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Heather Agosta and Chuck Bauman: Deeply in Love with Tea

The Jasmine Pearl

Text by James Norwood Pratt • Photography Courtesy of The Jasmine Pearl

“In the mid-1990s, I began working at a Portland [Oregon] bookshop called New Renaissance Bookstore, where I met my future husband, Chuck,” Heather Agosta wrote me. “The owners, Jamey and Darlene, kept the bookshop stocked with delicious teas for customers and staff, and Chuck and I began to explore new varieties of tea together. He had no previous familiarity with tea, but true appreciation took hold when fate led him to Jasmine Pearls. He was love-struck, and witnessing the discovery was quite amazing. He was so dazzled by the tea that he began to take Jasmine Pearls with him everywhere, offering a cup to anybody who would have one. Sharing fine tea this way with friends, or even strangers, introduced a new dynamic in our social life.”

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