The peaceful Way of Tea often leads to great adventures in unexpected places! With 14 years of experience in retail and wholesale, Suzette Hammond is known as one of the most passionate, engaged and creative educators in the global tea industry.
Suzette is the founder of Being Tea – an independent consultancy for interactive training, customized workshops, program development, quality assessment and hands-on tea mentorship. She works with clients across the United States, Europe and the Middle East, including importers, wholesalers, retailers, fine restaurants, coffee roasters, culinary / beverage management and industry trade groups. Prior to tea, her original background and training is in journalism.
Suzette is also the Education Director for Tea Journey Magazine, serves on the Advisory Board for the World Tea Academy, teaches regularly for World Tea Expo, and serves as a judge for the Global Tea Championship. She has been proudly participating at the Northwest Tea Festival since its very first year! When not on the road traveling with tea, Suzette resides in Chicago, where she also leads tea meditation, ceremony and mindfulness workshops at studios and regional festivals.