Born and brought up in Shillong, Suzana who is based in Bangalore. She is a certified ‘Tea Connoisseur’. We spoke to her to know more about her work.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and brought up in Shillong. I graduated from Lady Keane College and moved to Bangalore in 2005. I worked in Convergys for five years. After which, I moved to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in 2011, and I am still working there. My family is in Shillong. They live in Malki. They’ve got nothing to do with tea but I am a certified tea connoisseur from Infinitea, Bangalore. It is the first Tea Bar in India.
Can you tell us about your most recent ‘Tea Tasting Event’?
I conducted one in July in Shillong and it was called ‘Tea Tasting Event’ at Dylan’s Cafe, I believe it is the first one to be held in Shillong. I offered five different kinds of tea on the menu for Rs 499. They were:
White Tea (Meghalaya)
Black Tea (Meghalaya)
Lapsang Souchong (China)
Viatnam Lotus Tea (Vietnam) and a complimentary Oolong tea from Meghalaya.
How did you get interested in something so unique?
I experimented and developed my taste for Chinese green tea when I was really young at a restaurant called Abba. But since green tea or any other fine tea was not easily available back then, I had to stick to CTC tea and held on to it till I reached Bangalore. While I was sitting for an induction to join a particular company where I worked only for a brief moment, one of the speakers spoke on how difficult it is to make tea since one has to keep in mind so many subtle details. Right from the water source to its temperature, tea selection and other details, I thought I should experiment more. I exposed myself to a variety of teas from across the world.
Do you want to expand this interest?
Yes, I am looking at multiple options to expand this interest and passion of mine.
As told to Sanskrita Bharadwaj
Photo Credit- Suzana Syiem