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Mafalda and Bradley met while living in London and connected almost immediately, over their shared passion for food, art, culture & music. Although from different backgrounds, they found many similarities in their upbringing- especially- when it came to experience showing love, through food.
Mafalda hails from Portugal, a country that has a long and rich history with tea; where food and culture are everything. Soon after arriving in Sydney, she began working in the tea industry- this is where she discovered her true calling. She began immersing herself in all the tea books she could find, spending countess nights captivated by the tea’s history and complexity- she studied tea tirelessly.
Bradley was a set builder, at Fox Studios, at the time and looking for a career change.
It was in their Sydney apartment- which was now filled with tea books about tea, that they both began to explore this mysterious and ancient beverage. Soon it became a shared passion, and a path to a new future, together.
Our lives had become frantic, we became slaves to speed, as many people living in the city are. Constantly running from one thing to the next, it’s so easy to be consumed entirely by the anxiety and stress that modern life brings to our existence. As a result, we tend to neglect a deeper, quieter part of ourselves. Then tea came into our lives.
The ritual of brewing a pot of tea is like a brief meditation. The process requires thoughtful actions, but it also forces us to take a few moments - to slow down, reflect, and give a little perspective on our needlessly intense contemporary lifestyle and appreciate beauty in he smallest of things. The mindful act of brewing tea is a ritual that we feel is truly undervalued, our technological advance societies have disconnected us from the rituals that were once part of our everyday lives- something we crave without even knowing. These rituals are not only beneficial to us individually; socially they are just as important. Common ground is necessary for humans to relate, connect and survive, and tea can offer us that- as it has been doing for thousands of years
While working in the tea industry was very insightful, there was still an insatiable thirst, for more knowledge. Eventually, what had become a shared passion started to transform, into an ambitious dream.
After years of deliberating on whether or not to follow this new path, it was our honeymoon - to The Azores Islands (Portugal)- that changed our lives forever. After spending 4 hours walking through the only tea fields in Europe (at the time), we both knew that we could no longer deny our passion, and we decided right then and there to follow our hearts…
Back in Australia, Mafalda went off to study under Sharyn Johnston- founder and CEO of Australian Tea Masters- becoming a certified Tea Master and Tea Blender. It was then that we gathered everything we needed, so we could begin to experiment and curate our range of teas & tisanes. We worked tirelessly for 2 years, to put together a collection of sustainably sourced teas, that would appeal to a broad spectrum of tastes- from the specialty tea drinking connoisseur to the everyday breakfast blend lover - all without sacrificing quality, which is paramount for us.
The process of creating our small batch, handmade blends along with the cupping of the single origin teas- proved itself almost poetic; the flavours, the colours, the fragrances, and the precision of measurements, are for us the perfect and appealing combination of artistry and science...
Our goal is to take tea to the next level. Although tea is the most consumed beverage in the world- only second to water- it is often an afterthought and totally misunderstood, by consumers and many the hospitality industry.
As tea professionals, it is our role to educate our partners and our customers while being as transparent as possible when it comes to origin and process. Making these premium teas is an art form and hopefully, by giving these teas the value and status they deserve, we can work together to create a sustainable industry for everyone involved, and help to preserve this art form for generations to come.
Tea Bootcamp Part 1. Foundations
Friday October 18th we will holding our second Tea Bootcamp. This immersive educational experience is the perfect launch pad to begin your tea journey. Click for more information.