one feel better. In 2008, I traveled to China, and drank tea every day for the six weeks I was there. It was in China that I began to see tea as a drink not just for health, but for enjoyment of life. I brought home a large canister of pu’erh tea from that trip; since then, my tea collection has expanded from that one canister, to a shelf in my cupboard, to an entire kitchen cabinet. I love tea! I love brewing it, I love tasting it, I love smelling it. I love feeling the leaves. I love that there are so many different kinds of tea, and how brewing tea in exactly the right way makes the flavor come alive. I love discovering new things to enjoy about tea! So – that’s why I’m here.