Teaspressa is…

Coffee-inspired tea. We make our tea like coffee, which creates this beautiful hybrid beverage featuring the best of both worlds: consistency and caffeine-like coffee as well as the health benefits and enhanced flavors of tea.

And I was inspired to launch it when…

I just knew it was time to start something of my own and make a positive impact. I originally wanted to have a coffee bar but wanted to really stand out so I decided to focus on the tea. From the beginning, I just knew I wanted to do good, something meaningful, and build a global company.

The story behind the name…

Tea + espresso + female impact = Teaspressa. I wanted the name to have a feminine touch as this is a 100% female-owned business. At the end of the day, I was hoping to share and inspire other women who are considering starting their own businesses or taking initiative in their careers.

Best advice I received when starting the business…

Go with your gut, don’t be afraid to take the risk, don’t ever doubt yourself and make sure to be extremely ambitious.

Don’t be afraid to take the risk, don’t ever doubt yourself and make sure to be extremely ambitious.

Challenges I faced early on, and how I navigated them…

In the beginning, I felt a lot of indecisiveness and doubt. The truth was after working these problems out, it turns out you know more than you think you let yourself know. I feel as though most of my problems emerged from me not feeling confident in myself to make such big decisions and ultimately being afraid of being judged by them when/if presented. As quickly as the business grew I had to learn how to own my decisions, own being my own best professional in my business, and really trust myself. One of my favorite quotes I recently heard that resonated so much is “the only thing worse than a bad decision is not making a decision at all.”

Allison’s Cape Town tea, featured in the Limited-Edition Seed Box.

I embrace ambition by…

Trusting myself and going with what my gut tells me to do first before overthinking it. I also embrace my ambition by confidently representing my business, whether it be my demeanor through casual conversation or thoroughly defending my wants and needs in negotiations.

Ways I stay motivated to achieve my goals…

I like to set myself mini weekly goals, monthly goals, and big-picture goals. Above all, my most favorite goals to set are the big-picture ones; they are so fun and I have to admit that I am a dreamer. In being a dreamer in business, however, I’ve realized that in order to make these dreams happen, I have to build that ladder up. There were several times when I got lost in the mix, felt incomplete or that no movement was happening — now, if I set mini goals, I can see the small steps I’m taking to get to the big goal. I’ve realized that I could keep myself accountable in attaining these goals by celebrating the smaller accomplishments that lead to huge successes in the business. It is the most incredible feeling to see those dream goals done, in action, and to then really appreciate the journey it took to get there.