Author(s): Maryanne Shearer
T2 Creative Director Maryanne Shearer brings you T2's playful and hip take on tea from leaf to cup: how to pick, process, brew, drink and share it. Maryanne tells her story of how T2 began and the secrets of its success through the sensory theatre of the stores, the colourful tea paraphernalia, Maryanne's penchant for black and her desire to encourage tea drinkers to take risks and try new flavours. Fascinating facts about the history of tea, how tea it is grown, picked and processed and the many different varieties are presented with vibrant and stylish imagery that is distinctively T2. There's info on how to make the perfect cuppa, when to add milk and sugar and the bag versus loose leaf debate. Tea ceremonies from around the world are explored as well as the health benefits of tea and recipes for delicious tea-infused dishes.
Maryanne Shearer and her business partner, Jan O'Connor, opened their first T2 store in 1996. In 2012 Maryanne was awarded Veuve Clicquot's AustralianBusiness Woman of the Year. T2 continues to grow nationally and internationally and employs over 700 people. In 2013 T2 was sold to Unilever, but Maryanne remains as Managing Director and is passionate about global expansion of the brand."