Last week, I enjoyed some tea & toast and thought, I gotta talk about the gal behind Tea & Toast, Co. at Desoto Central Market and Teaspressa, she’s so adorable!
Wait for it – I know, we kinda look alike, more than one person has told me that, so I’m just telling you now, it’s not me but I’m flattered because she’s totally adorable.
I met Allison at a hosted blogging earlier this year and fell in love with her drinks – a unique blend of tea with milk – a Teaspressa! I also adored her bubbly happy personality that I knew I had to be friends with her, and have her pop up at the baby girl backyard shower I was co-hosting. Because I adore her to pieces, I knew you would too. Meet Allison of Teaspressa – whether you live in Phoenix or not, you’ll soon be able to get a taste!
You mentioned living in New York and modeling, give me a little background story and how you ended up in Phoenix.
I was born in Germany! Proud Air Force kid and loved growing up around the world, the US, but stayed in Phoenix the longest which is now considered home. I have always had my eye on the Big Apple so took a bite at it and tried several things of my interests!
How did this tea – espresso idea come to fruition?
Well I LOVE espresso because of all the fun things you can do with it like latte art for example! I appreciated the tradition and health functions of tea however it wasn’t my first choice because of the lack of flexibility it had and the rich qualities I craved in a classic cup of coffee. Why not marry the two? Now we have this beautiful child called Teaspressa that stole all the great qualities such as taste, health benefits, body, similar caffeination levels and the fun latte art factor!
How is a Teaspressa drink made?
The tea undergoes a deep extraction process that makes for a shot of highly concentrated tea, teaspresso. Then like espresso, you add milk or water to create gourmet coffee beverages such as lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos, or americanos!
What’s is your most requested drink(s)?
My most popular drink so far is in between the Manhattan Black Rose Latte and the London Fog. The Manhattan Black Rose features my Manhattan Black tea blend with a hint of rose that is bold yet softened by the fresh floral notes. The London Fog features my Charles Grey blend with French Vanilla and a hint of Lavender, a complex mixture of flavors however it blends beautifully on the taste palette.
What advice would you give to a woman who wants to run her own business (any business)?
Make short and long terms goals and most importantly do it. Everyone can have an idea but it takes real burning desire to actually accomplish what you envision. Of course it may seem overwhelming at first, but just setting small goals along the journey will come a long way.
Where can we find you in Phoenix?
You can find my teas around the clock at Tea And Toast in DeSoto Central Market and frequently at Saturday Markets in Phoenix Public Market. You’ll also see me visiting stores as well as homes around the valley for special events such as shopping events, spa days, baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays, etc. Pop up shops are definitely my passion! I love custom tailoring to every event!
How can those outside in Phoenix get a taste?
Soon I will be selling my tea blends and a method to recreate a Signature Teaspressa blend at home.
A mobile tea bike cart!
Drawing rendition by Pink Puddle Studio