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A podcast by tea lovers for tea lovers

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Steeping Together was inspired by the conversations that happen across DAVIDsTEA—in our stores, our office & with our online communitea.

Simply put, we LOVE tea talk. But even more than that, we think our tea people (yes, we mean you!) are the coolest. Sharing our passion for tea culture, tea trivia and tea recipes is what we’ve always wanted to do. And so, here we are, ready to take on the world of tea with you, one episode at a time.

“Tea people are the coolest”

Steeping Together is THE podcast for anyone who knows that the most meaningful moments of your life happen when you make a connection with someone and learn to appreciate their perspective… and it’s just oh so much better with a cup of tea in hand!

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“Tea people are the coolest”

Steeping Together is THE podcast for anyone who knows that the most meaningful moments of your life happen when you make a connection with someone and learn to appreciate their perspective… and it’s just oh so much better with a cup of tea in hand!

meet our host marika

Who is Marika?

Marika De Vienne studied and worked with tea growers and garden owners in China before becoming a spice and tea blending apprentice. Travelling to places like Thailand, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka turned her into a ravenous seeker and lover of all things tea.

Like many at DAVIDsTEA, Marika has a tea drinking problem. Trust us, we don’t think too much tea is a problem but she’s basically a human science experiment on tea consumption…

Marika

So, in an effort to channel this obsession into something a little more constructive, Marika now hosts Steeping Together, where she hopes to spark meaningful conversations over a fresh cup of tea with people from around the world.

about the podcast

what our listeners really think

Travel into tea

“This is a really soothing deep dive into something I have always taken for granted!”

five star
—aulab
Amazing!

“Lovely podcast it’s so cool to hear everything about tea and tea making!”

five star
—sloth-lover89
Love this podcast!

“It’s clear that all folks at [DAVIDsTEA] and the guests are total tea nerds and I love feeling like I’m having a fun chat with friends about tea every time I listen to it! If anything, I feel like they undersell their own products in favor of being informative, conversive and caring.”

five star
—MDRK1234
Lovely podcast

“Very cool podcast. Super interesting to learn about parts of tea that you might not think about like the tea procedures or water affecting tea flavor.”

five star
—catandcrow
Listen here!

“What an amazing podcast! I was hooked right away. These tea enthusiasts discuss topics that everyone thinks about such as sleep, ingredients, time management, parenting all over a cup of tea […] if you weren’t a tea nerd BEFORE listening to steeping together you will be after!”

five star
—1 morecris24

Latest episodes

season 2 season 1

Like what you’re hearing? Check out all our episodes.

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season 2 | ep. 20

all about
sweeteners in tea

with Celia Aceae & Kelly Miller
Celia Aceae & Kelly Miller
with Celia Aceae & Kelly Miller

all about sweeteners in tea

This week, our guests Celia & Kelly discuss sweetener in tea—from the ones you add before you sip to those already built into your favourite blends.

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season 2 | ep. 19

what
exactly is
flavoring?

with Dr. Robert Sobel
Robert Sobel
with Dr. Robert Sobel

What exactly is flavoring?

We invited Research & Innovation expert, Dr. Robert Sobel, to help us unpack what natural and artificial flavoring really means.

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season 2 | ep. 18

cooking
with tea

with Nadia De La Vega
Nadia De La Vega
with Nadia De La Vega

Cooking with tea

Who says tea is only for drinking? This week, returning guest Nadia De La Vega talks to us about how to integrate tea into your everyday cooking and which ones are the best to cook with!

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season 2 | ep. 17

tea & meditation:
a moment for
yourself

with Sara Gallagher Bloom
Sara Gallagher Bloom
with Sara Gallagher Bloom

Tea & meditation: a moment for yourself

This week, we talk to yoga and mindfulness instructor—and tea enthusiast—Sara Gallagher Bloom to discuss the benefits of meditation and how tea can fit into your routine.

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season 2 | ep. 16

much ado
about matcha

with Celia Aceae
Celia Acea
with Celia Aceae

Much ado about matcha

And the spotlight goes to… mmm matcha! This week, we’re diving deep into the creamy, energizing & traditional world of matcha with none other than our four-time returning guest, Celia.

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season 2 | ep. 15

upcoming
trends in tea

with Victor Yu
Victor Yu
with Victor Yu

Upcoming trends in tea

We have invited Victor Yu, of the Random Cuisine Blog, to walk us through the latest tea trends brewing all around us. Find out about the latest and greatest in tea beverages, desserts and beyond!

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season 2 | ep. 14

caffeine in tea: what
does it
really
mean?

caffeine in tea:
what does it really
mean?

with Nadia De La Vega
& Celia Aceae
Nadia De La Vega & Celia Aceae
with Nadia De La Vega & Celia Aceae

Caffeine in tea: what does it really mean?

Let’s take a deep dive—or at least a shallow dip—into all things caffeine in tea. Returning guests Nadia & Celia help unpack the not so simple topic that’s on the minds of many tea lovers.

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season 2 | ep. 13

deep dive into
tea pairings

with Kevin Gascoyne
Kevin Gascoyne
with Kevin Gascoyne

Deep dive into tea pairings

Want to learn how to pair teas and impress your guests next time you invite them over? Well, let Kevin Gascoyne give you the rundown on all things tea pairings!

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season 2 | ep. 12

pu’erh tea,
an enduring
love story

with Kelly Miller
Kelly Miller
with Kelly Miller

Pu’erh tea, an enduring love story

Kelly joins us this week as we attempt to unravel the mystery behind tea drinkers’ longstanding love for pu’erh, one of the most ancient tea types.

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season 2 | ep. 11

creating positive
change in the tea
industry

creating
positive
change in
the tea
industry

with the Ethical Tea Partnership
jenny costelloe
with the Ethical Tea Partnership

Creating positive change in the tea industry

We sat down with Jenny, Executive Director at the ETP, to get a better understanding of how our industry is working together to create a fairer and more sustainable tea industry for workers, farmers and the environment.

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season 2 | ep. 10

sustainability
at davidstea

with Nadia De La Vega
Nadia De La Vega
with Nadia De La Vega

Sustainability at DAVIDsTEA

We acknowledge that there is no DAVIDsTEA without a healthy planet. So, who better to define what that means to us than Nadia, our Director of Tea Sustainability & Content?

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season 2 | ep. 9

how to introduce
tea to non-tea
drinkers

how to
introduce
tea to
non-tea
drinkers

with Carolina Levy
Carolina Levy
with Carolina Levy

How to introduce tea to non-tea drinkers

Carolina Levy, owner of tea company Soy Té, shares insight from her personal experience of bringing tea to Mexico.

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season 2 | ep. 8

how to make
iced tea, lattes
& teapops

how to
make iced
tea, lattes
& teapops

with Freedom Taylor
Freedom Taylor
with Freedom Taylor

How to make iced tea, lattes & teapops

Want to sip outside the box? This episode’s for you! We’re exploring all the different ways to make a cup with Freedom, our resident rule-breaker.

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season 2 | ep. 7

tea
mixology
101

with Tao Zrafi
Tao Zrafi
with Tao Zrafi

Tea mixology 101

We invited Tao Zrafi, @travelingbartenders, to share his secrets on the best ways to mix tea with alcohol.

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season 2 | ep. 6

does water
type affect
tea taste?

with Ravi Pillai
Ravi Pillai
with Ravi Pillai

Does water type affect tea taste?

Did you know the type of water you use to steep your tea makes a difference? Find out how on this week’s episode!

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season 2 | ep. 5

wild rice: an
indigenous tradition

with Tea Horse
Tea Horse
with Tea Horse

Wild Rice: An Indigenous Tradition

Join us as we talk to Tea Horse about their unique take on wild rice and the role that tea plays in bringing people together.

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season 2 | ep. 4

licorice: love it
or leave it

with Celia Aceae
Celia Aceae
with Celia Aceae

Licorice: love it or leave it

Join us this week for a deep dive into what seems to be one of our most polarizing ingredients: licorice.

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season 2 | ep. 3

building a
community

with Mamas For Mamas
Shannon Christensen
with Mamas For Mamas

Building a community

On this week’s episode, we sit down with Mamas for Mamas’ founder to explore all the amazing work the organization has accomplished to help moms and caregivers in need.

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season 2 | ep. 2

white tea
& how to
blend it

with Billy Dietz
Billy Dietz
with Billy Dietz

White tea & how to blend it

On this week’s mini episode, we’re delving into the challenging yet welcoming base of white tea, and how to blend it.

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season 2 | ep. 1

building an
inclusive
online tea
community

w/ Tea with Jann
Jann
w/ Tea with Jann

Building an inclusive online tea community

Our season 2 premiere tries to answer one crucial question: How do you build an inclusive tea community in an increasingly divided world? Tune in to find out.

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season 1 | ep. 8

what are
the most
underrated
blends of
2021?

with Sanaya El Sayad
Sanaya El Sayad
with Sanaya El Sayad

What are the most underrated DAVIDsTEA blends of 2021?

Most of the time our teas find an audience and thrive. Other times, they just…don’t. This week, we’re exploring why a tea sometimes misses the mark.

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season 1 | ep. 7

what makes
nepalese
tea so good?

with Peru Gyawali
Peru Gyawali
with Peru Gyawali

What makes Nepalese tea so good?

Did you know that Nepalese tea is some of the finest around the world? Listen in as we shed some light on what makes this newcomer so great.

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season 1 | ep. 6

how do you
choose the
perfect teaware?

how do you
choose the
perfect
teaware?

with Freedom Taylor
Freedom Taylor
with Freedom Taylor

How do you choose the perfect teaware?

Vessels can completely transform your tea drinking experience. This week, we’re teaching you how to choose the right ones for you.

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season 1 | ep. 5

how do
you create
a tea?

with Billy Dietz
Billy Dietz
with Billy Dietz

How do you create a tea?

Ever wonder how tea is made? Like how we get it to taste as decadent as dessert or as sweet as candy. Tune in to find out!

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season 1 | ep. 4

how do you
become a
professional
tea taster?

with Ravi Pillai
Ravi Pillai
with Ravi Pillai

How do you become a professional tea taster?

Get your pen and paper ready! Today’s episode is all about how to train your palate so that you can really taste every aspect of the tea you sip.

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season 1 | ep. 3

what are the
best ingredients
for sleep?

what are
the best
ingredients
for sleep?

with Celia Aceae
Celia Aceae
with Celia Aceae

What are the best ingredients for sleep?

In need of a good night’s sleep? Join us as we delve into the benefits and drawbacks of different sleep ingredients found in tea.

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season 1 | ep. 2

how do you
order a tea
online?

with Kelly Miller
Kelly Miller
with Kelly Miller

How do you order a tea online?

We’re here to answer all your Qs about shopping teas online and how to find the best ones for you even when you can’t have a sniff or sip.

Play
season 1 | ep. 1

why do we
love tea so
much?

with Nadia De La Vega
Nadia De La Vega
with Nadia De La Vega

Why do we love tea so much?

Tea is the second most consumed beverage on the planet. Know why? Tune in to find out.

Who is
Marika?

Marika

about the host

Marika De Vienne studied and worked with tea growers and garden owners in China before becoming a spice and tea blending apprentice. Travelling to places like Thailand, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka turned her into a ravenous seeker and lover of all things tea.

Like many at DAVIDsTEA, Marika has a tea drinking problem. Trust us, we don’t think too much tea is a problem but she’s basically a human science experiment on tea consumption…

So, in an effort to channel this obsession into something a little more constructive, Marika now hosts Steeping Together, where she hopes to spark meaningful conversations over a fresh cup of tea with people from around the world.