KAREN HARTWICK is a tea sommelier: a rigorous designation from the Specialty Tea Institute in New York, comparable to that of a wine sommelier, and much more rare. She created Tea Leaves in 2001 because she has a passion to make fine tea accessible and infuse people’s lives with the moments of serenity and wellness that the rich and varied world of tea can provide.

TEA LEAVES TEA TASTING BAR
Wednesday to Saturday,
11am to 5pm, or by appointment

433 Erie Street, Stratford,
Ontario, Canada N5A 2N3

1-800-733-0376 (toll-free)
519-273-1201 (local)

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Would you like a simple, convenient way to enhance and excite your guests’ experience of your hospitality? I help restaurateurs, hoteliers, event planners and club and spa owners achieve that with customized loose-leaf tea menus. And I guarantee extraordinary quality.


YOUR CUSTOMERS ARE READY FOR SOMETHING NEW

While consumer palates have become more and more attuned to quality and discerning of unique character (e.g. coffees, wines, micro-brews, whiskeys and even cigars) the public is only slightly aware of the depth of sophistication, richness in history and variety of expression offered by the world of fine teas.


Also, health and wellness continues to rise as a consumer priority: people are putting much more thought into what they eat and drink, their need for fitness strategies, concerns about the environment, toxicity, and so on. Tea is a simple, yet often-overlooked, beverage alternative that’s both pleasurable and beneficial. One easily incorporated into your offerings.


TELL ME ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS AND CUSTOMERS

Just as food and wine pairing is an important menu consideration and opportunity to enhance your guests’ perception and experience, so your own private tea blends, private labeling and custom tea menu will make a fresh impression at an attractive price point.


As a certified tea sommelier, accredited by the Specialty Tea Institute in New York, I can add intriguing alternatives to your beverage program by expertly matching the world’s finest loose-leaf teas to your food menu and ambience. Including rare teas that are difficult to get a hold of.


A CUSTOM TEA MENU OR PRIVATE LABEL OF YOUR OWN

My company, TEA LEAVES, is Canada’s leading purveyor of fine teas. I’ll draw from a range of a hundred teas and tea experiences, from introductory to exotic, and design a customized tea program that complements your business vision. I’ll supply your teas. I’ll even train your staff!


WHOLESALE PURCHASING

For other retail businesses, such as tea shops, specialty food stores and general gift shops, I offer wholesale accounts and Tea Leaves branded products. Call me for ideas and details on how simple and attractive it is to add fine tea to your product lines.


Click here to contact me and we’ll chat about how TEA LEAVES SOMMELIER SERVICES can add an exciting new dimension to your beverage program.