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Made in S.A.: The Armchair Anthropologist Tea Co.

Forget tea bags. This tea is hand grinded and blended and comes in more than 30 varieties.
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SAN ANTONIO — Tea has always been a staple for Hope Perini.

"I actually have been drinking tea since I was a teenager," The Armchair Anthropologist Tea Co., owner, Hope Perini said. "My grandmother used to keep it in her pantry and it was always a bagged tea and it was my go to drink."

As her tastes changed she experimented with loose lead teas. 

"I started blending my own tea as a self-care act. I worked with victims of family violence and this is how I dealt with that," Perini said. 

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That sparked her search for more flavors. 

"So I like stronger spiced teas so I like things that are black teas with ginger and cinnamon and clove and the stuff on the shelves just wasn't feeling that need," Perini said. 

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When her family moved to San Antonio the need to be home with her children  led Perini to turn her love of tea into a full time business. 

"One, I like the freedom of being able to create my own as a creative piece," Perini said. "It actually has been fantastic for my family."

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Hand grinding her own herbs then testing out blends, The Armchair Anthropologist Tea Co. now has more than 30 tea varieties. 

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"The flavor and it's extremely soothing. I always say a cup of tea soothes the soul and for me it does," Perini said. "And the reactions I get from people is just the icing on the cake. Knowing that somebody else likes it."