Noli Ergas never really "got into" tea; it just sort of grew on him. During a few years living in Japan, he became accustomed to the standard daily teas (e.g. sencha, genmaicha, hojicha), seasonal teas (e.g. mugicha), and the traditional tea of Japanese tea ceremony (i.e. matcha), all as a part of everyday life.
Noli's studies have taken him all over the map, both academically and geographically, with a BA in Geology (University of Pennsylvania), a MS in Biology (University of Washington), and a Teaching Certification in Japanese (Seattle Pacific University). His education provides a solid scientific background to help in understanding the biological mechanisms by which tea benefits our health. With his background in education, Noli enjoys teaching classes on anything from organic tea farming to Japanese Tea 101 as part of the Sugimoto America team.