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.
Betsy Eppinger - Tea Consultant
Betsy moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College and pursue her dream to work in the fashion industry. Along the way, she found Adagio Teas which expanded her interest in tea knowledge and tea culture. Betsy has infused her teas with various types of flowers, herbs, and other plants since was in high school. When Betsy isnít working at Adagio Teas she is probably sleeping or reading about the latest fashion trends in Japan. Her favorite teas to drink are the Masterís Ti Quan Yin, Ceylon Sonata, or Lapsang Souchong while listening to heavy metal music.
Janelle Villas - Tea Consultant
Janelle, Chicago actor and talent, discovered tea as a means of taking care of her instruments: the body and voice! When she's not on stage, she's in a dance classs, yoga class, or getting swallowed by social media. She stumbled upon Adagio where she grew up in the burbs, and immediately fell in love. She fancies a quality cup of green or oolong and is addicted to Matcha and its mother, Gyokuro.
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.
Ryan Colegrove - Tea Consultant
Ryan grew up in northeast Ohio outside of Cleveland. He is studies film at Columbia College Chicago. His love of tea came from enjoy a casual cup of usually green tea on frequent occasions. He heard of Adagio through a friend who had worked there and wanted to learn more about every kind of tea not just green. Ryan loves a good Japanese green like Gyokuro or a buttery Taiwanese Oolong like Ali Shan.
Ryan Colegrove - Tea Consultant
Recent grad of Columbia College Chicago, Erica is now a full time Chicagoan. She as always had a fondness for tea that has morphed into a way of life. Erica enjoys everything from a light and floral Formosa Oolong to an earthy and smokey Gunpowder Green Tea. However, she enjoys it less so when it ends up on her sketchbook pages.
Sarah P - Tea Consultant
Born and raised in Chicagoland, Sarah first discovered tea as a singer searching for ways to aid her voice. Currently a student at Columbia College Chicago studying Music Business, she pursues her love for tea hand-in-hand with her passion for traveling. Oolong and white teas are her favorite, but her cupboard is now host to many varieties from all around the world. Her other interests include; cooking, gardening, playing music, and video gaming.
Shawn Rieke - Tea Consultant
Shawn moved to Chicago to further his passions for music and audio production at Columbia College. Some of his hobbies include making music, eating junk food, and long walks on the beach. He has always had a passion for tea and is excited to be on the Adagio team. After a long day, Shawn loves curling up by the fireplace with a fresh cup of Formosa Ali Shan.