The Athella Dream
How it all began.
My earliest memory of tea is of my grandma using her very cold very black tea to add to the Christmas pudding, once she added a cup of tea we would all get to have a stir and make a wish. I think it was this magical tradition that started my love of tea, although I didn’t realise this at the time.
I have always loved tea and that really grew once I moved to Singapore and discovered TWG tea, luxurious tea tins, decadent high teas and divine blends. It gave me a new appreciation for quality tea blends. From there I moved to South Korea and discovered green tea, the plantations were lush, green and filled the country side!!! That’s where I really discovered the difference between a top grade and low grade of tea, steamed, fermented or pan it was amazing how much went into creating teas that we drank everyday, not really thinking about how they came to be in our homes.
Back home in Australia my tea obsession took a back seat to a busy life, I still always had a pot of tea brewing. The ritual of making a cup of tea is a real comfort to me in happy and difficult times. Some of my most cherished memories are when I'm with my mum, sisters or friends sipping tea, as we celebrate or decide how we will solve the worlds problems.
However during these times I begun to notice that I had started to have some mild reactions to tea. This was a wake up call as having a cup of tea was part of my daily ritual, which also gave me a chance to sit down and just take some time out for myself, even for just a few minutes a day. I decided to go on a journey to find out why I was having these reactions as I was not about to give up my favourite ritual, especially when it was considered a healthy option. I discovered through testing that I was having reactions not to the tea itself but the process in which mass produced tea is made, with synthetic chemicals and sprays. Plus it wasn't just the contents that weren't clean but the teabags, strings, staples and tags were all contributing to added plastics ( nano particles) in our bodies and the environment.
This is where Athella Tea began to form and today I have discovered a whole new world of teas and the exciting, regenerative and sustainable farming practices that are used to grow them. I want to be able to share what I have learnt and to bring to you the same quality of teas that are clean, without the extra artificial chemicals that I now get to enjoy with my family and friends, so that you can too.
Athella Tea acknowledges the Boandik peoples as the First Nations People and Traditional Custodians of this Region, where we create our blends. We acknowledge their spiritual connection to country and pay respects to their elders past, present and emerging.