Steeped in the love of the leaf, Jo-Ani Johnson has ventured into many aspects of the industry. Starting 15 years ago, while working in corporate advertising and marketing, she began hosting afternoon tea events throughout New York.
Her passion has evolved and is currently being demonstrated in her business ventures A Gift Of Tea (tea business consulting and tea speaker/educator). She is also owner of TeaBlendingSisters.com, online and offsite tea blending instruction and event coordination.
An International Tea Education Institute (CA) 2013-14 certified tea blender and certified in 2006 by The Specialty Tea Institute a division of the Tea Association of the U.S.A.
JoAni has participated at World Tea Expo as both speaker (2012, 2013, 2015) and for the last 7 years, as lead coordinator for the TeaBloggers Roundtable, held at WTE and tea festivals around the country. She blogs under the handle ‘Scandalous Tea’ Her experience includes presenting as keynote speaker in Nantou, Taiwan, 2015. And participating in the Green Tea Study Tour Japan, through Specialty Tea Institute 2016 (filmed by NHK TV)
As a member of the US League of Tea Growers, she has visited the Greater Mississippi Tea Co. participating in harvesting, preparing and processing tea. In 2018, Ms. Johnson traveled throughout India to further her tea education visiting tea growing areas of Darjeeling, Siliguri , Nilgiri and surrounding areas.
She has written, illustrated and self-published two children’s books on tea, appeared been interviewed in several magazines both international and national. Her duel focus currently includes tea & fashion seen most recently in Essence Magazine May ‘19