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about clair thé

Thanks for visiting clair thé! My name is Claire. My love for tea goes back to my early years in France and continues here in Atlanta, my adopted home of two decades. It is time to bring my passion for tea to Atlanta and beyond. 

While spending a few years in Toronto, I had the chance to pursue my tea sommelier education at George Brown College. This program helped me discover the exciting breadth of tea knowledge across the centuries. I also grew enamored of the human connections that tea creates around the world.

 

There's nothing I love more than to travel to tea-producing regions, discover the terroirs, and meet the people behind my favorite teas. I believe that these connections, along with the cultural context of each region, truly combine to create the unique taste and character of each tea. My travels took me to Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam and I continue to follow the trade and trends at conferences and festivals.

For me, tea represents purity and harmony. It helps me be mindful and to take the time to enjoy the beauty of nature and life. In essence, tea brings me clarity- hence the name clair thé (a play on clarté, clarity in French). Nature plays a big part in my appreciation of tea. Each cup of tea nourishes me because it contains the five elements of nature. You can find the elements of earth, water, and air in the clair thé logo. 

 

In the name of clarity, I only offer teas with natural ingredients, many of which originate from organic and natural cultivation and are single-estate. Ethical standards and the desire to foster strong communities are important to me.