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Teaneer Tea Values – Mission Nilgiri

Contributed by Elyse Petersen

Founder, Tealet

Tea has taken me to exquisite places in the world and introduced me to some of my most precious friends. For me, tea is my guide and I am its server. I have surrendered to the power of tea and strive to let go of  the only thing is in the way of finding peace, my ego. Tea has given me the vision of ultimate connection and I have dedicated my life to sharing this with as many people in the world as I possibly can. My meditation is about losing your ego in this connection and moving together as a whole; people, environment, and spirit, towards a greater peace.

Elyse Peterson, Founder


Elyse Petersen is an advocate for transparency in the global food system and currently works with tea farmers to improve the quality of their products and access market opportunities. As the Founder of Tealet, she has made direct trade available to small-scale farmers, businesses, and consumers around the world. She is a food scientist and returned Peace Corps volunteer that is committed to building a  sustainable future for agriculture and communities. She has a B.S. in Food Science and Technology from Cal Poly Pomona and a Japanese-MBA from the Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii.