Noli Ergas never really "got into" tea; it just sort of grew on him. While living in Japan, he became accustomed to both the standard daily teas (sencha, genmaicha, mugicha, etc.) and the traditional tea of Japanese tea ceremony (matcha). Daily habit grew into interest which grew into passion. Now, he is one of the few outside of Japan certified as a Japanese Tea Advisor by the Japanese Tea Instructor Association.