Founder of International Tea Education Institute
ITEI Certified Tea Master
ITEI Training Director
Japanese Tea expert
World Teas Sourcing expertise
Tea Import/Export & Distribution Expert
International Business Development expert
Keynote Speaker for tea Lectures and conferences
Tea Menus Consultant for the hospitality industry
In Sylvana's world, the words written on her heart read, "The journey of a hundred cups ... begins with a single sip." For 25 years, Sylvana has dedicated her life to tea, the beautiful and flavorful drink steeped in ancient and recent history. Even as a teenager, she knew that tea was not just any common beverage, so she would often spend her days drinking and studying the nuances of Russian and Armenian teas. It was in Europe where she discovered KEIKO tea, the finest of Japanese teas, and decided to pursue her dream of mastering the art of tea. Today, Sylvana, a multilingual ITEI Certified in Mastery of the Art of Tea, believes dedication to tea is of utmost importance passion is not enough.
Mastering the art of tea is a lifelong learning process, and it does not end with the training Sylvana offers. It is useful as it allows for decisive knowledge in handling tea, tea lists, and everything about the tea experience. The more she learns about tea, the more she realizes that tea shapes her lifestyle making every cup she drinks or shares an additional step towards enlightenment. She has recently launched the International Tea Education Institute where students will obtain various professional tea certifications corresponding to each student ambition and career in tea. Those aiming for Authentic and Genuine Tea Mastery, an educational journey that is difficult to attain, but after hard work and dedication, they will understand the endless horizons of such aim and how we guide you through this lifelong journey. At her new school, Sylvana offers an extraordinary opportunity. The classes will be held across Canada, USA, Latin America, Europe, Dubai, India, Asia and South East Asia.
Her commitment to everything tea manifests in the numerous organizations in which she is involved, as well as her time spent working and traveling for the cause of tea, both domestically and internationally, and particularly in Europe. During her ten years in France, Sylvana worked as a business development consultant serving multi-national companies and governments. Traveling extensively to Japan has also played a vital role in her understanding of tea tastes, history, flavors, and serving styles. This is where she became a true expert on Japanese tea, built strong relationships with suppliers, and developed a unique connection to the Japanese culture. This was also the seed for her tea-focused business. With insight and expertise, she pioneered matcha, tea-based desserts and sweets to North America under her company, Top Taste International.
Sylvana successfully utilizes her law degree and her background in public relations to advance today's growing tea category. She consults with tea-loving entrepreneurs, assisting them in implementing ideas, building strategies, and inspiring and expanding their overall vision about the world of tea.
Sylvana thinks "outside the tea box" and enthusiastically searches for ways to further incorporate tea into the world around us. Recently featured in the Chicago Shimpo magazine, it was noted that her presentation at the Japanese Green Tea Showcase, October 20th, 2011, was exceptional and that she offered "comprehensive information about green tea." The article also mentioned her revolutionary concept for introducing tea lists into the menus of restaurants, much like wine lists. She hosts Tea Workshops in North America and lectures at tea symposiums around the world. Frequent comments like, "What a memorable experience!" are heard. With a sparkling personality and unmatched enthusiasm, Sylvana herself is much like the tea she sources: rare.