Meet Our Staff: Nick

by on Saturday, August 3, 2013 2:45:00 PM

In the last two months we have introduced you to Anne and to D. This month we are introducing you to Nick. Nick is an avid tea lover who has been working with us for about 3 years now. Nick spends his time at the shop working on our monthly newsletter, updating our website, and enjoying tea with everyone who stops in. Keep reading to learn more about Nick


How did you get into tea?

When I was in high school I attended a Spanish camp in Bemidji, Minnesota to work on my Spanish. Most of my counselors were from Argentina, and they drank a traditional drink called Yerba Maté. I was curious and intrigued by this drink, so when I came home from the camp I purchased a gourd and bombilla (traditional tools for drinking yerba) and my first hot water heater. As I explored yerba, I started to learn more about traditional teas from China and continued to learn as much as I could about different growing regions and different types of tea.

How did you find Shang Tea?

On one of my summer breaks from college, my dad found a tea tasting happening at The Whole Food Market cooking studio in Kansas City. Since I was really starting to enjoy loose leaf tea, I attended and met Shang. I was fascinated that here in Kansas City there was a guy who grew and processed his own tea. I was a customer of Shang’s for about 1.5 years before I started to work for him.

What is your favorite Shang Tea and why?

For as much as I enjoy all of Shang’s teas, I keep coming back to the White Peony King time and time again. It usually starts off and ends my day. I think I just really enjoy the subtlety and consistency of Shang’s White teas. I must say though that Shang’s brick aged White tea is quickly catching up.

Any words of wisdom for tea lovers out there?

Drink teas that you enjoy drinking! The health benefits will follow if you enjoy what you are drinking.

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