Whether she’s on a family vacation or visiting a tea plantation; teAlchemy founder Lynda Budd is a frequent flyer.
The pictures below are from Lynda’s visit to one of the amazing markets in Île de Ré on the west coast of France. During the few weeks of Lynda’s stay, everyday started with a freshly brewed cup of Sencha green tea before she’d walk down to see the market open up every morning with the day’s freshest catches, fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, spices, olives and all sorts of baked goods. One of the most impressive things Lynda remembers is this massive fish that would be brought in daily by the fishermen and cut up into steaks; by noon they would be totally sold-out but fear not for it would arrive again the next day in the same fashion. It really makes one wonder as to why they are not as common in North America (though the winter months probably would put a damper on things).
It was also here that Lynda came across cylinders that would inspire the packaging and design for teAlchemy’s tea rub. The abundance of different hummus options (from lemon, olive, eggplants, tomato to basil) inspired us to experiment with our matcha and rooibos tea powders to create our own hummus variations.
And while France is predominantly a coffee-drinking country, it didn’t stop Lynda from drinking tea – she discovered that French presses also make a good cup of tea.