Speaker: Ashley Hoekstra, Satsuma Tea
Presentation: Foundations of Tea: The 6 Classes of Tea
Summary: Learn the differences between the 6 classes of tea by using your senses. You will also learn some of the basic terminology for tea classification and which countries are currently producing each class.
Bio: Ashley currently works with Satsuma Tea, a wholesale tea business providing Chai Concentrate and Whole Leaf Tea to coffee shops and restaurants in Arizona. In her spare time, she also runs Phoenix Tea, an online group of tea enthusiasts in Arizona with quarterly meet ups.
In her past life, Ashley was the Corporate Educator for Teavana and Starbucks, responsible for the training and development of employees and managers in 74 retail locations in North America. Since 2006, she has worked with and owned several tea companies. Maybe most important though, Ashley is a passionate tea drinker, like most people in the tea industry!