Tell us a bit about the story behind your brand, your inspiration, the meaning behind your practice, your brand mission.
I founded The Tea Collective in 2014, starting with a beautiful little bricks and mortar teahouse in the coastal town of Newcastle. I spent years working in high-end hospitality around the world, sourcing quality products for clients and collaborating with world-class chefs to bring unique flavour profiles and ideas to life. Returning home to Australia, it seemed a natural evolution to open my own boutique space, where I created more than 120 hand-blended teas. Within six months of opening, The Tea Collective was named Best Tea Menu in Australia and Best Tea House in NSW. I love creating products & spaces that make people feel special, calm and spoiled.
What sets your brand apart from other tea brands?
We blend the timeless tradition of tea with a touch of innovation. With creative signature blends such Mon Coeur - a smooth Sri Lankan Orange Pekoe with apricot pieces and vanilla bean or our beautiful organic herbal collection - carefully crafted for health and wellbeing, we have something for everyone. We source the highest quality teas and ingredients from all over the world. We hand-craft and package all our blends right here in Australia. This ensures utmost attention to detail and quality assurance.
What is your favourite tea and why?
My personal favourite is our English Breakfast. I believe English Breakfast is the staple of most tea companies and is the tea I start every morning with. There are so many different types, every tea company has their own take on it. Ours is a blend of a strong Indian Assam and balanced with a smooth Sri Lankan Kenilworth black tea.
What were the first steps you took to launch? And what would you say was the scariest part/your biggest fear?
Creating all the blends and collections was my first step and ensuring a balance to make sure I had something for every palette. It was a creative time and I loved it! I still love that side of it. There’s a lot of scary parts but I guess initially it was creating what people perceived to be a cafe that didn't serve coffee. I needed to get my message across about taking time for yourself and committing to the ceremony of tea. However, that looks in our very busy lives.
What do your customers love about your brand/product?
We are a luxury tea brand. We are detail oriented in everything we do, and we create products that remind people to take that time for themselves. Our products make unique and elegant gifts and can also be part of people's everyday rituals.