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MEM TEA TRAINING CENTER & TASTING ROOM




In September 2016, MEM TEA Training Center & Tasting Room opened its doors in the Davis Square neighborhood. Many locals may already be familiar with MEM TEA as Boston’s premier tea provider for many of their favorite cafes and restaurants. The shop has created a place for our current wholesale customers to get more training and step outside of their environment for a more focused, immersive experience. As we thought more about it, we also wanted their customers to have the opportunity to get to better know MEM TEA. Our training center concept came into view with the goal of demystifying the world of tea and making it available and accessible to all.

At this time, the retail side of the shop provides over 100 loose leaf teas, all available by the ounce. We will carry all teas that are available on the website plus offer some exclusive items. The Watertown warehouse is still open to the public if you wish to buy in bulk and reap the great savings of higher quantity purchases. We are always brewing something and we encourage everyone to stop by, taste, and learn something new. There are also a multitude of easy brewing methods and accessories available in order to make brewing great loose leaf tea at home or work as effortless as possible. We will not be serving tea by the cup - we want to encourage people who visit us to seek out the many local businesses that proudly brew MEM TEA and see their commitment to quality first-hand.




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Hours:


Tuesday - Friday
12-7PM
Saturday
11AM-7PM

Address:


196 Elm Street
Davis Square

Cambridge, MA 02140



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Check out the events we have at the training center!



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MICHAELA THOMPSON


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1. Who are you, what do you do? Michaela Thompson, Tasting Room Manager - Terrible joke teller extraordinaire.

2. How do you spend your free time?
Between work l travel. Part of relaxing for me is continuing my search for a gummy bear that has a better tooth feel and flavor than Haribo, I have yet to discover this gummy bear.

3. If you found a genie who would grant you 3 wishes?
A limitless airplane ticket, a bottomless stomach, and world peace.

4. Why tea?
MEM romanced me with their small dedicated staff who works tirelessly to produce and sell great tea products in a close family atmosphere. I am the fun loving, awful joke telling uncle who dances poorly at weddings. It's good to know your role in your work force and in life. Also, tea is delicious!



SUANNE SCALISE


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1. Who are you, what do you do? Suanne. I'm the director of Training and Education and I develop the curriculum for public tastings and events. I came to Boston to study art and found myself managing a coffee shop. Wierd, right? Our cafe started selling whole leaf tea and I had to study up because tea was still pretty obscure around here. I've been studying up ever since.

2. How do you spend your free time?
Depends on the time of year. In the winter I hibernate. In the milder months I enjoy spending time outdoors. On the weekends you'll find me gardening, grilling, building fires and visiting friends. All of this depends upon the friends because I have no yard.

3. If you found a genie who would grant you 3 wishes?
One. No more Winter. Two. Cottage by the Sea. Three. Boat!

4. Why tea?
It's extremely diverse. Most people I meet drink at least one kind of tea for pleasure. Warmth, refreshment, health or well-being... There's a tea for that! I explain the merits of drinking tea and people tell me the reasons why they already do. I love the stories.



MOLLY JONES


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1. Who are you, what do you do? I'm Molly, semi-professional floater. My main base is in the retail store, but you can also find me helping at events, working QC at the warehouse, and generally being there when things come up. My spirit animal is a hat rack.

2. How do you spend your free time?
In general, I wander around Boston and the world looking at cake, taking pictures of fuzzy animals owned both by myself and strangers, and doing strange experiments in my home kitchen. I try to walk or run 50 miles a week, mostly in new places (though sometimes on a treadmill with old movies). I also enjoy evenings (sometimes days) in fuzzy pajamas playing with cats and studying. Bubble baths are my anti-drug.

3. If you found a genie who would grant you 3 wishes?
Be able to ride on bikes, boats, planes, or other speedy objects with no fear/ risk of injury. A babel fish. Cat hair world-wide losing the ability to stick to things and/ or becoming water soluble. Bonus wish: be able to summon one of any fruit, perfectly ripe, whenever and wherever I want.

4. Why tea?
Tea is like a rainbow. It's like asking "why fruit?" If you say you don't like it, you probably just haven't tried enough. Also, from alcohol to caffeine, I am an incredible lightweight, so tea is my beverage safe space.



AVONELL COOK


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1. Who are you, what do you do? I'm Avonell, genderqueer tea dork of the retail store. I get paid good money to make the same twelve tea jokes while hoping the regulars don't notice. I also love helping out with the classes on Thursdays and Saturdays and taking "promotional" photos that somehow end up in my personal Snapchat story instead of on our Instagram.

2. How do you spend your free time?
I spend most of my time working with Mainely Rat Rescue, where I foster very sweet rats who are in need of fur-ever homes, playing games of all kinds, and preparing for the next Zeldathon (a charity event where we livestream playthrough of the entire Legend of Zelda franchise). I also enjoy dabbling in languages, with a goal of being able to ask for tea wherever my travels take me.

3. If you found a genie who would grant you 3 wishes?
I would wish to be a wizard equal to Albus Dumbledore, so that I could apparate around the world doing wonderful things for the people who live in it. Then I would wish for a large plot of land for Boston's first tea farm, using my magic to keep the plants happy in this unusual environment. Finally I would wish for humanity to start celebrating their differences instead of fighting over them.

4. Why tea?
Tea is that feeling of comfort, of knowing that everything is okay. It also hits that spot of awe for the natural world - so many wonderful, weird things that come from this single plant! So many small factors that allow this one plant to be many things. On a cultural level it has inspired many great (and terrible) minds and events. It may just be the single most influential plant in history!






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