Taking Stock of Tea Life and Starting a New Chapter

This week, I celebrate a new chapter in my tea adventure: I have started working at Red Blossom Tea Company, a longtime retail and wholesale tea merchant located in San Francisco’s Chinatown. I’ll be helping Red Blossom in their wholesale business. First, I am starting on the retail floor learning the teas and teaware.

I was worried about shifting gears away from solar energy, my career for over 12 years, to pursue a longtime interest but tea life has turned out to be a very rewarding journey so far.

Since November 2017:

  • I have read and reviewed over 30 English language books about tea.

  • I have started publishing a weekly event calendar focusing on highlighting and promoting tea events around the SF Bay Area.

  • I organized the Tea Outdoors series of events all summer for the East Bay Tea Meetup.

  • I have been attending Saturday morning weekly tea tastings and lectures almost every week at Sophie's Cuppa Tea.

  • I secured my first tea employment at Blue Willow Teaspot in Berkeley for three days a week, generated several lovely five star reviews, and developed several organization systems for packaging, storing service items, and teaware inventory.

  • I took a six week course on the Japanese Way of Tea with No Gate Tea and my chabana became significantly refined.

  • I have begun to build a small set of teaware and utensils for tea stages that suit different moods and times of year.

  • I attended the World Tea Expo, TeafestPDX, and Northwest Tea Festival to learn about the industry and connect and build relationships with other tea enthusiasts and professionals.

I am grateful to everyone who has provided encouragement, knowledge, and opportunity along my journey. Now, time for me to get going on my flashcard studying.