TASTE THE DIFFERENCE
Welcome to the wondrous world of Zhena's. We offer exquisite teas and herbal infusions of exceptional character and rich underlying attributes. Combining the ancient tea blending principles that began with the earliest monks and herbalists with the latest health research, Zhena's produces hand-crafted, premium quality, all natural and organic healthy infusions to please the palate and delight the senses. We take pride in selling only teas that are 100% organic and 100% Fair Trade certified.
In 2000, Zhena was faced with the most difficult challenge of her life when her son, Sage, was born with a severe birth defect. Barely making ends meet, and with no health insurance to cover Sage’s mounting medical costs, Zhena was determined to earn the income necessary to support the needs of her son and finance the surgeries needed to ensure Sage’s survival. With her degree in aromatherapy, love of tea and a small collection of money from friends and family, Zhena embraced her Ukrainian gypsy ancestry and began peddling her teas out of a cart on California street corners. Believing that selling her tins of tea could alter fate, Zhena became a purveyor of hope and the founder of Zhena’s. Today Sage is a healthy, energetic boy and the company is an Award Winning Brand, delighting consumers around the globe.
Today Zhena focuses on growing our sustainability efforts, developing the formulas for our newest tea products and devoting herself to "The Robin Hood Laptop Project" (www.robinhoodlaptopproject.com), which she created in 2012 in order to help the children of our tea workers to receive added educational materials and computers. The program strives to broaden the education of the children and help teach the skills that will help their community grow in sustainability and organic practices, leading to a more sustainable and organic tea industry.
Zhena is also an inspirational speaker (to book, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org) and speaks all over the nation on women's empowerment, green business and the world of tea. She is often a guest on both television and radio, and is known as a groundbreaker and leader in the world of sustainability and fair trade activism. We like to call her our "mission-keeper" since her focus is to ensure our teas are the best tasting, highest caliber sustainable product (organic, biodynamic and fair trade) and to spread health and happiness through her inspirational story of success against the odds. She resides in Ojai California with her children, and has a book soon to be published, "Life by the Cup," that she has been carefully crafting in the same spirit she crafts our formulas—with love!
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Winner Socially Responsible Business for Corporate Ethics
Winner Enterprising Women of the YearWinner Golden Addy for Packaging Design
Winner Natural Products Expo Best New Packaging
Winner Nutrition Business Growth Achievement