About Nellie's Tea & Gifts
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The knowledge of tea is a never-ending process of learning! We invite you to join our tea tasting classes, tea topic discussion groups, or visit our tea blog, "Brewing." I invite you to e-mail me with questions or requests in order to provide the assistance you might need.
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Hello! And welcome to Nellie’s Tea and Gifts. Nellie’s is all about tea and everything related. Established in late 2003, our mission is to offer the highest quality teas at a good value, educate our consumers about the wonderful world of tea, and promote the culture and civility associated with having tea.
Our teas are carefully selected from a variety of suppliers, whose credentials and contacts in tea growing regions we trust implicitly. Along with tea, we also carefully choose an array of specialty items not found in other places. This includes accoutrements, tea service pieces, books related to tea, cards, jewelry, and unique gifts especially chosen for the tea lover. We offer a selection of teas appropriate for a beginner, a connoisseur, and anyone in between. And, if you want to learn more about tea, we’re happy to share our knowledge with you.
You can also find our teas at these local stores and cafes: Verbena Eat Right Now in South Portland; Carter's Green Market in Gorham; The Local Buzz in Cape Elizabeth; The Saco River Market in Saco; The Old Farm Store Christmas Shop in Cape Elizabeth, and other farmer's markets and special events throughout the area.
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Nellie’s is owned by Marianne Russo, one of a select group of Certified Tea Specialists in the world. A member of the U.S. Tea Association and the Specialty Tea Institute, she has been fortunate to study with the “stars” of the world of tea, such as:… Pearl Dexter of TEA, A Magazine, John Harney, founder of Harney and Sons Fine Teas, Richard Guzauskas, consultant to numerous tea companies, Dan Roberston, owner of The Tea House and World Tea Tours, and so many other fine professionals. Marianne has traveled to China and Japan to learn about the cultures of tea firsthand, and attends several professional industry education conferences annually.
Marianne’s passion for tea began as a young girl growing up in a household with a British father, but her exploration in the world of tea has broadened to focus on the ancient cultures where tea originated almost 5,000 years ago.
Marianne has presented to a variety of groups and organizations on the topics of tea and related subjects, including Girl Scout groups, the Greater Portland Cancer Community Center, several area adult education programs, and other private and public venues. She has served tea to groups large and small and loves working with a hostess to plan a special tea event for guests. References are provided upon request.