HOW TO ENJOY A SUSTAINABLE CUP OF TEA: PANEL SESSION
Ok, we often hear about the existing problems in the tea industry whether it is about the minimum wage or microplastics in tea bags. But where, what, and how can we exactly learn about tea sustainability?
What does tea sustainability even mean!?
This session is for all tea drinkers who want to practice their purchasing power to form the tea industry better, yet feeling stuck.
We will dive in how to enjoy a sustainable cup of tea that doesn’t destroy our nature and society, so we can continue our healthy and delicious tea journey
MEET OUR panelS
CEO, Monsoon Tea
The idea of Monsoon Tea started growing when I first travelled to Northern Thailand over 20 years ago to source ceramic teapots for a tea company I then worked for in Spain.
Five years after Monsoon Tea was founded and nearly 20 years after the original idea started to grow, we are now a steady growing company with five shops in Thailand and orders from all over the world. We have a large number of wholesale customers and we create tea pairings together with some of Bangkok’s best Michelin restaurants. It is truly a blessing to run business fully focused on creating a product as sustainable as possible, and then being able to offer it to the rest of the world.
Elyse Petersen is a Global Tea Ambassador with the International Tea Farms Alliance.
She has spent time working with tea farmers in Wazuka, Kyoto, Japan.
This experience has inspired her to help tea culture across the U.S. and around the world.
Petersen is an experienced international development worker in the area of food security, natural resource management, and sustainable food preservation, having served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa and Antigua and Barbuda, Eastern Caribbean.
Elyse graduated from Shidler College of Business with a Japan-focused M.B.A and from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a B.S. in Food Science and Technology. You can learn about Elyse’s passion for collaboration in this talk she gave at TEDx Honolulu: A Mango in the Sun.
Founder, Grass People Tree
Rui Liu, the founder of Grass People Tree, shares the untold stories of wild, indigenous and ancient tea that are made in tune with nature just like it was 2500 years ago.
Born and raised in the wild and inaccessible mountains of Guizhou in southwestern China, Rui’s mission is to serve as an advocate for authentic narratives and dying traditions, to celebrate the diversity of the tea as part of global culture and to share the ancient wisdom that is needed more than ever in today’s world.