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It started as a hobby in the basement of the White Hart Inn in Salisbury, Connecticut and was shared only with inn guests. Now, over 30 years later, their 90,000 square foot facility in Millerton, New York ships to fans across the globe. Join us as we spill the tea on the Harney family and the story behind their tea business. The origins of how John and Elyse Harney gave birth to five children, a tea company, and a real estate business makes for funny, moving, and absolutely riveting listening. Tune in to the new 6 part Podcast, “As the Tea Steeps” presented by Emeric and Alexander Harney available now on iTunes andGoogle Play. Don't have iTunes or Google Play accounts? Listen now on Libsyn.

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As The Tea Steeps Episode 1 - Memories of A Matriarch

Welcome to the first episode of As The Tea Steeps, a podcast series about how tea shaped our family and how our family shaped tea in 21st century America. In our debut episode, Emeric & Alex Harney sit down with their grandmother and wife of Harney & Sons Founder, Elyse Harney.

Listen now oniTunes and Google Play. If you don't have either listening services, you can stream now on Libsyn.

As The Tea Steeps Episode 2 - Memories of A Tea Connoisseur

In the second episode of As The Tea Steeps, Emeric & Alex Harney sit down with International Tea Connoisseur James Norwood Pratt and their grandmother Elyse Harney. Find out how Norwood got his start in tea, and how he met and started a lifelong relationship with the Harney family.

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paul-john-mike-harneyAs The Tea Steeps Episode 3 - There's No Business Like The Tea Business 

In the third episode of As The Tea Steeps, Emeric & Alex Harney continue their conversation with James Norwood Pratt and Elyse Harney, touching on the founding years of Harney & Sons Fine Teas, and how Elyse supported the tea company with a venture of her very own!

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As The Tea Steeps Episode 4 - The World According to Mike

In the fourth episode of As The Tea Steeps, we introduce our Michael Harney, 2nd son of founder John Harney. Mike shares how he ended up with the great gift of tasting and the early years of the company. Also joining for Episode 4 is renowned tea broker and family friend Marcus Wulf, who helped Michael deliver on his promise to make Harney & Sons a company that has a tradition of delivering directly from the source.

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As The Tea Steeps Episode 6 - Sons & Daughters

In the fifth episode of As The Tea Steeps, Emeric and Alex introduce the 4th and 5th children of Harney & Sons Founder,  John Harney. Paul and Elyse grew up in the earliest years of the company, working on weekends helping their father. They share their first memories of the company, their first jobs and how they later came back to work and support Harney & Sons. Grab your favorite cup of tea and sit back for an enjoyable, though brief episode. Tune in every other week for a new episode! 

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As The Tea Steeps Episode 6 - Sons & Daughters

In the final episode of our first season of As The Tea Steeps, Emeric and Alex continue their interview with Paul and Elyse and learn about Paul's story, from his years in the military, into a family trucking company and back to the family tea company. Paul's insight into operations and product differentiation are one of the key factors that Harney & Sons grew the way it did. Tune in for our last episode today!

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Thanks for listening! We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about our family. Want to learn more about the history of tea? Check out some of our favorites below:


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Julie Neu
Julie Neu

April 06, 2018

We’ve been regular visitors in Millerton for years and thus already knew some of the origin story and have met some of the members of the Harney family, but we still devoured the podcast. Thanks for putting the pod together and sharing your backstory.

Stack
Stack

March 31, 2018

I just discovered this podcast and I am enjoying it quite a bit. I’ve been around tea all my life, but it has only been in the last few years where I’ve appreciated it more. I’ve been primarily buying the 2$ samples to try as many of your teas as I can. I love your Hot Cinnamon, and Malachi McCormick!!
In the future of this podcast, I would LOVE to hear from the masters about your teas, steep times, temperatures, how you evaluate teas and things like that.
I’m still learning a lot about teas. For example, I /JUST/ discovered a few months ago that brewing a Green tea at a lower temperature and shorter steep time made them more appealing to me. I used to brew them like I did Black teas. I’ve found that I can brew a cup of your Scottish Morn, leave it steeping in the cup and drink, then refill the cup with hot water many times through the day and I love the stronger taste at first and the milder taste at the end of day. I also really like your All India, but I can NOT let it steep for long before it gets too bitter for me.
These things I’ve figured out on my own but I’d love to hear on the podcast how you brew and evaluate teas.
Thanks!

Sue Scott
Sue Scott

March 28, 2018

I loved hearing about the kids getting started in the business so early when the business was based at home, and how the conveyor belt ran through the greenhouse into the basement. Truly a labor of love.

John Millstead
John Millstead

February 19, 2018

I am thoroughly enjoying the new podcast. I listened to all three episodes over the weekend and can’t wait until further installments. Way to go!

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