In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March we chatted with six women who are shaking up the tea industry! They each saw a niche in the tea market, decided to follow their dreams and founded their own tea businesses. And the tea world is all the richer for them! 

Each business owner has their own unique story to tell, bringing their personality, experience and know-how into the company ethos. So let’s raise our tea cups and celebrate women, tea and following dreams. 

Graduating in 2001 with a degree in biomedical science from King’s College, London, Bernadine started her career in marketing. In 2008 she moved on to pursue her true love in the tea business. Using her scientific knowledge to create unique blends with exquisite flavours, she has since won 9 Great Taste Awards out of 12 blends to date. Read Bernadine’s story here.

Raman Bath and Sital Nakarja, Directors at SupplyR Ltd and creators of CupTea

They first met at the school gate dropping of the kids, and soon discovered they had a lot in common, including their love of a good cup of tea on the go. Pooling their combined 40+ years of industry experience, they soon joined forces and built SupplyR Ltd, and developed CupTea. Read Sital and Raman’s story here.

Arleen Ouzounian, Founder of Nazani Tea

After training to be a barrister and working in industry, Arleen founded Nazani Tea in 2017. She grew up watching her family pick, source and blend the freshest and purest herbal infusions and wanted to share this experience with the rest of the world. Nazani Tea now offers luxury herbal infusions and grain tisanes, on par with some of the finest Camellia sinensis suppliers. Read Arleen’s story here.

Carole Tan, Founder of TEASPEC

Carole was introduced to the world of Pu’er tea through her mother-in-law’s formidable tea collection. Built up for over 35 years, this collection became their family legacy, boasting the best quality Pu’er teas of different vintages and different blends. They began sharing their Pu’er collection with friends as gifts, before deciding to share their treasures with the world via TEASPEC. Read Carole’s story here.

Valerie Diederichs, Founder of Team Tea

After a career in aerodynamic engineering with Mercedes Formula One, Valerie completed her MBA, spearheaded an art for loan club before turning her talents to her other passion, tea. Founded in 2018, Team Tea is based in Oxford and has already won 6 Great Taste Awards. Read Valerie’s story here.

Stay tuned for more insights and stories from Women in Tea!


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