Meet the Tea Mistress
Amanda Vermillion, a.k.a. The Tea Mistress, has had a lifelong interest in teas and herbs.
Amanda’s French mother introduced her to “tisanes” (herbal teas) as a child. In college, Amanda took an herbal medicine course and learned about the healing properties of herbs. As an adult, she has always preferred tea over coffee.
A tragic loss inspired Amanda to explore the world of tea more seriously.
Thia McCann, owner of The Path of Tea in Houston, was the first ATMA-Certified Tea Master in the state of Texas. Sadly, Thia passed away in December 2012. While reading Thia’s obituary, Amanda learned that Thia was a Certified Tea Master. Through an online search, she discovered the American Tea Masters Association (ATMA). As fate would have it, there was a Tea Master certification class starting in January 2013!
A few days before her first class, Amanda was chatting with some friends about the Tea Master certification. A friend suggested that Amanda call herself “The Tea Mistress’”, and thus The Tea Mistress, LLC came to be!
The Tea Mistress, LLC combines Amanda’s passion for, and knowledge of, teas and tisanes with her extensive event-planning experience.
From 1990 to 1994, Amanda volunteered at various music conferences in New York, such as CMJ, New Music Seminar, and IMF. She also worked as Volunteer Coordinator and Associate Panels Coordinator of the first Philadelphia Music Conference in 1993.
From 1996 to the present time, Amanda has led social groups and meetup groups in both New York and Houston and has organized hundreds (if not thousands) of events, meetings and social activities. She has served on the planning committee of four national conventions.
Amanda currently serves as Director of Lone Star Houston Tea Festival, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. She has been the driving force behind the Lone Star Iced Tea Festival and the Houston Tea Festival.
Trainings & Certifications:
- Tea Master Certification Program, American Tea Masters Association
- Tea Blender Course, Canadian Tea Masters Association
- New World Tea Certification, I-TEI
- PetSaver Pet First Aid & CPR Certification
- Texas State Certified Food Handler