The Botanical Store. Retail Tea and Skincare.

Retail Tea Melbourne

Storm in a Teacup has partnered with Melbourne based skincare range The Botanical Store to bring you a retail haven of plant based skincare and tea.   Finally Storm in a Teacup is back on the street and offering a progressive new approach to retail. The Botanical Store is blending bar and dispensary of high …

March 25, 2018

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Calling in the Winter Solstice with Tea at Dark MOFO

Hannah Dupree Brewing tea at The Winter Feast Dark MOFO

The Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania hosts two festivals each year to celebrate the solstices. These festivals are unique, I believe in the world, for their courageous, raw and subversive aesthetic, this combined with the lavish setting of MONA and Hobart, offers an unfiltered experience that honours the collective and the individual. …

June 22, 2017

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Eat It. Melbourne’s Favourite Food Show.

Ancient tea leaf from Yunnan

Every week between 12-1pm on a Sunday afternoon, Melbourne foodies tune in to listen to Cameron Smith & Matt Steadman wax lyrical about all things fabulous in food and drink. They have regular market chats about the seasonal fruit & veg, they talk to local and international chefs, bartenders, small business owners and fanatics. For …

May 8, 2017

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Let Nature In. The Story of an Elemental Adventure.

For the first three weeks of April, Hannah undertook a road trip up the east coast of Australia and around inland NSW. Her intention was to come to an embodied understanding of the Five Elements at play within tea ritual. She didn’t really get what she was seeking in the way she hoped she would, …

May 3, 2017

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Workshops and Ceremonies.

Japanese Tea Ceremony in Warburton, Victoria

We are tickle pink to see how beautifully our workshops and tea ceremonies have been received in 2017. It is just so special to be able to share our skills, knowledge and hearts with you all through the medium of education and ritual.   We are holding tea ceremonies on the last Sunday of every …

March 31, 2017

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A Nice Cup of Tea by George Orwell 12/01/1946

Perfectly Brewed Loose Leaf Tea

A Nice Cup of Tea By George Orwell Evening Standard, 12 January 1946. If you look up ‘tea’ in the first cookery book that comes to hand you will probably find that it is unmentioned; or at most you will find a few lines of sketchy instructions which give no ruling on several of the …

March 24, 2017

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How to buy and store matcha.

Matcha, Kyoto, Stone Grinding

Matcha is currently booming in popularity. It is so good for you, it has such a fabulous history, it covers all bases from green kit kats to the refined heights of a tea ceremony in Kyoto. It is full of catechins and other antioxidants, theanine, caffeine, and all the science based health benefits, it is …

March 17, 2017

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A Simple Matcha Ritual (How to Make a Bowl of Tea)

Offering tea ceremony to the ocean in Japan

Storm in a Teacup’s Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Bowl of Matcha.   The easiest way to consume matcha is to just shake it with water in a bottle then pour it into a glass, or just throw it into a delicious green smoothie without any fuss at all. But if you want to drink …

May 26, 2016

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When you reach an impasse, Change form & move through.


Morning Tea Meditation. This practice – 3 bowls of tea drunk in silence every morning – has created the space in my life to facilitate the massive changes that are coming within this business. Needing, the real kind of needing as opposed to wanting, more time with family & myself, more time with friends & …

June 7, 2015

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Talking Tea on Radio National

Tea is for Sharing

A couple of weeks ago Hannah had a chat about all things tea with Anita Barraud on Radio National’s First Bite. Below is a link through to transcript  of the interview and a little sound clip of the chat.   RN First Bite Interview      

November 6, 2014

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An afternoon with Mr Chen.


A recommendation of ex Melbourne, Taiwan based tea guru Scott Writer, The E Syan Tsun Co. Ltd 意翔村茶葉有 限公司 is located in an alley way above Daan Park in Central Taipei. It’s a humble room staked on one side with large sacks and foil bags of tea, on the other are two tables the first, Mr. Chen was sitting at, …

June 26, 2014

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Old World vs New World Tea

Perfectly Brewed Loose Leaf Tea.

The Old World/ New World differentiation in tea is similar to the differentiation of Old World and New World wines, partly historical, partly geographical. Old World tea is tea produced in and around it’s indigenous environment; China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam & India while New World tea is grown in Taiwan, Africa, Australia, South America, Hawaii, …

May 20, 2014

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It’s Autumn, It’s Cake time!

Our Persian Love Cake has become an institution in Collingwood since it was introduced to Hannah by Emma and Matt two of our favourite regulars. We’ve adjusted the traditional recipe resulting in a softer & less sweet cake full of the glorious flavours of almonds, nutmeg, yoghurt and rose. Ingredients: 100g Hazelnuts, 400g Brown Sugar, …

April 3, 2014

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