“Be Authentic Drink Loose Leaf “
Founded by Ayurvedic Teaologist Fehreen Ali in 2012, TEA COUP is a Brisbane based business specialising in organic, hand-blended Ayurvedic inspired teas and tisanes. Fehreen is a qualified Clinical Ayurvedic Lifestyle Practitioner who has been blessed by the knowledge of her grandma who was a spice blender (hence her own love affair with spices and herbs) and her mother who taught her from a very young age about health and well-being.
I was invited to photograph the six signature blends of Tea Coup tea for the launch of their new website. As a tea lover myself I was right at home being part of this project. It was a delight getting to know Fehreen who is such a warm, laughing and friendly soul, lighting up the room with her positive energy.
Her home is full of her colourful and creative projects, and eclectic finds which formed a beautiful backdrop for our photoshoot. Set aside in a quiet space of tranquility is her tea blending studio, a beautiful warm wooden space with lovely light, and jars of organic herbs and blends lining the walls. After tasting her wonderful blends, we ducked into the studio to catch the lady in action in her favourite place and discuss the philosophy behind her work.
In her own words:
“As a student of Indiaʼs ancient healing philosophy Ayurveda, I wanted to offer my clients Ayurvedic teas as a solution for various ailments and for general well-being. I noticed that there was a gap in the market here in Australia, thus I began my tea blending journey. I did a lot of research and based on my Ayurvedic knowledge I would come up with different blends – each with its unique taste and designed for a different purpose. After years of experimenting I am proud to have finalised my first 6 signature blends, which I want to share with you all!
I aspire to educate people and raise awareness of the benefits and healing properties of all the ingredients I use. I long to see the day when more people embrace a holistic approach to health rather than automatically reaching for medications so easily prescribed by Western medicine.
The cycles of the moon play a crucial part in my tea blending rituals. I formulate new blends on a new moon and do the majority of my blending on a full moon. There is a high feminine Shakti energy during full moon, itʼs a time to celebrate, nurture and beautify yourself. For me itʼs a magical time – when I have the warmth of Mother Earth (teas /herb) in my hands guided by the coolness of the universal light moon shining upon me!”
Photography and Editing by Priya Puri // Brisbane, Australia