Welcome to Life Is Better With Tea, the tea blog that helps tea lovers learn about tea and herbs.
My name is Mary Ann Rollano, and I'm an award-winning tea professional writing practical tips on the joys of tea. Living by the beach with my husband, two daughters, and dog Maya is my joy.
Here at Life Is Better With Tea, I am committed to helping you explore the world of tea and herbs by showing you how to make smarter tea choices, where to buy the best tea, and how to incorporate tea into your daily life.
I am fueled by sunny days, salty sea air, and tea, of course! I'm a registered nurse - retired from clinical practice. Still, I carry the crucial lessons I learned throughout my years of clinical practice as a critical care nurse and educator.
Wellness is essential to happiness. It is about nourishing your spirit and your body. Much of it comes down to lifestyle and attitude. Most diseases can be prevented and are attributed to poor lifestyle choices. I firmly believe nurturing your soul is as important as nurturing your body.
Why a Tea Blog?
Because life is better with tea, if you are a tea enthusiast like me, I'm guessing you are because you're here; you already know this. Here on this tea blog, you will learn the how and why of tea.
From secret ancient wisdom to modern science, tea's unique chemical properties make it the best drink on the planet for the body and mind. This blog embraces the nature and philosophy of tea; happiness, balance, and wellness.
Here you will learn the skills to select, brew, and create recipes using tea. Along the way, I promote tea as the medium to a life of inner peace and wellness.
I hope to inspire a love of tea in others.
From Tea Enthusiast to Professional Tea Maker
Disappointed with the plethora of artificially created bottled teas, I came upon the idea of making real bottled iced tea. Natural bottled tea is freshly brewed from premium tea leaves and bottled immediately afterward.
After a year of research and development, I created MaryAnna's Tea, placing my first bottled tea on retail shelves in 2010. The more I researched tea, the more I discovered real tea, and I loved it. I started as a tea enthusiast, probably like many of you, drinking supermarket-grade tea from tea bags. Oh, what I didn't know!
What do I mean by "real tea"? Discovering Specialty Tea expanded my love of tea. I had no idea what I was missing until I tried tea in the form of high-grade loose leaf tea. It's a whole new world of tea!
I started my tea business with this discovery – a personal venture where I challenged myself to make the best bottled iced tea on the market.
MaryAnna's Tea, in my opinion, is the best bottled iced tea I've ever had. There is no chemical aftertaste, and you get the bonus health benefits of drinking real tea.Deb Smith, author, The Jersey Shore Cookbook
What It Takes to Start a Tea Business
In 2012 my first flavor, Summer Sweet Tea, came in First Place at the North American Tea Championships. In 2013 & 2014, my Tea & Lemonade was third at the North American Tea Championships.
Professional tea masters and chefs judge the tea championships. Upon entering, I was up against many well-known national ready-to-drink tea brands (you know who they are) and placed my iced tea ahead of them!
I've continued to explore the related issues of nutrition, spirituality, and wellness with my tea business. I've learned a great deal from the experience. So I started this tea blog to share what I've learned with you.
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Work with Me
DO YOU WANT TO WORK TOGETHER?
I occasionally work with companies and brands to help you meet your marketing objectives and inform my readers of your products. For brand partnerships, sponsorship opportunities, and media requests, contact me.
Life Is Better With Tea is one of the Top 100 Tea Blogs. I work professionally with brands and media and would love to discuss working together.
I occasionally write wellness articles outside of tea. Here is a recent article: The 5 Things You Need To Do To Achieve a Healthy Body Weight, And Keep It Permanently.
DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT A RECIPE OR POST?
If you have a question, I'm sure others are wondering the same thing. Please leave it in the blog comments so other readers can read it.
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I genuinely hope Life Is Better With Tea is a tea blog serving as your tea guide. I'm thankful you're here to join me on this beautiful journey into the world of tea.
Let me know how I can help you.
Drink tea & be well ♡,