Author Archives: Rita Fong

Louise Roberge, A Tea Industry Dynamo

Louise Roberge has energized the Canadian tea community since she was first named president of the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada in November 2000. Always ready with a smile, Roberge has a soft, friendly manner… unassuming until challenged on any of the many subjects she holds dear. She leaves a legacy of non-combative...

Camellia Sinensis Opens Montreal’s First Chai Bar

MONTREAL, Quebec Everything is faster and more automated in today’s world. Taking time to appreciate a good cup of tea requires unhooking from the machine to experience the present moment fully. Somewhere between a quick coffee and traditional teas, chai satisfies a need for strong flavors, complexity and … caffeine, of course. Bristol Chai...

Canadian Sommelier Opened The Tea Lounge

LONDON, Canada What does it take to be a tea shop owner in Canada? It helps to know something about both the leaf and the retail business. Successful owners are typically enthusiastic and dauntless. Michelle Pierce Hamilton is that and more. A Canadian certified tea sommelier and a registered nutritionist who founded beTeas, she...

1, 2, 3: Boot Camp Takeaways for Retailing Tea

World Tea Expo’s Tea Business Boot Camp offers an insiders’ in-depth review of the essentials of running a successful tea business in today’s marketplace. Business owners, and those aspiring to begin a tea business, are constantly bombarded with massive amounts of information. The challenge of weeding through the junk to discover current trends and technology...