Hello, I’m Lisa, and I wish you a warm welcome to my site. I am delighted that you are interested in tea because it is something I love with a passion.
A little background
My grandmother was the most avid tea drinker. A resident of the East End of London during the Second World War, she experienced food rationing and was bombed out of her home three times. She swapped her sugar rations for tea rations and always claimed that tea won the war. I’m not entirely sure she was right about that but I was raised to believe in the power of a cup of tea to improve any situation.
Therefore I was raised on tea: she put it in my bottle as a baby (she also gave it to the dog to drink) and I’ve never known anything other than drinking tea all day. Every day I drink at least six cups of black tea with no milk or sugar. I also usually drink green tea every day, along with oolong, matcha, yerba mate and herbal tisanes.
My first (Bachelor’s) degree was in Mathematics and at the beginning of my working life, I was a civil servant, crunching numbers and writing statistical reports for the UK government. However, I’d always been fascinated by medicine so leaned more and more towards projects with a health focus. After six years I decided to do a Master’s degree in Nutritional Biochemistry and then worked as a university research assistant for another six years, mainly focused on the vital role vitamin D plays in maternal and neonatal health. Increasingly I found the most satisfaction in teaching, so I trained to be a teacher and that is still my day job: teaching Biology and Mathematics to teenagers aged 16 – 19. I’ve just started my tenth year in teaching and still enjoy (nearly) every minute of it.
As a teacher, I love to find, distill and pass on knowledge in a way that is understandable and relatable. As a Biology teacher, I cover environmental issues with my students and I’m increasingly concerned with my impact on the planet. So my goals with this site are:
- to provide a place where everyone can learn about tea in all its forms, its history and its cultural aspects;
- to provide a source of reliable, evidence-based information about tea’s potential health benefits;
- to consider how we can enjoy tea in an environmentally responsible, ethical and sustainable way;
- to share my love of all things tea: recipes, products, books;
- to make it easier for people all over the world to find and drink the very best tea.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be more than happy to try to help you.
All the best,