Shiuwen Tai

Shiuwen Tai

Shiuwen created a teahouse called Floating Leaves with the intent of bringing Eastern and Western cultures together over a pot of tea.
She grew up in Taiwan, where her journey with tea began at her uncle’s tea table. For her, tea brings people together.
In Seattle, tea developed a deeper significance for her. It's a tether to her home culture and a way to connect with her host culture.
Now she sees her position as a sort of bridge between East and West, sharing the knowledge and teas she’s picked up from Taiwanese tea masters with an American audience. There have been countless times when, after a tea class, participants look up at Shiuwen and say ‘no one has ever talked about tea like this to me before’. She has a fresh perspective and she is an excellent teacher.

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