With her passionate blog about tea, Tea For Me Please, Nicole Wilson from the United States won the Word Tea Award for Best Tea Blog in 2018. Her mission? “To help others learn more about tea in an approachable way. This is important because loose leaf tea is still new to many people.”
Who are you and what do you do within the ‘tea business’?I have been writing about tea on my blog Tea for Me Please for a little over 12 years. I review teas and tea-related products, but I also share educational articles to help my readers learn about tea. In 2018, I won the World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog. Beyond my writing, I also provide freelance consulting services for the tea industry. My specialties are social media management and content creation.
When did your passion for tea start?
I grew up drinking tea at home nearly every day. Back then, it was just a black tea bag with lots of milk and sugar. I started exploring further while attending college and was completely blown away by how many tea varieties there are. It quickly became a passion that drove me to try to learn as much as I possibly could.
What is a nice tea fact that most people don’t know?
It’s probably the simplest one, but I find that many people have no idea that tea is a specific species of plant, Camellia Sinensis. They are always fascinated and surprised when I explain that the different tea types are primarily determined by how the leaves are processed.
What is your favorite tea and why?
That’s a tough question. I usually cheat and say oolong because it is such a broad category. You can find every flavor, ranging from green and floral to dark and roasty. I really do love all tea, though! One of my favorite things about what I do is getting to try new and unusual teas from different origins.
What is your goal with your blog?
My goal is to help others learn more about tea in an approachable way. This is important because loose leaf tea is still new to many people, especially where I live in the United States. I also hope to use my platform to help promote small businesses and tea producers.