Updated: Feb 11
It's been a while since we have had a guest on the Transformations with Jayne Podcast, and it was my plan to bring Xenia on the show before leaving Sweden. It really helps if you can be in the same time zone for recordings!! Unfortunately, we were foiled by croaky voices and other things so we are finally doing this now!
In our episode we talk about:
How she came to love Japan and Japanese tea
Challenges she faced when the Coronavirus launched at the same time as her business
Tea combinations and pairings
Her advice for those starting out with learning about tea
You can find out more about Xenia at the links below.
Xenia Blanco is the owner of The Japanese Tea Hub, a micro online shop devoted to top quality Japanese teas and is one of the pioneer members of the Global Japanese Tea Association. She comes from Spain originally, where she learned English & Japanese. Xenia relocated to Glasgow, Scotland, to study Photography at the age of 32. She has also lived in Berlin and Munich, where she worked as a Project and QA Manager for a mobile app developer before relocating to Sweden in 2019.
In 2018, she took part in the Japanese Tea Master course, in Kyoto and the Japan Tea Export Council Tea Study Trip, both held in Japan, with the intention to make tea her new career path. She opened The Japanese Tea Hub at the end of February 2020, with the aim to promote Japanese teas in Sweden and Europe. The Japanese Tea Hub was certified as a Taste of Japan overseas supporter in April.
Xenia writes dedicated articles about Japanese teas on her blogs (English & Spanish) and she has started to write articles on Medium. She also likes to experiment with teas in the kitchen and she has created a number of tea-based dishes and beverages during the still ongoing global pandemic. Together with Soo Cheung from Nomad Tea Festival, she helped to bring the Nomad Tea Festival Europe (a 2-day virtual tea event devoted to tea) to life as a Co-Director in October 2020. If you want to know more about Xenia or The Japanese Tea Hub please follow the links below: www.thejapaneseteahub.com www.thejapaneseteahub.eu (WIP) https://thejapaneseteahub.wordpress.com/blog/