Team Portrait - Sébastien Collin
At Camellia Sinensis, the quality of our teas has our reputation but the quality of our team makes it all possible. This month, we introduce to you Sébastien Collin.
Tell us about how you started at Camellia Sinensis...
I had an immediate friendly connection with these tea ambassadors and related strongly to their desire to democratize tea. I found the teahouse inspiring and was happy to have an opportunity to be a part of such a dynamic and innovative company. I still have fond memories of the early days: organizing small spaces to manage the inventory, tending to clients at the Emery boutique....and concocting our homemade blends in the back store.
What is your role within the team?
Throughout the years, I've been lucky enough to be a part of many creative initiatives and projects. I have worked in the development of our stock management, store management, quality control, client servicing, employee training, website content. I also host various tasting events, write blogs and have been a big part of our educational program and various publications. After years of living my passion for tea in our stores, I am now back in the warehouse dealing with numbers and our ever changing inventory.
Your favourite tea is...
Although not my "every day" tea, the Pu er are my favourites for their fuller and richer taste. They are so powerful and vibrant and can create the feeling of time standing still. The 1992 Menghai Hou Gen Pu Er has a special place in my all time favourites as it brings back fond memories of my travels in China.
What is your most important discovery?
Keeping it simple and basic. I have learned the value and appreciation of the daily ritual. The importance of delving in with "body-and-soul” when tasting. A good tea will please me with its aromas, taste, mouthfeel and after taste but also impact my body through stimulation, relaxation and many other more subtle sensations.
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