TeaHaus: Our Beginning
After a "short backpacking trip" through Europe that turned into a 14-year residency in Germany and Sweden, Lisa McDonald returned to the U.S. with her husband, Marc Hewko (an Ann Arborite she met in Germany), to start a family.
After a few months, though, she began to miss the high-quality loose tea available in any European village she visited, so she decided to open a tea store of her own. After much research and tea sommelier training, Lisa chose to work with German tea companies, known to have the strictest quality control in the world.
When her children, Tim and Andrew, were 2 years old and 5 days (yes, days!) old, TeaHaus opened for business.
After several years, TeaHaus expanded, opening the ever-popular Tea Room/Café. In 2017, sister business Eat More Tea debuted, with tea-based culinary spice blends and other tea-based products. In December 2017, TeaHaus celebrated our 10th anniversary.
Today, at our 15th anniversary, TeaHaus is reopen after extensive renovations—with a focus on fostering reconnection and recapturing the "third space." Rather than wifi, TeaHaus offers books, games, puzzles, and so on, along with various seating options that encourage conversation and interaction. In addition, TeaHaus now has cocktails, non-alcoholic cocktails, and beer on tap—all infused with tea!—along with a limited selection of other alcoholic drinks and plenty of tempting Haus-made pastries, savories, and snacks.
Our Eat More Tea location (around the corner from TeaHaus) offers an elegant private event space that is available for public and private gatherings.
Lisa also is fully committed to helping our community in whatever way possible. The day the pandemic closed Michigan in 2020, she pivoted to making free meals—and continues to do so. She was one of the local female business owners featured in The Portrait Project by eCommerce, which highlights contributions to the community during the pandemic; read more here.
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Tea For Dummies
In 2022, Lisa and Jill were asked to write Tea for Dummies, which is now available. Ideal for anyone curious about tea, this book explores tea types, brewing, caffeine, health claims, traditions, the tea industry, using tea in the kitchen, tea cocktails, and more!
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Listen to Lisa's January 2018 interview with Food Bloggers Association and interview for EMU's Hidden in Plain Sight series to learn what it means to be a tea sommelier and to find out more about TeaHaus and Eat More Tea.
Read about the importance of making tea together, and why it's good for your entire family!
Eat More Tea won the "New Product Innovation Showcase Award" at the 2018 World Tea Expo, and "Best Tea Culinary/Craft Application" at the World Tea Virtual Expo 2020! Read Lisa's essay included in the 2021 World Tea Conference + Expo white paper that address the role that tea can play in the bar and restaurant communities.
Our mission at TeaHaus is to provide experience and education along with the highest-quality tea available on the market.
For more information/questions about TeaHaus, or if you are an establishment interested in wholesale, please contact us at: Lisa@TeaHaus.com