Mel Hattie is an East Coast-based creative, tea sommelier, and content consultant with extensive experience in the travel and hospitality industry. Mel has studied abroad in Germany, the U.K., and Japan; 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. Her thirst for adventure is rivalled only by her thirst for tea, and books.
During her journeys, she realized tea blended her love of food, culture, language, history, and travel. It’s been a lens and given her the opportunity to make friends with people from all over the world. Who needs to speak the same language when you can share a cup of tea?
For more than 5 years Mel has worked as a wordsmith, strategist, and photographer, crafting content strategies and editorial calendars from the ground up; creating work that lives across the
In addition to running Mel Had Tea, Mel works as a Digital Content specialist and creates award-winning content strategies, marketing, and digital solutions for nationally renowned brands. She has worked abroad in the U.K. and
As a blogger, she’s worked with brands such as Expedia, GoOverseas, and Shoppers Drug Mart. Her journalism and photography work has been published in Roads & Kingdoms, the CBC, The Coast, and Photographers Without Borders.
Mel lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with her husband, Rob Tracey of Labrador, and their sweet calico cats, Taters and Trout. When not working, you’ll find her indulging her passions by reading books, hiking in the woods, admiring typography, or practicing her karate moves.
Master’s in Journalism
University of King’s College
B.A. English Media & Creative Writing
TAC Tea Sommelier®
Tea Association of Canada
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
Mel Had Tea is a blog that explores tea and travel culture around the world. Mel Had Tea was created in late 2012 as a Tumblr blog while Mel was studying as an exchange student in Yamaguchi, Japan, as a way to share her stories abroad. The name “Mel Had Tea” is a play on Mel Hattie, derived from her love of tea, sense of humour, and the fact that when she originally signed up for Twitter—her name was unavailable as a handle.
Mel Had Tea has articles, guides, and insights related to travelling and working abroad, being a tea sommelier, photography, writing, and entrepreneurship. Mel writes for an audience of passionate and headstrong young women because every woman deserves to follow a path of her own making. Step by step.
Mel Had Tea Studio is located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. In addition to content for Mel Had Tea, Mel runs a content production shop, telling epic stories, offering editorial consulting, and creating timeless imagery for brands and creatives. Mel offers storytelling, re-positioning, and content strategy for a multi-channel environment. She combines her traditional editorial background with a keen sense for digital—she can help with telling, writing unique web experiences, and finding your voice.
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Halifax Beverage Expo
Photographers Without Borders
Ambition & Balance
CBC World News
Photographers Without Borders
National Geographic Daily Dozen
College Photographer of the Year