Here at T Ching, we’re focusing on our intention to shine a brighter spotlight on all our incredible writers. With that in mind, each month we pick one of our talented contributors to prominently display as our Featured Writer.

Photo of Holly Helt wearing an apron, holding a chasen toward the camera and smiling.

Holly Helt is a bright personality who always has a smile and something positive to say. She has a creative eye and talent for every part of tea, including the aesthetics. She has been a regular contributor to T Ching since July 2015.

Holly Helt grew up in Japan sipping Japanese tea from the tender age of three. With a burning desire to share this magical beverage with the world, she founded Chiki Tea and wrote the book Green is the New Black – the Glorious Rise of Japanese Tea. Chiki Tea, based in Japan, works with artisan farmers in Kyushu that Holly knows personally from years of cultivating these relationships. Representing the best matcha in Japan and working with masters to produce exclusive loose leaf teas, Chiki Tea exports products that are not available outside of Japan.