There’s little I love more than hearing stories of Australian women following their passions and creating beautiful new enterprises. Even better? Chatting with one such Goddess over a luxurious cup of 100% certified organic tea. Naturally, when I had the opportunity recently to interview Tessa Bontempo, founder of The Seventh Duchess Tea Co., I jumped at the chance.
There’s little I love more than hearing stories of Australian women following their passions and creating beautiful new enterprises.
Chatting with one such Goddess over a luxurious cup of 100% certified organic tea.
Naturally, when I had the opportunity recently to interview Tessa Bontempo, founder of The Seventh Duchess Tea Co., I jumped at the chance.
When did your love of tea begin and how did it spark the desire to begin your own tea company?
I have loved the ritual, experience and rich history of tea drinking for many, many years now! I love tea! It’s good for the mind, good for the body, and connects the modern and old.
However, I come to realise there was something missing in the Australian market. I wanted to create a refined range of teas that lauded the history and tradition side of tea, but at home within a contemporary, modern life free from artificial colour and flavour. This inspired me to spend a year travelling the world learning about the art of tea, and the various tea rituals of different cultures.
I truly believe that we all deserve a little luxury in every day, because life should be all about the little pleasures!
Have you always had the entrepreneurial spirit of adventure or is it a more recent development?
Yeah, I really have! Entrepreneurship runs in the family! So, I never really thought anything different and I always wanted to achieve things for myself. In fact, I remember in year nine I told my economics teacher I was going to be an entrepreneur and he laughed at me!
What’s the best thing about rocking your own biz?
I love being able to control my own destiny, challenge myself and follow my passion!
Being a soulpreneur is damn hard work. How do you practice self-love and self-care to ensure your sparkle doesn’t fade?
I like to start my mornings with yoga, and tea (naturally). I also ensure I always spend a few moments for myself each day, for instance, I like to find a calm and relaxing space to take 10-20 minutes to myself. It helps me de-stress and breathe. If I’m having a particularly difficult day, I’ll make sure I drink our Peace Organic Relaxation tea. It really does wonders to the mind, body and soul!
What’s got your toes tingling with excitement right now?
We’re currently working on a new product which will be a summer inspired blend. Something you can drink warm when you’ve got the winter blues, taking you to a place where the sun shines on your face, or you can drink iced to refresh your body during the warmer months. It’s set to launch in September, and I cannot wait!
What’s your favourite iced tea recipe?
I absolutely love Hibiscus Coconut Iced Tea! It’s really good for your body, and tastes absolutely delicious (win win!).
Want to WIN your very own collection of tea from The Seventh Duchess?
To win a prize pack containing four varieties from the delicious new Apothecary range, simply comment below and tell us:
What’s your favourite tea ritual and why?
Entries close Midnight AWST Wednesday 30th July. The winner will be chosen at random and notified by email on Thursday 31st July.
The winner must be a current VeganSparkles.com subscriber. Click here to join us if you haven’t already (it’s free + you’ll score yourself a bonus Sparkle Experiment eBook gift!).