Founder and Director, Joyce
A Tea Journey
My tea consultancy journey began rather serendipitously over 30 years ago in Kenya, where I was born and raised.
I applied to a graduate scheme at Brooke Bond (now part of Unilever) not quite knowing what I was going to do. Coming straight from university, I had no idea Tea Tasting was a thing, let alone a career!
The Changing Face Of Tea
In 1990 the tea industry was very much a man’s world. I was often mistakenly addressed as “Sir” in the Mombasa tea auction where I was the only woman in the room.
As the first female in management at the tea factories in Kenya I was something of a strange phenomenon in the industry. I am pleased to say there are many women in the trade now!
I was very lucky to find people along the way who taught me and guided me, enabling me to find a career that I still enjoy enormously even now, and am extremely passionate about.