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The Tea Dork

My name is Adriene Harris and I'm a self proclaimed tea dork. I live in Seattle, WA. - the coffee capital - known for Starbuck's, Tully's etc...

I fell in love with Seattle after seeing a program on NBC's today show about 20+ years ago. They featured a teahouse called "Teahouse Kuan Yin". I made it my personal quest to find that place ... and I did.

After finding the teahouse, I uprooted myself from Berkeley, CA. and moved to Seattle ( kind of like the Beverley Hillbillies - "Seattle is the place to go for quali-tea, so I gathered up my stuff and I moved from Beverly" - Well Berkeley, anyway).

Living and working in Seattle, my devotion to tea became more of an obsession, and I decided I had to work in the teahouse that had made me journey here. I began working at the teahouse part time (I had a "real" full time job, too). I soon became a true tea dork, swimming in a sea of coffee junkies, slowly carving out my niche along side other tea dorks. Then one day I decided to create my website so that I could share my love of tea with other tea dorks near and far.

I would like to extend a special "thank you" to the following people, who supported or contributed to my habit:

My fellow tea drinkers (who I drag to selected tea houses for reviews):

Mrs. Tanja Reine rs-Kroger
Ms. Vinni Gupta

My family who hated that I moved to Seattle but supported me when needed.

I would especially like to thank the people who I came into contact with at the Teahouse Kwan Yin:

Miranda Pirzada
Gary Peyton
Juliet Smith
And all the other "Watotos" that I worked with.

And all the customers that I so enjoyed interacting with:

Diane and the women of the teahouse writers group
Craig English (visit his site -
Glen and Alex, the "King" and "Queen" of the Tea house
and Klaus Zupp the "Emperor".

William A Neumann - who design and built this lovely website.

But most of all, I would like to thank my dog, for having the patience to allow me to write all of this before going for her walk.

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