I’m on a mission to show the world just how versatile and wonderful the beverage of tea truly is.
But first, let me introduce myself properly….
Hi! I’m Lu Ann Pannunzio, tea enthusiast + writer and of course, the author of The Cup of Life tea blog. It’s so nice to meet you.
I have been a self proclaimed “teaaholic” since I was about 7 years old. It all started with a cute, little wooden box that contained strawberry flavoured tea bags. As most can imagine, it was hard to stay away after just one sip.
I initially started this tea blog in 2011 so I could have a place to share my writing that was created with help from an inspirational cup of tea by my side. Since then, I have learned so much about the beverage and I have been making this blog become my own little home of tea culture that I am happy to share with the world. My palate has changed immensely since I first started indulging in tea. My look on the world of tea has also changed and my interest kept growing.
Like life, I believe that tea is what you make it and The Cup of Life’s main goal is to help readers enjoy tea in more than one way. It’s not just for drinking! Thank you so much for joining. It is my joy to teach and share everything I know about the Leaf with you.
Prepare yourself a cup of tea while reading my writing here. You can also catch some of my written pieces in The Daily Tea, Fresh Cup Magazine and Happiness+Wellbeing Magazine.
happy steeping & sipping,
Lu Ann Pannunzio
Where did the name The Cup of Life come from?
Believe it or not, it didn’t come from the Ricky Martin song. When I was younger I used to talk about always wanted to open up a tea shop and bakery. If you ever watched the show What I Liked About You, the bakery in the newer episodes is what I always imagined what mine would look like. My love for tea was still growing then but I knew I wanted tea to be a huge part of it and I wanted to name it The Cup of Life, because that’s exactly what I believe tea to be. Fast forward a few years, I was looking at started a new blog, strictly tea related, and I thought I would name it what I wanted to name my future tea shop and here we are.
Do you still want to own a tea shop one day?
No, I don’t. I’ve given it a lot of thought, and I don’t want my tea profession to go into that direction. I like working with other tea companies. I like writing about tea and I really, really love sharing tea moments with others. Sometimes I do still think that maybe when I’m a lot older a fun tea shop and bakery would be nice before I retire but that is many, many years in the future.
What is your favourite tea?
This is the hardest question to answer, ever. Yet, I’m also responsible for asking people this same question, too. It’s difficult to answer not only because I have a lot of teas I love, but also because my favourites change regularly. I would say that I favour a lot of roasted oolongs lately, though. And if I am selecting a favourite tea based on my connection with it, I would say Darjeeling as it was the first high-quality loose leaf tea I tried and made me want to explore more.
Want to learn more about me? Check out my post “10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About My Tea Lifestyle”