For us at Tea at Henry’s, tea is all about memories.
Recollecting, evoking, creating and sharing memories.
Lisa is a Certified Tea Master with the Australian Tea Masters, the leading organisation for tea training and tea education in Australia. She is also a Certified Tea Blender with the Australian Tea Masters. Finding ways to allow others to experience the beauty and serenity that comes from tea has been a longstanding passion for Lisa. It is her hope that Tea at Henry’s will provide a place for others to recollect, evoke, create and share memories with family and friends through tea.
GRADUATE OF THE IGNITE PROGRAM:
OUR TEA STORY
My earliest memory of drinking tea is as a child. I was probably around 6 years old. We would visit my grandparents in the evening on a weekend and strong black tea was served to everyone from a big teapot (tea cosy and all), sometimes in mugs and sometimes in mismatched teacups. I remember lots of sugar and milk and Sao biscuits with grated cheese and tomato. I also remember as a kid drinking the tea dregs from the flask of tea that my dear late Dad would take to work with him. What was left at the end of the day was dark, over brewed and very sweet … but I loved it. As a young adult I must have made hundreds of cups of tea for my Dad while he was building the backyard shed. It drove me nuts then… but how I would love to be able to make him a cup of our Tea at Henry’s tea today. There is so much that I would share with him.
Tea was also a big part of my daily routine when I was studying at Uni. If it wasn’t for the shared pot (that is all we could afford) of a dark smoky brew at the Uni café with a lovely friend, I don’t think I would have achieved half as much as I did.
For my Mum and I, tea is very special. It is always the first thing we do when we see each other. When my beautiful Mumma walks in the door, my first question is ‘would you like a cup of tea’? We’ve cried, we’ve laughed and we’ve celebrated over tea. But for me it is not just the habit of drinking tea that is special. It is the sense of ritual and calm and relaxation that comes with its preparation. Choosing the tea for the moment, finding the right pot, measuring the tea, heating the water to the correct temperature… often chatting along the way. Brewing the tea for the perfect amount of time, choosing the best cup to serve from. All of these things are such an important part of the process. And now we really enjoy the fun part, like preparing for a beautiful high tea, where the invitations are highly sought after, for our lovely family and friends. Making iced teas, matching teas to delicious sweet and savoury treats, playing host and enjoying the pleasure that comes from the experience that each of our guests have at our high tea.
Fortunately for me, becoming a Mumma to the sweetest boy that there will ever be has given me the space to explore ways to give life to my passion for tea..... To find ways to allow others to experience the beauty and serenity that comes from tea, together with the sense of connection that it encourages...... To allow others to recollect and evoke memories and to create and share memories with family and friends. It has allowed me to create our beautiful boutique online tea store, Tea at Henry’s. I have worked tirelessly to source and test beautiful single origin teas and tea blends. I have revealed my creative expression and passion for flavour through my own delicious tea blends and I have curated what I hope you will find is a stunning range of tea wares. I’d love for you to join me on the Tea at Henry’s tea and memory journey - to reconnect with old memories and create beautiful new ones, in your own life and the lives of those you love.