Hello! My name is Eleanor Albanese and I’m the creator of Tea Of Fortunata. We provide local and organic premium teas made with ingredients from our own gardens in the beautiful Northern Ontario region of Thunder Bay. We have dozens of unique blends of black teas, white teas, green teas, and herbal tisanes. Our mission is to promote happiness, health, well-being, and the joy of connecting with each other over a cup of tea.
I’ve been drinking tea since longer ago than I can remember. It seems that all the significant moments in my life have been accompanied by a cup of tea: tea with my grandmother, tea to warm up from bitter cold winter nights, tea to celebrate birthdays and tea for wiping away tears.
Tea became a constant in my adult life as well. For me, tea symbolizes home, nesting, friendship and warmth. It’s not surprising then, that as an adult, I feel drawn to harvesting my own ingredients for tea and making my own concoctions.
I have always loved tea, and for years I’ve been inventing my own blends from fresh, quality ingredients, hand-harvested from small gardens. I’ve carefully refined each of these recipes over many years through my own testing along with feedback from friends and family who’ve received all of my carefully-honed tea recipes as gifts over the years.
One day last August, I had spent the morning harvesting herbs from my own garden and wild-harvesting a few handfuls of clover from a nearby forest. I made myself a cup of tea. In that moment, I felt an overwhelming joy for the memory of my grandmother, and an inspiration to share that joy with the world. I told my friends and family about this inspiration and, after many shared pots of tea, we created a plan to start sharing Tea Of Fortunata with the world.
My Italian grandmother, Fortunata, has always been an inspiration and influence in my life. She grew her own food, lived simply, was utterly dedicated to her family, and told captivating stories about life as a young mother raising a family during the Great Depression.
When we visited her, she welcomed us into her home and always put on the kettle for tea and baked treats. If we were lucky, she read our tea leaves, but warned us not to tell anyone because it was considered “superstitious.” Everything she made had the touch of someone who put love into her food. Everything was carefully harvested from the garden and made into something marvelous for her loved ones. She was also artful in the way that she made up a simple bouquet of pansies, or arranged fresh baking onto a beautiful china dish.
Fortunata often cooked with ingredients from her own garden, lovingly crafting delicious meals, snacks, and teas for the people she cared about.
She taught me about about the importance of feeling connected to the food I eat, knowing where my food comes from, learning how to prepare food, and taking the time to learn from others. When I decided to start up my own tea company, I knew that I wanted to bring that same attention and energy into my tea blends.
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I am committed to infusing Tea of Fortunata with the same ethics and dedication to craft that my grandmother taught me:
- Our ingredients must be of the highest quality and therefore, most of my blends are made from organic ingredients and/or harvested from local micro farms. I also wild-harvest from the wilds of Northern Ontario a variety of ingredients for my herbal blends.
- Our imported teas must be from fair trade sources and ethical partnerships. My Italian grandmother may not have known the term “fair trade” but she did know poverty and she did feel the effects firsthand of work that was unfairly paid.
- Each package of tea has been hand-crafted and blended in small batches. I remember as a very young child, learning to make “scalilli”―a deep fried cookie dipped in honey― with my grandmother. While we were rolling out the batter, she placed her hands lightly over mine so that I could learn the rhythm of the rolling pin and how much pressure to apply, all through her hands. It’s this same hand-to-hand vitality that I transfer into the Tea of Fortunata blends.