As part of a conscientious effort to not get run over by the COVID train, we've been working hard here at Yaupon Brothers to attract new customers, spread awareness of issues we think you might care about, and keep our current customers happily engaged. So last week, we rolled out a new podcast called TeaCology. We discuss all things tea, but also environmental issues, entrepreneurial adventures, plant and history nerdiness, and just topics we think are cool. Here's who's been on the show so far:
Episode 1: We were joined by environmental activist, Valerie Anderson, who is the cofounder of Friends of Split Oak Forest. Split Oak is a state-managed conservation are in Orange and Osceola Counties in Central Florida, and it has been placed in the crosshairs of the Central Florida Expressway Authority, (CFX). CFX wants to build a high-speed toll road through part of the forest so it can deliver business to a huge new residential development, (because that's exactly what we need), and it's big business. Valerie and her group of fellow forest advocates are helping to put the kibosh on this dumb and pointless toll road. Give it a listen!
Episode 2: Dr. Anna Dixon, ethnobotanist and professor of anthropology at USFSP, came on the show to tell us about how awesome plants are. I mean, we already knew they were awesome, but Dr. Dixon was really great at explaining how and why plants do what they do, and also the relationship they have with humans; and vice-versa. Dr. Dixon has studied the history of Yaupon and many other plants, but she has a real soft spot for the PawPaw, (Asimina triloba). You won't want to miss it.
Episode 3: We had the tremendous pleasure of speaking with Henrietta Lovell, founder of the Rare Tea Company, based in London. Henrietta has traveled the world in search of the very best teas, and has often found them. As a result, she's the go-to tea maven for the some of the world's most acclaimed restaurants and hotels. Rare Tea Company provides the tea for Rene Redzepi's Noma in Compenhagen, as well as Alain Ducasse, Gordon Ramsay, and Claridge's Hotel. That's a lot of name drops! Henrietta also talks about consuming less, but better. A wonderful conversation you'll surely enjoy.
Our TeaCology podcast is available on Anchor.fm, Google podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Radio Public, and more. Listen to TeaCology here.