The Chesser Roe Team

 

Adrain Chesser - snow shot

ADRAIN CHESSER-RØE
Founder | Product & Experience Development
a@chesserroe.com

 

What do you do for CR?

Product and Experience Development, which means I am blessed to have the amazing job of tasting a lot of tea and other drinks made with tea, like boba. I also get to work on things like the experience you have when unpacking a box of tea from Chesser Roe when you order it online.

 

Where is the oddest place you’ve ever had a cup of tea?

In the hollow stump of a redwood tree that was the size of a room, the walls were charred black from a fire, it felt holy like being in a beautiful cathedral. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

 

What is your favorite CR tea and why?

Whichever one I'm drinking at any given moment. To be honest, if I didn't personally love it for one reason or another we wouldn't be selling it. Currently I'm drinking Dragonwell in the morning and either Silver Needles or Elliot Bay Grey in the afternoon.

 

Do you consider yourself a true tea nerd?

YES! But more accurately I really consider myself to be a Universalist. I can be moved profoundly by drinking a rare and exceptional oolong and I can also be truly happy drinking PG Tips with milk and sugar.

 

What is your favorite book (doesn’t need to be tea related) and why?

Thats easy!  "The Little Friend" by Donna Tart, I think it's a masterpiece and I don't say that lightly. It's something incredibly hard to achieve. It has a certain sense of perfection coupled with immaculate craftsmanship. Nothing is left unconsidered and nothing is overwrought. It's set in the 70"s in the Deep South and the protagonist is a young girl. While it was easy for me to love and relate to because I grew up in the South during the 70's, I am always hyper vigilant when it comes to works of art about the south because there is such a propensity for caricature when it comes to portraying southerners. No one should ever mistake our politeness for weakness.

 

What was the first time in your life you drank tea?

Well, growing up in the south, they put sweet tea in our bottle as a baby. But the first time I truly had a transcendent experience drinking tea was about 30 years ago. I realized that I had to stop drinking coffee because it made me really mean and I was making everyone miserable including myself. I walked into a tea shop and I said "make me a cup of tea, please" and they made me a Tung Ting oolong and it tasted like butter and orchids and peaches and my head just kind of exploded. I was in awe at what I was tasting and it all came from this very simple leaf and hot water.

 

Randy and Maria

MARIA SPARIS
Founder | Herbalist & Master Blender
maria@chesserroe.com

RANDY HAGOOD
Founder | Manufacturing & Supply Chain Operations
randy@chesserroe.com

 

 

What do you do for CR?

Randy: I have 18 years experience in the tea industry. I serve on the board of directors and I am in charge of all warehouse blending operations.
Maria: I serve as the board of directors as Vice President. I have 18 years experience in the tea industry. I develop and test all of our tea blends and I source new teas and Ingredients.

 

Where is the oddest place you’ve ever had a cup of tea?

Randy: on the coast of Iceland during a winter storm.
Maria: In a cafe, in Transylvania, outside Dracula’s castle.

 

What is your favorite CR tea and why?

Randy: Samurai. I love all the main ingredients and how they complement each other.
Maria: The next one we develop 😂  I’m enamored by the process of developing new blends. The one that’s right around the corner is always my favorite.

 

Do you consider yourself a true tea nerd?

Randy: No answer.
Maria: Yes! Esoteric tea details make my day. And I love nothing better than talking tea.

 

What is your favorite book (doesn’t need to be tea related) and why?

Randy: A Land Remembered. A great recount of early settlers in Florida.
Maria: Straight Man. Funniest book I’ve ever read.

 

What was the first time in your life you drank tea?

Randy: I’m from the south. I grew up drinking iced tea.
Maria: I don’t remember not drinking tea. My mother was British.

 

 

SUSAN TRUAX
Founder | Wholesale Sales & Marketing
susan@chesserroe.com

What is your role at Chesser Roe?

I am one of the founders of Chesser Roe and focus mainly on wholesale sales and marketing. My previous career was in hospitality and I adore meeting new people, getting to know them and their vision and supporting their ambitions in the best way I can.

 

Do you consider yourself a true tea nerd?

Tea to me is a magical mixture of paradox. Relaxing and energizing; grounding and uplifting; a solitary meditation and the perfect way to welcome guests; a ritual to connect with the self as well as those across oceans – tea offers a bit of everything in one simple cup.

 

What's the strangest place you've ever had a cup of tea?

The most surprising place I’ve had a cup of tea was in the middle of the bush near Murchison Falls in Northern Uganda. A small group on a day trip away from the typical tourist areas, we stopped for lunch and while the guides formed a perimeter to keep watch for curious lions, I stared in amazement as the tailgate of the Land Cruiser transformed into a buffet of Italian salami, cheeses, fruit, bread and of course, tea – in proper cups.


ABIGAIL CARTER
Founder | Marketing Director
abigail@chesserroe.com

 

What is your role at Chesser Roe?

I do all things marketing and social media related, from emails, to social media posts to hosting our new Book Club! 

 

Where is the oddest place you've ever had a cup of tea?

The south of France. Since I don't drink coffee at all, I discovered the hard way that France is a rather difficult place to find a cup of tea. I sat in a beautiful plaza in Arles on a sunny morning and ordered tea with milk and they thought I was crazy. Tea that tastes like coffee is not a happy experience! 

 

What is your favorite Chesser Roe Tea?

I'm a morning tea drinker and so for me, it's either Elliot Bay Grey or Pacific Fog. I also love Campfire Chai, as my grandmother taught me to love Lapsang Souchong as a child. A weird one to like as a little girl, but it always reminds me of her. 

 

Do you consider yourself a true tea nerd?

I can't say I'm the type of tea nerd who does tea tastings and can tell which plantation in China an oolong comes from, but I do order my tea by the pound. Does that count?

 

What is your favorite book?

I am myself an author, so this is a particularly hard question for me. There are so many books I adore. Lately, I've been reading Ursula Le Guin, trying to learn from her beautiful prose. I'm also Canadian, so I love Margaret Atwood and Alice Monroe. Haha. I guess I'm listing my favorite authors here! Honestly, I don't think I can narrow it down to one book!

 

What was the first time you drank tea?

I think it was with the same grandmother who taught me to love Lapsang Souchong. She used to make us "tea" at "teatime" which I think was 90% milk and a heaping teaspoon of sugar (which is how I still like my tea). She'd put it in delicate teacups and we'd sit at her knee and dip our Peek Frean "Nice" sugar cookies (you will need to be Canadian to understand) into our sweet, milky tea.

 

 Carlos Iberra

CARLOS IBARRA
Shopkeeper, White Salmon
carlos@chesserroe.com

Hi! My name is Carlos. I serve tea & boba for Chesser Roe at the local harvest Market in white salmon. My favorite tea is easily puher, because of its earthy flavor & relaxing effect. My first time trying puher tea was actually at the Chesser Roe Tea Bar pre-covid19. Before that, I didn't consider myself a "tea nerd." Still don't, but I do enjoy learning the basics & appreciating a nice cup of tea.

 

LUCAS ANCKE
Distribution
lucas@chesserroe.com

 

What is your role at Chesser Roe?

I mostly assist in backend operations like manufacturing of products, fulfilling online orders, but I can sometimes be found working the tea bar at Harvest Market in White Salmon.

 

What's the strangest place you've ever had a cup of tea?

The oddest place I've ever had a cup of tea was up in the Goat Rocks Wilderness on the side of a mountain.

 

What are your favorite Chesser Roe teas?

My favorite of CR's teas must be the Sacral Chakra blend; nothing beats a well-done cup of rooibos-based herbal tea.

 

Do you consider yourself a true tea nerd?

I'm rapidly becoming a tea nerd with all that CR has to offer. I never knew the world of tea had so much depth, practicality, and choice. There are still some that I need to try. I may find a new favorite all over again!

 

What is your favorite book?

If I had to pick a favorite book it would be Dune by Frank Herbert, because (besides being mind-blowing) it is foundational to all the modern science fiction stories that we all know (Star Wars wouldn't exist without it!). Herbert lived in Washington State and had strong values tied to the ecology of the area. He pulled inspiration from this incredible area (the Oregon dunes specifically) for a story based over 3000 years in the future that will stay relevant forever.