One million years ago in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, Alina Alishoev and Lily Gene were running pop-up tea lounges at music festivals and other events around California and Oregon. But with the festivals, still banned under current shelter-in-place restrictions, went Tea Hehe's self-serve, donation-based business.
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The makings of a tea tote with cookies, tea bread, tea and homemade pickles.
But Alishoev, who began her journey into teas with a course at the Dandelion Herbal Center, says, “I just wanted to share the healing power of plants with people.” So she and Gene, who handles most of the business side as well as "all the tasting," put their dream of a tea truck on hold and came up with tea totes, deliverable tea-time sets complete with teas, baked goods and snacks.
The totes each contain “a mini tea party for two or more,” including, of course, tea (of which there are 22 available varieties, and treats like lavender or ginger cookies, maple tea bread and more. The baked goods are gluten- and dairy-free, and most ingredients are sourced locally, thought the organic herbs for the tea come from an Oregon farm. A tea- for-two tote is packed with tea (and strainer), chocolates, chia pudding, biscotti, cookies and tea muffins for $30. There's an à la carte menu, as well, and customers can order for pick-up or delivery by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, messaging on Facebook or Instagram at @teaheherbals.