Looking back on my early life, I can see quite plainly the key influences that led me to my...Read More
Icewine tea is a special wine-infused tea found in Canada. It’s extremely fruity, sweet, and light, but with a strange but refreshing coldness to it, like eating a fruit salad off a glacier.
In the 12 years since I opened my first tea lounge back on that hot, dusty day in Edmonton, I had a vision of an industry whose trajectory would replicate that of our darker cousin. I had the sense – after less than...Read More
Latte art has become a very cool phenomenon in the coffee house industry. With perfectly textured milk poured into rich espresso shots and finished with a barista’s insignia, it’s no wonder people line up for a latte made to...Read More
My love of business has been with me from the time I was a child. But my love of the tea business was planted back in 2004, when we began investigating it in earnest. I now have a stake in two tea companies and we are hoping...Read More
I guess it was somewhat inevitable – my destiny so to speak. With the revelation that I possess a thoroughly green thumb and a lifelong love of the tea leaf in all its forms and manifestations, I now find myself on a...Read More
May 3, 1999 – Edmonton, Alberta. Steeps – the Urban Teahouse opened its doors for business on a hot and dry prairie morning – 1000 square feet, 28 seats, 78 teas, 2 pies, 2 cakes, 3 kinds of cookies, date squares, and an...Read More
Late last month I returned from Montreal after spending a week working with the owners of an incredible new tea bar opening in the downtown core. Having aptly named it “Téh Bar – the new face of tea”, Renoi, Olivier, and Jean...Read More