About Karen Gardiner
Sharing a Passion for Tea with Every Cup | Karen Gardiner – Owner of Artful Tea
I’m passionate about quality tea and enjoy searching for and sampling tea from all over the world. But what delights me most is introducing others to the many pleasures of great tea.
My love of tea prompted me to open a tea shop called Kindred Spirit in Key West, Florida, back in September 2000. I attended my first World Tea Expo in 2002, and I still go each year to meet tea growers from around the world, take classes in blending, keep up-to-date on tea's health benefits, and – mostly – taste hundreds of teas.
In 2006, when one door closed (alas, Kindred Spirit could endure no more hurricanes), another door opened and I found myself moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Before I was even settled, I got requests from former customers who wanted to order the tea they’d grown to love at Kindred Spirit, so I launched ArtfulTea in 2007 as an online business.
Since then, ArtfulTea has grown into two physical locations: one at the Santa Fe Farmers Market, and the other just 2 blocks from the Historic Santa Fe Plaza. If you're ever in "the City Different" please come see us at 117 Galisteo Street. And be sure to introduce yourself when you come by!
The tea collection at ArtfulTea includes more than 80 exceptional teas. I personally blend many of these teas myself and we carefully package each and every tea by hand. I'm grateful to have the chance to share my passion for tea with you.