Thaddeus Tea Co. is the collaborative dream of a mother and son duo with a passion for exceptional Tea. Tammy has had a dream of having a tea bar for years. Growing up, her mother was addicted to tea, and Tammy grew to love it just as much. Special occasions were always celebrated at tea houses, and Tammy associates the feeling of being in one with birthdays, old friends, and wonderful life events. It feels natural for Tammy, at this point in her life to do something she loves and work for herself. She took a class on tea blending to begin to learn more about the art, and shortly after, she and her youngest son, James, began Thaddeus Tea Co.
Tammy and James have help blending their teas. They know it takes years to master the art. The Strawberry Kiwi blend was their first herbal blend they got excited about. It has dried strawberry, kiwi, apple, and hibiscus in it. Not all of their teas are blended, though. Blending is new to the tea scene, considering how may tens of thousands of years it's been enjoyed. They offer herbal blends, black tea, green tea, and oolong tea. Thaddeus Tea Co. believes in highlighting the all of the special characteristics of a single origin tea grown on one estate. Tammy and James favor teas for Thaddeus Tea Co. that have great estates growing them. There are many tea estates in third world countries that provide wonderful opportunities for women and their communities in conditions that are otherwise unpleasant. Most single origin, fine teas leaves are hand picked and rolled, and carefully steamed or dried, depending on their type. There is a great history that is available to experience when drinking quality teas, and that is what Thaddeus Tea Co. wants to offer those that choose their tea.
James is passionate about bringing education to the tea drinking experience. Drinking tea creates a channel to that area of the world, country, estate, and nature of where it is grown. At the Richland Park Farmer's Market, James seeks to connect with shoppers and teach them how to get the most out of each leaf they steep. There are easy, take home instructions, and there is also speaking with James about the intricacies of each type of tea, and how to fine tune your cup. As Thaddeus Tea Co. brings in new teas, they invite and look forward to their shoppers joining them on the journey of learning as they learn, about each new single origin tea, and tea blend.
While James embraces the history and depth, Tammy also loves sharing her joy of tea at the Richland Park Farmer's Market each week. She loves the culture of the market, how everyone there is interested in quality, and are there to seek it. Quality is the most important for Tammy to bring to the table. After drinking tea her entire life, she knows what great tea is, and thinks that's what people should have. Tammy's current favorite is Lovers Leap, a smooth, black tea from Lovers Leap Estate in Sri Lanka.
You can sample tea with Tammy and her son James each Saturday morning at the Richland Park Farmer's Market. I look forward to going on this tea journey with them over the next few years, and exploring the flavors and worlds that can be found in a cup.