Cathryn James unknown obsession with tea started when realizing how impactful ginger is for the body. From weight loss, relief with nausea, inflammation, digestion, she was an addict slicing it up raw and adding it to hot water everyday.
In her late twenties, she said to herself, 'screw it, I needed inspiration, I needed an adventure, I wanted to explore and learn about my roots'. So she left it all behind and went on a spontaneous 3 months trip backpacking South East Asia, with India her motherland being the first stop. She ended up spending about a month travelling all over India starting with the Taj Mahal. Then cruised down the Ganges in Varanasi, swam in the palmy beaches of Goa, visited Chennai where her mom and dad grew up, and drove through the breathtaking tea plantations of Kerala. Tea was everywhere. Every shop, every train, even sitting in the auto rickshaw someone was always there sticking their head in trying to sell you “Chai”.
This trip inspired her. It brought something out of her that she never felt before. I was raised in a predominantly caucasian neighbourhood, so growing up she was a visible minority and she tended to be shy of her ethnic background. But for once she felt honoured to be Indian and with that, she wanted to bring appreciation to Indian flavours and aromas through tea. She then realized the crazy amount of health benefits as well as the distinctive tastes of India’s abundant tea leaves, herbs and spices have to offer. This sparked her passion to study and research the art of tea blending. This was the beginning of Elctrk Tea.