Lance is a native of Chicago and has had a lifelong affair with the city. He has always been a tea lover, as well as a coffee afficionado, and now his favorite Folgers has been displaced by our own Blood Orange herbal tea! Besides baseball and all things Fleetwood Mac, Lance's not-so-secret (anymore) passion is professional wrestling and writing about any and all bizarre pop culture happenings.
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Amanda Meyer - Tea Consultant
Amanda is new to the Windy City and loving every minute of it! Tea has been a staple of her pantry as long as she can remember, but it wasn't until she had the rare pleasure of experiencing a tea ceremony in Japan that she began to understand that there was much more to tea than what lie in a bag at the end of a string! Between cups of tea you will likely find Amanda pursuing her acting career and attending plays, obsessing over baby animals (especially sloths), expanding her yoga practice, and exploring Chicago. Her favorite tea changes by the hour, but she's a big fan of Silver Needle, Coconut Pouchong, Almond Oolong, and Sour Apple.
Diana Durkin - Tea Consultant
For Diana, growing up with a mother from the British Isles meant drinking lots of black tea, and growing up in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood meant exposure to many varieties of tea. It was classic Earl Grey and green tea with jasmine that first ignited her love for tea, and ever since then she has found herself frequently brewing, drinking and talking about tea. A background in anthropology gives Diana a particular interest in the cultural significances, artistic traditions, and historic medicinal associations with tea. As an artist, Diana has found tea an invaluable part of her work – both as a catalyst for creativity and as a material to work with when using ink or water-based paints. Rare is the topic that can tie together so many varied interests, but for Diana tea does just that. She is excited to continue her exploration and share a good cup with friends old and new.
Jonah Winston - Tea Consultant
Jonah is a new transplant to Chi-city having recently relocated to Chicago
from Indianapolis. Knowing nothing about tea, tea culture, or its
importance around the world until his roommate Amanda began forcing Adagio
tea samples into his hands, Jonah now considers himself to be a tea
afficianado; and challenges everyone he meets to drink at least one cup of
tea every single day! Iced tea being his preferred manner of drinking the
beverage, Jonah can be found most days sipping on an iced glass of Ali
Shan, Vanilla Green, Silver Needle, or Raspberry Patch. When he is not
enjoying the comforts of a nice cup of Adagio tea, Jonah can be found
either performing on one of Chicago's many stages or gazing up at the stars at the Adler Planetarium.
Jordan Nelson - Tea Consultant
Jordan came to the lovely city of Chicago out of high school to pursue his passion for filmmaking at Columbia College Chicago. Since then, tea has become his creative fuel, pushing Jordan to join the Adagio team as a Tea Consultant. While at his editing workstation, Jordan likes to enjoy a hot pot of the 'Masters' Collection' Formosa Ali Shan (best, green Oolong you'll ever taste). Jordan's interests include playing and writing music, spending time with friends, traveling, and professional spelunking in the deep caves of his mind.
Linda Wong - Tea Consultant
Linda our newest tea ambassador comes from a strong customer service background and is happy to serve. Before Adagio Teas entered her life and educated her on the proper ways of all things tea. She was drinking Chinese restaurant oolongs from the age of 5 and understanding tea as a tradition reserved only for big occasions in Chinese culture. Only recently she experienced her first Gong Fu Cha Ceremony with Pu'erh in Austin, Texas did she then realize that there is so much more to tea than what her family has taught her. Linda also enjoys painting, traveling, boardgames, music festivals, and animals of all kinds. Her favorite teas so far are the complex flavors of Pu'erh, Assam Harmony, Ali Shan and the ever so delicious Matcha.
Malissa Kenner - Tea Consultant
Leaving the Motor City for the Windy City, Malissa has long enjoyed a cup of tea wherever she's gone whether it be the Philippines, Japan, or the streets of Chicago. It's hard to exactly pinpoint what her favorite tea is, but if she was stuck on a dessert island with only 5 teas they would probably be: the 'Master's Collection: Yunnan Pu erh Gold', Sencha, Blood Orange, Golden Spring, and the Jasmine Phoenix Pearls. If she isn't at work you'll find Malissa teaching herself Japanese (come talk with her, she would love the practice!), pursuing her love of dance and music, or cooking delicious food. Always willing to learn more about tea and try new combinations, a day at Adagio is always something different and exciting.
Nicole Wong - Tea Consultant
Originally from California, Nicole moved to Chicago four years ago and has not regretted leaving LA's sunshine since! (Seriously - still amazed by snow.) In between sipping teas by the pot, Nicole can be found curiously exploring Chicago's neighborhoods to expand her cooking pantry. Her favorites include rooibos almond, most oolongs, and any and all jasmines! You can find her in Adagio's blending station trying to brew new, possibly exciting flavors.
Stacy Redhead - Tea Consultant
Stacy has always loved a good cup of tea, but since joining the Adagio family, she has discovered that a love for tea can turn into a passion for tea. Native to Minneapolis, Minnesota, Stacy moved to Chicago to study art and animation at the Art Institute of Chicago, and enjoys nothing more than a warm cup of tea on a cold winter’s day or a long night of animating. Eager to steep herself in the rich history and culture of tea, Stacy is excited to be learning from the best.
Taylor Cowan -
From wandering the hot boulevards of Las Vegas in a matcha-induced haze, to sipping Rooibos in Dutch parlors, tea has always been a journey for Taylor; one that began talking leaf in DarkCloud Cafe, where by chance he met Jordan Scherer and soon became Wiseman Tea Co.'s blogger and social media manager. Now at Adagio, he hopes to instill the same passion for tea he has found himself. No surprise then that Silver Needle with its closeness to the Earth, its untainted beauty and rareness is his leaf of choice-- a grounding cup and bud. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, Taylor also attended the Universiteit van Amsterdam. He continues to pursue his first love, writing, through blogging, magazines and plays.
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