Hey, I'm Mel!
I'm a tea sommelier, an adventurer, a language lover, and a photographer! I love finding new ways of seeing the world. Chasing an unconventional life inspires me. In my writing here I'm pursuing to be as raw and honest as possible. I'm goofy, sarcastic, and straightforward. I want to make you feel comfortable so you can sit down with a cup of tea and chat like we're family. Welcome to my corner of the internet.
Tea February 27, 2018 6 Great Places to Drink Tea in Portland, Oregon Although Portland is known as a popular pilgrimage place for coffee enthusiasts, this weird, Bigfoot and alien-loving, farm-to-table, artisan-friendly, rose-growing paradise also houses some very fine... Tea February 22, 2018 How to Become a Certified Tea Sommelier Tea sommeliers are the new wine sommeliers. Tea sommelier classes and certification programs are popping up all over the globe as tea drinking enjoys a surge in popularity. Some love tea as a healthy ... Tea Events February 12, 2018 Toronto Tea Festival Highlights During the first weekend in February I found myself at the Toronto Tea Festival for the first time. It's Canada's largest tea festival and in its sixth year running. Over the weekend I caught up with ... Tea Reviews December 12, 2017 Teabook Travel Tea Tumbler Review As a tea-loving traveler on the road, I’m always looking for better ways to take tea with me on the go. The biggest problems with making portable tea is that most teas become bitter as they sit in wat... Tea Reviews December 10, 2017 Sweet and Rare, Unicorn Japanese Black Tea from World Tea House Okay, while not actually made of unicorns, this mellow and sweet Japanese black tea is only slightly less rare. Did you know almost all tea produced in Japan is green tea? That includes sencha, gyokur... Tea Reviews December 5, 2017 Kenyan Purple Tea from JusTea Beverages This year a curious new tea has made its way from Kenya into the cups of tea lovers around the world—purple tea. I wanted to experiment myself and so got my hands on some Purple Mint and Whole Purple ... Tea Reviews November 13, 2017 Environmental Commitment with Arbor Teas Here's one I've held on to for a while! I received some samples from Arbor Teas in Michigan. They caught my eye not only because of their tea selection, but also their dedication to the environmental ...