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What is the International Tea Sippers Society?
Founder, Babette Donaldson, explains:
Oct. 15, 2015
Pre-Launch Tea Sipper Membership Registration Begins
♦ Free Sipper Membership Until Jan 1st
♦ Special Charter Membership Until Jan 1st
Jan. 1, 2016
Official Launch of ITSS – Celebrate Hot Tea Month
Discover the World Of Tea
If you’re new to tea, you’ll find that there’s more than you ever dreamed. If you’re already a dedicated tea afficianado then you know that you can discover something new every day!
All members have access to the Tea Sipper Library
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Library includes some complete tea books plus excerpts, articles by industry pros, activities and games, recipes, tips and tricks for entertaining along with templates for fundraising with tea.
Shop with ITSS Member Businesses
Check the directory of ITSS Business in dozens of categories.
Look for discounts and special offers.
Calendar of Tea Events
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From themed parties in local tearooms to weekend festivals in cities around the world; from tastings of the season’s new harvest to fundraisers where afternoon tea supports everything from arts programs to historic foundations.
Regular newsletters keep you up to date on new offers from Tea Business Members and Events in your locale. From small meet-up groups to fabulous tea festivals to international tea travel, you’ll have details at your fingertips with a monthly email update.
Watch for regular contests and prize drawings.
Share your love of tea
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From the field to your cup, there is an amazing story of how a tiny green leaf but it’s still a very small group of devotees. Many of us feel a bit lonely and wish we had a community to share our passion for all things tea. Check out the possibilities for expanding your personal world of tea.
From Beginning Sippers to Advanced Connoisseurs, deep into a lifetime study of the lovely leaf, there’s something for Everyone!
Explore The Worldwide Culture of Tea
Tea is often referred to as the drink that changed the world. The worldwide tea culture actually dates back 5000 years. We look around the world and appreciate how much we share with a simple cup of tea.
Tea Activities For Children . . . Of All Ages!
Arts & crafts, games, stories and party themes.We’re constantly adding new projects that can be used for family teatime activities or to entertain an entire party.
Tea Tourism - Domestic and International
Traveling around the world to visit tea plantations and rich sources of history can be a fascinating and intimate experience. Join a group led by tea professionals and be invited to pick and process your own leaves.
Tea Education: Explore The Basic Essentials
You might want to begin with buying, brewing and enjoying new types of tea. As you explore beyond the teabag, questions about how tea is grown and manufactured, differences in kinds of tea and the countries where it’s grown.
Tea Education: Stay Current On The Health Science of Tea
Tea has become a “darling” of the health industry. Scientific research is now affirming ancient beliefs from medical beliefs that have been held for thousands of years. But is it really true?
Tea Education: Advanced Explorations
ITSS is for all tea lovers; from those who only know about teabag brands in grocery stores to advanced sippers hoping to broaden their experience even more. Our team will be seeking out content for the most advanced palate and experienced tea historians.
Tea Books: Complete Texts, Excerpts & Reviews
From historic tomes that have earned place on every tea lover’s shelf to newly penned articles by today’s tea professionals, we strive to fill the library with diverse content of high quality.
Tea People: Meet Industry Pros
ITSS enjoys introducing members to tea professionals from around the world. Want to meet the writers and teachers devoting their work to tea education. And what about the lineage of tea people who inspired them.
Tea Entertaining: Parties, Tastings, Fundraising
Hundreds of ideas for dozens of tea party themes can be your go-to guide for your next event. Delight your family. Create memories for your friends. Design a tea party for your children’s class.
A few more questions:
Why are you creating a subscription website for Tea Lovers?
For many years now, I’ve said that we who are working in the industry have many ways to gather at international trade shows and to exchange ideas within online chat rooms. There are dozens of blogs with great articles and educational programs that offer beginning classes. But we who work in tea don’t have many tools to reach out to consumers and welcome them into this fascinating world.
This is what inspired the creation of ITSS. I want to be that bridge. A virtual meeting place where members can find what they need more easily and more reliably than a browser web search.
What does it cost to join?
- Basic Sipper Membership is $25 USD per year. (Starting January, 2016)
- Charter Sipper Membership is $25 USD for a lifetime membership. In appreciation for everyone who joins during our pre-launch (October 1 – December 31, 2015) their one-time payment will cover a lifetime membership.
- Business Sipper Membership is $50 USD per year. This includes a full page description of their business with up to five category listings in our main directory. Business Sipper Members can also add tea events to the ITSS calendar and are eligible additional ways to promote their business to the entire membership.
See the Business Member Information Page
Why is ITSS a paid membership?
The fee for membership helps to pay staff to maintain the site and to constantly add new content. We want to commission premium material and organize it for easy access. We’re also inviting the Business Members to offer special discounts, benefits and experiences that will be a much greater value than the annual fee.pay staff
no random advertising
pay tea professionals
promote tea drinking as a lifestyle
Is there a guarantee of satisfaction?
Yes. If ITSS isn’t what you expected, within the first month, please contact our Member Services Department.