I remember waking each morning seeing my grandmother, Ella begin her busy day as an entrepreneur with the ritual of yoga, tea and toast. As I grew up and into my own career, traveling across the country and the globe managing the life of a public figure, I always found a place to have a quiet cup of tea. And I found that where there was tea there was laughter. Where there was tea, there was intellectual stimulation. Where there was tea, often there was a sense of delight and contentment. I began studying tea, its history, and the many social traditions that grew from the drink: the Ladies Tea, the Afternoon Tea, and, of course, the beloved children’s tea party. I delighted in tea's traditions on a daily basis, as millions of people around the world do every day. But I craved a more fresh and modern experience. In 2003, during a business trip to Boston, I sensed for the first time that having my tea and drinking it too was, in fact, possible when I stumbled upon a unique, contemporary tea bar on Newbury Street. The environment, the energy, and the well prepared cup was everything I had dreamed of and nothing I had ever experienced. It was a vibrant tea lounge full of people who would rather 'Sip & Savor' than Starbucks & Dash. The energy was infectious and I was inspired! I walked out of that trendy little tea spot, motivated to recreate that feeling for myself and others through my own company. And so Naja Tea was born.
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