Developing a Passion for Tea & People
Dezerai Seitzer, Owner/Founder
Tea became a part of my life quite unexpectedly. While I have childhood memories of the one-off high tea birthday parties, and church womens’ events, tea was something I associated with old ladies and a forgotten time. Everyone in my family drank coffee, but having never enjoyed any of the coffees I tasted upon arriving at college, I began seeking alternative sources of caffeine to fuel my late night studies. At a local coffee shop a few blocks from campus, I discovered a loose-leaf black vanilla tea that became the basis of my tea addiction.
As I branched out from my sacred vanilla black and tried other flavors, I began to discover the innumerable delights and subtleties of each new flavor I tried. My curiosity about tea and its origins began to grow. Motivated by my passion, I began researching tea, seeking out tea houses and educating myself on all things tea related. A few years after graduating college, I spent time working in a tea house which offered me further insight into teas; and more importantly what customers liked and why. It was after working at this tea house that I began thinking about how I could work tea into my future business plans.
This passion has taken me on tea adventures all over the world. I've learned that drinking tea is a common thread that connects people, cultures, and traditions all over the world. Whether it's a cup of tea enjoyed in a cold misty mountain monastery with monks, or in the sweltering heat of the Fijian islands on a bamboo floor mat; tea is a universal language, uniting old friends, and inviting new friends. But before I ever experienced that first sip of Vanilla tea, I had an experience that would permeate my life in even deeper ways...
At the age of 15, I participated in my first overseas volunteer trip. Having been raised in an affluent, small town, it was astonishing to see such poverty and basic needs with my own eyes. Needs which could be easily met through small amounts of money and people willing to donate their time. A fire was lit in my heart, and I made an internal commitment to always seek ways to help people on whatever level I could. Many times, that meant participating in fundraisers, other times making donations or purchases which made a difference, but most importantly learning to understand people no matter their culture or background. Since that first trip, I have traveled extensively volunteering with non-profit organizations and learning about cultures and needs around the globe. It is from these experiences that I have chosen my first 3 non-profit recipients. I have seen and/or participated in their work first hand and know the impact they are making on the world.
Global Teas combines my passion for good tea with my passion for helping change people's lives.
By offering people the opportunity to give back through the purchase of tea, I hope to turn the small amount of money I can donate as an individual each year, into the collective power of money from people all across the US. Small acts, when done by many, can change the world.