Thanks for reading Mel Had Tea!
Hi! I’m Mel Hattie, a tea sommelier and photographer from Canada. I write Mel Had Tea, a blog that explores tea and travel culture around the world.
I’m a twenty-something book nerd, feminist, traveller, writer and photographer currently based in Nova Scotia.
Growing up, you could always find me curled up in a pile of blankets with either a National Geographic, fantasy saga, graphic novel, or one of the World Book that my Nana used to sell as a door-to-door encyclopedia saleswoman (actually, that probably explains a lot about me).
If you’re new to Mel Had Tea, here are a few posts to get you started:
- How to Become a Certified Tea Sommelier
- The Tea House Challenge at Lake Louise
- 36 Hours in Sarajevo
- Six Types of Tea and How to Brew Them
- Getting a UK Youth Mobility Visa for Canadians
- Fresh Matcha at O’Sulloc Tea Museum on Jeju Island, South Korea
- How to Taste Tea Like a Tea Sommelier
Now, I try as best as I can to write about the amazing world around us.
Tea has always been a comfort to me—it steeped by my bedside as I wrote my undergrad English exams, got me through James Joyce’s Ulysses (well, halfway through), and has always been a warm companion.
As I grew, I realized tea also united my passions of travel, history, culture, and societies. The story of tea is a story of people, or colonialism, of a quest for deliciousness, of tradition, and many more things.
I’ve always been restless. On my mother’s side, my Opa was a travelling bandleader who played shows from Siberia to Korea to Canada’s northern communities, after emigrating from Holland in the ’60s. My second cousin on my Dad’s side is an astronaut. I guess you could say the urge to wander seems to run in the family.
So far I’ve gotten myself to more than 15 countries on three continents. I’ve studied abroad in Germany and Japan, been an intern abroad for the CBC in London, driven across North America in a van, woken up at 3 A.M. to chant with Buddhist monks in South Korea, volunteered for an NGO in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and more.
I speak German, Japanese, and French. I’m not too bad at English either, and have a Master’s in Journalism.
In my spare time, I’m either practicing shotokan karate, learning new languages, reading all the books, or trying new teas.
I’m married to the loveliest guy from Labrador, and we live with our two cats (Taters and Trout) in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, in an apartment with a whole lot of books, tea, and books about tea.
How did Mel Had Tea start?
I started blogging on Tumblr in 2012 while I was a foreign exchange student in Japan. While I used to blog just to share my experiences with family and friends, I quickly fell in love with hititng ‘publish.’
In 2015 I launched Mel Had Tea, a mix of personal anecdotes with helpful tea and travel guides.
What I believe
Traveling through many countries not my own, sharing lots of tea, and meeting people along the way, has shown me the world isn’t as scary as the news might have you think. Instead, travel can foster cross-cultural friendships that I genuinely believe makes the world a better place. Furthermore, you can find good times both sitting with a couple of cold beers in the middle of nowhere, or during high tea in upscale London.
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