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Summertime is also teatime

Formerly known as Thé pour deux–Tea for two, the Huntingdon-based company Les Thés du Bonheur is now run exclusively by tea aficionado Makela Duhaime-Côté. “My passion for tea has not changed,” she says, noting that the original company logo has also carried over.

Since stepping out on her own in March, Duhaime-Côté says things are going well. She continues to work on developing her own tea blends while sourcing varieties from around the world. “I am always trying to create new recipes,” she says, noting her line of teas includes some pre-mixed blends as well.

Duhaime-Côté is focused on developing the business. Her teas are currently available at over 15 local stores, boutiques, and restaurants, and she recently launched a website with an online shop. Customers in Ormstown, Athelstan, Dewittville, Huntingdon, and Hinchinbrooke can opt to buy online and then pick-up their orders. Shipping is also available for Canadian residents outside the immediate area. She admits the goal is to one day be able to open her own actual location.

 

Makela Duhaime-Côté, who owns the Huntingdon-based tea company, Les Thés du Bonheur, says there is no reason to stop drinking tea in the summer. PHOTO Courtesy of Les Thés du Bonheur

 

Another aspect Duhaime-Côté has been working to grow is her presence on social media. Her Facebook page is steeped in colourful photos and suggestions for both hot and iced tea recipes. She has also started to participate in social activities and events, including The Great Gardening Weekend at the Montreal Botanical Gardens in May. She recently offered a presentation and tea-tasting to a group of parents and staff at the Centre de Ressources Familiales in Huntingdon. She says it is all about encouraging people to try her blends, especially those who may be tea sceptics. “A few of my customers never drank tea before and now they are tea lovers,” she adds.

When asked about her favourite summer tea, she explains that while she enjoys both iced tea and hot tea, some teas simply taste better prepared one way over the other. “It is definitely a hard decision to make,” she says. “From fruity iced teas to iced matcha lattes, they’re all so yummy!” she exclaims. When pressed, however, she admits she prefers lemon raspberry iced tea the best. “Use one teabag of lemon raspberry tea; add some ice, a dash of sugar, a couple of slices of lemon, and some raspberries,” she directs. “It’s the perfect combination between sweet and sour!”

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