When I moved to Lausanne I met Valerie, by coincidence. I have got to known her better for the past months, as well as her big passion for Tea. I have a big admiration for Valerie – her hard work, creativity, simplicity, and mainly the fact her life is lead by her passion. Thank you for your example!
Tekoe is a great concept with simple lines and high quality Tea – from plain Teas as Sencha, Houjicha, Darjeeling, Assam; to the most well known blends like English Breakfast, Earl Grey; and also, their own (amazing) creative blends! You can be sure that at Tekoe you will be very well welcomed by all the great staff.
In this interview you get to know a little bit more about Valerie and Tekoe. Enjoy!
M&T. When and how did you begin your Tea journey? I began my tea journey a long time ago, when I was 16 and I had been offered a cup of tea with a beautiful loose leaf tea. I had never tried before. It was magic. I never drank coffee.
M&T. What can you tell us about Tekoe? Tekoe is a concept of new, modern and urban tea bars and tea shops. It is a place where you can discover the best teas of the world and original blends. A place where you can have a tea at any time.
M&T. How do you explain the path to your success? Passion, hard work, honnesty and quality. I think because of the quality of the tea and all the “heart” we put in our tea selection and tea blends, plus our ethics for business, people really like our tea shops and the service we have. It has been a lot of work but it’s a beautiful human adventure. The original and unique blends we create are also a key in our success. Being creative is something important for us and we are trying to “amaze and surprise” our clients every day with new ideas.
M&T. What has been Tekoe’s best achievement? To have people come to our shops saying “I had no idea what a good tea was before I tried yours”. To have clients who never drank tea before and now are drinking tea every day. Including young people. To give people the possibility to have a good and healthy beverage in their daily life and still having “fun” while discovering new teas.
M&T. What do you want people to feel when they drink a Tekoe cup of Tea? Emotions! Peace, well-being, escape and indulgence.
M&T. Which has been the most wonderful Tea plantation you have ever been? It’s difficult to say because usually the plantation area in the high mountains are all gorgeous. It’s a breathtaking and peaceful landscape and it’s a real pleasure to share the passion of people who work in the tea plantations. I have a sincere and deep respect for them. They are part of the landscape.
The Darjeeling plantations are amazing with the Himmalyan chain in the background, but Sri Lanka, Fujian, Yunnan, Shizuoka are also beautiful and many others.
M&T. Can you describe how Tea makes you feel in one word? A good cup of Tea makes me feel at peace.
M&T. Do you have a Favourite Tea? NO, I don’t have only one favourite tea…I love Gyokuro, Maofengs, Dragon Pearls, Yunnan, Qimen, Ceylan, Darjeelings…etc. Depends on my mood, the time of the day, the season. This is what I love about tea. The diversity is so rich that you can always find a tea for yourself. I rarely drink flavoured teas. I prefer genuine teas.
M&T. What is a perfect cup of Tea? The one that gives you pleasure and emotions.
For more information abou Tekoe, please check their website: http://www.tekoe.com/
Happy Tea Break,