Give the gift of tea connection!

Being Tea is your place this season to find special gifts that support a blooming love of tea, all year long, without the hassle of long holiday lines at the post office or navigating crowded stores.

I’m offering three unique options this year:

1) Being Tea Tasting Boxes (12, 6 or 3 months)

2) Sales on annual class memberships, and

3) Pay-It-Forward Tea Gifts to share tea connection with folks in need.

Being Tea Tasting Boxes

I love making curated tea boxes for friends, students and clients. The magic of discovery, the quiet practice of tuning into the season, the slow personal learning through time.

This holiday season, I’m offering a limited number of subscriptions for these boxes, so you can explore tea throughout the year with a friendly guide to accompany you!

  • New teas shipped every month. All boxes start shipping in January 2022.
  • Includes 2-3 teas (10-20g each), varying based on leaf size and tasting activity.
  • Teas are selected to reflect a shift through seasons, so there’s always a variety! I’ll also check in on you throughout the year to see how you are enjoying the teas.
  • Includes tasting note cards to keep track of your impressions.
  • Secret treats from time to time (stickers, handmade things, mini tea samples).
  • Also includes accompanying video class from me, guiding you through the teas!
Shipping details, gift notes, and restrictions: (read more)
  • Giving this as a gift? Email me at after purchase and let me know your recipient’s name, email, and shipping address. I can also send you a Being Tea card (digital or physical) to give to your recipient!
  • Tea boxes will ship on or around the first of each month, starting in January.
  • Note: These are unblended/unflavored varieties from the traditional tea plant (Camellia sinensis), not herbal teas. They do contain some natural caffeine.
  • Price includes US shipping only. I’m unable to provide international shipping at this time.
  • Due to the time it takes for sourcing these teas, I’m unable to pause a subscription or skip months.
  • If you need to change your shipping address at anytime, that’s no problem. Just email me prior to the first of each month for any shipping changes. If a package needs to be redirected by USPS after shipping, please note this is an additional fee, usually around $25.

Why should you get tasting boxes from Being Tea?

“I love Sooz and her great work revolving around tea and healing. Sooz thoughtfully curates each box based on your tastes and needs, seasonality, and – most certainly – tea producers/providers. Each box contains an assortment of goodies to try and enjoy – which is such a pleasure. Plus, Sooz ALWAYS throws in lagniappe (i.e., a little something extra) and it just warms my heart. I really look forward to any delivery from Sooz!” – Crystal G.

Well, I’ve worked in tea professionally for a very long time, tasted literally thousands of teas, and… I know good tea by this point! (read more)

I spent over a decade as a tea competition judge, in the US and internationally, evaluating teas from all over the world, all categories and seasons and evolution of style. I’ve traveled to tea gardens and factories throughout Asia and learned from amazingly talented and wise producers. In my work as a trainer and education director, I’ve worked on the importing and wholesale side of tea, managing and consulting on tea programs, sourcing, and blend creation. I’ve worked as a tea educator for nearly 20 years, and teaching is my full-time engagement, which is very rare in this industry as a career.

On a more personal note, I’m a very curious and open minded taster and my colleagues have always respected me for that reason. I definitely appreciate the classics, but I’m also fascinated by and love to encourage new growers and teas from origins less well known. Tea is a dear plant friend and teacher for me, and I sharing tea with others means so much to me.


The best value in tea education shares a little extra love during the holiday season. This is the only time of year that I offer a sale for annual Being Tea online class memberships!

Membership rates at Being Tea are on a tiered scale to accommodate financial accessibility as well as to support the enduring sustainability of this unique model. I’m offering holiday deals on two of our levels: Standard rate and Sustaining rate membership.

Nov 1 – Dec 31st: Get two months free when you join at the STANDARD rate tier!

This is in addition to the normal 10% savings for annual membership. Regular pricing for the Standard tier is $215/ year.

Nov 1 – Dec 31st: Join our Sustaining rate tier and receive a FREE private online class with me in the new year!

PLUS, save one month, in addition to the regular 10% savings for annual membership! (Regular pricing for the Sustaining tier is $432/ year. Sale price is $392/ year)

A private class is 75 – 90 min, tea included. This could be a tea tasting session or tea meditation. Class value $150, plus tea! *Tea shipping for US customers only, but class itself is open worldwide.

The Being Tea member program is my flagship offering, consisting of self-guided, take in any order, exploratory tea classes, with topics spanning from tea sensory / tasting skills to guided tea practice for mindfulness and well-being.

– Classes are full-length (60-75 min), both recorded and livestream.
– Live classes are happening here every week!
– Member classes are created just for members, not open to the public.
– Appropriate for total beginners as well as new or experienced tea professionals looking to develop their ongoing education.
– Full program info about all of our offerings can be found here: MEMBERSHIP.

Join today and be part of a more accessible, inclusive, and supportive tea community!


You can support Being Tea Scholarships this holiday season, with one of our Pay-It-Forward Tea Gifts! One option shares the gift of Being Tea membership, while the other covers tuition for Being Tea Teacher Training.

Each Pay-It-Forward includes a gift for you, too: a 60 min private online tea tasting or tea meditation session with me! Tea for our tasting together is included (US shipping only), and please note, your session must be booked before May 31st, 2022.

Pay-It-Forward Tea Gift: Membership

This gift funds one year of Being Tea membership for a tea professional holding a marginalized identity. As my thank you, you receive a private 60 minute class or tea meditation with me!


Pay-It-Forward Tea Gift: Teacher Training

This gift covers the tuition for one month of Teacher Training for a tea professional holding a marginalized identity. As my thank you, you receive a private 60 minute class or tea meditation with me!


Being Tea was founded on a principle that quality education should be available for everyone, regardless of professional status, job title, or financial resources. Throughout the year, I raise funds for tea scholarships to support this mission for tea professionals holding a marginalized identity (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and folks from countries experiencing social or economic hardship). These scholarships include annual tea education membership in Being Tea, as well as full or partial tuition for Being Tea’s 7-month teacher training program.

Happy Holidays from Being Tea!