Meet Mel
Hi there!

Tea Sommelier & Blogger

Mel Hattie is a globetrotting Canadian photographer and writer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Launched in July of 2015, Mel Had Tea is a journal exploring what it means to live a rewarding, creative life, and a record of personal growth drawn from the pursuit of understanding the world through tea, travel, art, literature, conversation, food, and experience.

Mel’s adventures over the years have included her journey in tea and becoming a certified tea sommelier, living on a tea farm, working for the CBC in the UK, documenting NGO work in Bosnia and Herzegovina, learning German and Japanese, waking up at 3 am to chant with monks, being on a reality TV show, navigating anxiety, getting married, and more.

Having had the privilege of travelling for study, work, and leisure, Mel is inspired by the potential for international experiences to foster global citizenship, grow empathy, and inspire transformative friendships that transcend borders.

Who needs to speak the same language when you can share a cup of tea?

Mel has a unique view of making a living as a creative, having worked for almost a decade in content creation as a freelancer, agency-side and in-house. She’s worked on everything from large commercial projects to personal artistic endeavours.

Mel has a BA in English Culture and Media from Bishop’s University and an MJ from the University of King’s College.

b. 1990 Halifax, NS

Fast Facts

01.

ASTROLOGICAL SIGN

Taurus Sun, Sagittarius Rising

02.

PASSION

Seeking truth.

03.

BREAKFAST OF CHOICE

Savoury: Toasted sourdough with avocado, egg, and fried tomatoes.
Sweet: Oatmeal with dark chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas.

04.

DREAM TALENT

Singing and writing like Lorde, Regina Spektor, Amanda Palmer, Janelle Monae, Florence Welch.

05.

DREAM VACATION

A writing cabin of some kind, no wifi, a pile of books, the knowledge theat no one is looking for me, delicious food. Every few days, an unexpected friend would show up for a visit.

06.

WEAKNESSES

Book stores, tea shops, wine, bath bombs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Inaction.

07.

TALENT

Making pancakes. Learning languages.

08.

BAD HABIT

Hair twirling.

09.

STRENGTH

Listening. Paying attention.

Press, Accolades, Speaking