Get to know Thomas, Co-founder of Fusion Teas
Thomas and Theann Egbert started Fusion Teas in 2010 with the desire to delight people with tea from the very first sip. They began by curating a variety of premium yerba mate teas, and expanded from there with other herbals, hibiscus, pure teas and teaware.
“Everyone deserves to be happy and healthy. We believe tea can help you achieve this and we are here to guide you on this pursuit.”Thomas Egbert, co-founder of Fusion Teas
Fusion Teas is a small business, based in McKinney Texas. Small businesses are an integral part of a healthy American economy, so Thomas and Theann strive to make connections with every customer.
This week we sat down with Thomas to learn more about his vision for Fusion Teas.
Thomas, where did you get your start?
I have always had a passion for health and wellness and learning natural ways to live a healthier life. Theann has a background in culinary arts and attended college in San Francisco to become a chef. We both worked in the food service industry for years. We began Fusion Teas with a dream, a $10,000 credit card loan, lots of research, a strong supportive love for each other and a desire to live healthy lives.
What is your business focus?
Our love of tea started with yerba mate. Since then we have grown to appreciate and love every single type of tea and tisane for their unique characteristics in both flavor and benefits. Our teas enliven the senses and delight at the first sip. We hope to make you feel happy and healthy.
We also strongly believe in giving back to our community through philanthropic efforts, and we donate 10% of all profits to charities. Our hope is that you enjoy our teas, knowing that your purchases allow us the opportunity to give back to those in need.
What do you see as your mission or purpose?
During the first few years all the learning, growing and expanding kept us going. It was easy to keep going and we enjoyed what we did. Our purpose was to our family. We were willing to do whatever it took to give our children a better life than we had.
Our mission is to show others our passion for tea and how it can positively affect their health and happiness. We want to look for opportunities to connect with others on a deep level. Always listen and be honest and authentic. Do what you say you are going to do.
Gone are the days where only the wealthy can enjoy tea, or you had to use doilies and proper etiquette to drink tea. At our company the only in-house rules are:
- Live, Laugh and Drink Fusion Tea
- Enjoy your tea the way it was meant to be enjoyed. Anyway you like!
How do you balance quality versus price?
We aim to make great tea approachable and affordable. We offer top-quality teas from around the world without compromising quality. It helps that as a small business, we don’t have as much overhead as larger companies. And rather than mark our teas more, we choose to keep our prices reasonable, to help as many people as possible enjoy the benefits of loose leaf tea.
What’s your favorite tea?
Of course, I still love yerba mate (we carry 14 blends), particularly Extreme Mango Yerba Mate and Green Yerba Mate. I switch my go-to teas often, ranging from Roasted Almond Black Tea to Vanilla Matcha Green Tea. I love the variety innate in teas and tisanes.
Any final words about Fusion Teas?
We’re focused on making it easy for you to find teas you’ll love that make a tea ritual and a daily habit. We offer peaceful solitude from the hustle and bustle of the day. We do this by carefully sourcing and creating high quality, unique teas and tisanes that not only taste amazing but are great for you!
For the other half of the story, read our interview with Thomas’s wife Theann, co-founder of Fusion Teas!