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Daniela from Tea Cachai wants people ‘to fall in love with tea’

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Daniela from the tea blog Tea Cachai fell in love with tea after drinking Chinese green tea after high school. She wants to spread tea all around the world. “I do a lot of tea recipes trying to reach people who aren’t necessarily too much into tea, but will hopefully be ‘converted’ to being tea lovers by trying out new recipes and getting excited by tea’s many possibilities.

Who are you and what do you do within the ‘tea business’?
My name is Daniela and I’m a certified Tea Sommelier and tea blogger at Tea Cachai. I also do online tea workshops.

When did your passion for tea start?
As a child, tea was always available at home and I always drank it because I never liked coffee. I have memories of drinking tea (very generic black tea bags) with lemon and sugar regularly. After high school, somebody introduced me to green tea, so I tried a very bad quality Chinese green tea in a teabag and I loved it! It opened my eyes to realize there might be a lot more where that came from, so my tea exploration began, but unfortunately, where I lived, there wasn’t too much of a variety available. After that, on every trip I went, I searched for new tea and tea shops so I could try new teas and learn more about it. After a few years of exploring, I knew I wanted to study more and learn everything I could about tea.

What is a nice tea fact that most people don’t know?
I love blending and I’m very much into herbalism. I do lots of herbal blends and share them with friends.

What is your favorite tea and why?
This is officially the hardest question that you can ask any tea lover. It is virtually impossible to choose 1. My preferences change through the years, seasons, time of the day, mood, etc. For example, I never used to care about black tea much but now I drink it a lot. If I were to choose just 1 tea, I’d maybe narrow it down to a tea type- Oolong, because of its wide range of flavors. I love lighter Taiwanese Oolong in the warmer months and Chinese dark roasted Oolong in the colder months.

What is your goal with your blog?
I want to spread my love for tea and make people fall in love with tea too. I do a lot of tea recipes trying to reach people who aren’t necessarily too much into tea, but will hopefully be ‘converted’ to being tea lovers by trying out new recipes and getting excited by tea’s many possibilities. I also share articles and educational posts about tea so people can learn more about it. I think my main goal is to make people really excited about tea and eager to learn more about it and try different varieties of it.

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