Who is Siply?
The woman behind the tea is Raechel Kelley Valles— tea somm, cool mom & wellness junkie.
After struggling with autoimmune issues, Raechel decided to go against the grain and make some serious lifestyle adjustments. This meant reducing stress, removing toxins and going back to her roots.
Rachel grew up sipping tea at her grandmother's dinner table in New England. Handmade by her grandfather, that table held her whole family as they pondered the mysteries of the universe over endless cups of generously sweetened black tea and milk.
For Raechel, tea is a pinnacle for presence, love and connection. Siply was born from her desire to share this gift with her community.
In 2016, she tossed her Keurig and went on a quest to educate herself on the complexities of tea tradition. Armed with nothing but an adventurous palate, Raechel explored far away pockets of tea culture for inspiration. Her travels took her from Ireland to India and beyond. What she brought back: a true love for high grade tea and a hodgepodge of her favorite blends, steeping tricks and recipes.
Now, Raechel is a classically trained tea sommelier breaking all the rules. By embracing both traditional practices and innovation, she is redefining tea to create unique experiences, like Turmeric Spice Pu'er Chai and Jasmine Matcha.
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photo: Gorreana Tea Plantation, The Azores, Portugal