Wang Shuai, (Lionel), an international tea merchant at China’s largest tea company for seven years moved to Seattle in 2014 to pursue an MBA at the University of Washington. Lionel was raised in rural China where at a young age he quickly built a deep bond with the ‘magic crop’s liquor’, tea! This lifelong affair with everything tea still drives Lionel in his pursuit of chasing the best tea sources to deliver both ancient traditional brews as well as creating enticing new blends.
Lionel spent much time visiting, and learning from, many tea farmers spread across China’s major tea producing regions. He was invited to work with many growers and processors striving to improve the art of selecting and preparing the finest tea to supply global tea distributors. Lionel yearns for the opportunity to return to the tea industry. Meanwhile, he loves to share this unique knowledge and offer tea drinkers around the world a glimpse into understanding Chinese tea as only an insider can offer.