The Tea4U Team
Kirsten Kristensen, owner
Tea Coach and Certified Tea Specialist
Maj Kristina Kristensen
Graphic Designer and Webmaster
Lin Pernille Kristensen
Photographer and Tea Taster
What We Do(for a complete list, click here)
We are a 100% green and sustainable company
We reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose all resources in the company
We buy from local and most direct and sustainable suppliers
We prefer organic and fair trade products if at all possible
We use 100% renewable energy
We are advocates of green living lifestyles
We proudly earned the "Green Machine" (highest) level on www.gogreencertificate.com
What You Can Do
Reuse shipping boxes or bags and recycle papers
Compost your steeped tealeaves
Use reusable or biodegradable cups
Buy from "green" companies
Enjoy a cup of "GREEN" tea!
We repurpose the tea bags/pouches that the loose tea is sold in. The bags are upcycled to TerraCycle, NJ
where they are repurposed into shower curtains, totes, and other similar products.
Bring back 8 empty Tea4U bags and receive 50% off your next purchase of a regular sized bag of tea.
Bring back 15 empty Tea4U bags and receive one FREE regular sized bag of tea of your choice!
Kirsten Kristensen, Owner & Founder of Tea4U at The White House in Oakhurst
Kirsten Kristensen, Tea Coach and Certified Tea Specialist, offers educational and
entertaining programs on tea. The subjects include a variety of tea related themes such as
- the history of tea,
- health benefits of tea,
- tea traditions and cultures,
- tasting of teas from around the world, and
- tea events for children and adults, including
- Bridal Teas, Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Girl Scout Teas.
Kirsten is certified at the highest professional level by the Specialty Tea Institute (STI) of the Tea Association of the USA (Level 1, 2, 3, and 4) and has spent several years living in China and Denmark. She has an Associate Degree from Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ, and a B.A. in Psychology from Thomas Edison College, NJ with special studies in health and science of nutrition. In June 2009 and October 2011 she attended the Taiwan Oolong Study Tour for tea professionals, sponsored by the Taiwan Tea Manufacturers Association and learned hands-on how to manufacture several kinds of oolong tea. On a tea tour around beautiful Sri Lanka in 2012 she experienced the growing, manufacturing, and culture of Ceylon teas and later that year explored 100+ year old tea trees and the history of dark teas in the Puer area in China.
She has had a number of articles on tea published in professional tea magazines. She is the owner and editor of the educational publication "The World of Tea". She has developed a variety of Girl Scout Tea programs and have had had more than 500 Girl Scouts attend her educational teas.
While serving as 1st Vice President on the board of the Brookdale Community College Alumni Association (2003-2008), she initiated and successfully completed the two-year College Project (2006-2008) together with the honor society Alpha Pi Theta, "Knowledge is Power - Three Cups of Tea." The purpose of the project was to promote awareness of the situation in the Karakoram region of Pakistan & Afghanistan and to raise $35,000 to humanitarian, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and author of NY bestseller "Three Cups of Tea", Greg Mortenson of Central Asia Institute in order to build a school in Northern Pakistan in the name of Brookdale. The fundraising part was completed in June 2008 and the school, the Brig Agha School in Qurmara, Pakistan, currently has 109 students (mainly girls) and three teachers who have been supported the past 8 years through Kirsten's upcycling efforts with TerraCycle.
Kirsten graduated with honors from Brookdale in 2005 with an Outstanding Student Award in Social Science. She was President of the Honor society Alpha Pi Theta of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year colleges from 2002-2003, and is a co-founder of Brookdale's chapter of Psi Beta, international honor society for psychology. She was bestowed with the International Distinguished President Award from PTK and has received several other significant awards.
She is a published author of "When Penelope travels along" (published in Denmark in 1998, Når Penelope rejser med), a practical book about expatriation, cultural adjustment and assimilation. She has a 20-year background in human resource and personal development as an Executive Assistant, Personnel Manager, Human Resource Manager, professional Business Coach and Management Consultant. As a Danish citizen she was born and lived in Denmark until 1998 when the family settled in the U.S, except for 3 years expatriation in Hong Kong from 1991-1994.She is married on her 28th year to Per, and together they have two daughters, Maj Kristina (27) and Lin Pernille (25). The family recently became American citizens.
Kirsten is a professional business networker and an active member of Shore Women's Business Network. She served four years as president of the Mid-Atlantic Tea Business Association (MATBA). She has served as Service Unit Manager of the Ocean/West Long Branch Service Unit of Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and has been a Girl Scout Leader for a decade.
In 2005 Kirsten founded and owns the business Tea 4 U, LLC, which carries a selection of quality loose teas - specialized in flavored green, black, and organic natural teas. In 2010 Kirsten and her husband Per acquired a 150-year old historic house, which they sustainably restored into The White House in Oakhurst on 45 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, open for organic tea lunches, afternoon teas, tea events and teas & tea accessories from the shop.Video about Tea4U by Gianna Zoppi
Tea4U in the NewsBusiness Spotlight Tea 4 U, Business in mOcean, GOTCC Newsletter, January 2006
Tea and Decision-making sip well together, The Hub, January 5, 2007
Caffeine in Hot Drinks, E-zine Article
Royal Copenhagen, Tea A Magazine
House of Perch, Tea A Magazine
Three Cups of Tea, Tea A Magazine
New Research on Tea shows Promising Health Effects for Tea Drinkers, Tea A Magazine
Effects of Different Steeping Methods, Tea A Magazine
Collecting Tea Tins, Tea A Magazine
Tea in Copenhagen, Tea A Magazine
Julian Tea & Cottage Arts, A Cup of Golden Tea, Tea A Magazine
The World of TeaSummer 2010 Focus on Taiwan
Tea MagazinesTea Time
The Tea House Times
The World of Tea
Tea BooksWe have over one hundred books about tea in our library. For a list of our treasured tea books, click here. To buy tea books, we recommend Half.com - you can get great deals on new and used books and other media! Buying recycled books from online thriftstores saves paper, benefits the charity and your budget.
Tea OrganizationsThe Tea Association of the USA and The Specialty Tea Institute
Mid-Atlantic Tea Business Association