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Seven Questions with David DeCandia, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's Master Tea Blender

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's Master Tea Blender David DeCandia picking tea
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Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's Master Tea Blender David DeCandia picking tea | Photo courtesy of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..."
Today's subject is David DeCandia.

As Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's Master Tea Blender, Dave is responsible for sourcing, development and internal education on tea. He travels the world to find the finest ingredients from some of the world's premiere tea estates in Sri Lanka, India, China, Taiwan, among other countries.

Today from 2pm to 6pm you can enjoy one of Dave's creations, an Over Iced Tea Latte for FREE.

1) How much tea do you drink in a day? What do you think are the benefits of drinking tea?

I drink probably like 10 to 15 16 ounce cups a day. That doesn't count iced tea. That's just hot tea. I drink a few at home before I get into work. I guess you can say I drink a lot of tea. As far as the benefits go, drinking tea allows you to multitask better than coffee or any other beverage. It doesn't bring you up or drop you down. It let's you focus so you can do more than one thing and do it well. I'm really busy but the tea that I consume throughout the day just allows me to focus in on all the things I have to do. I've been doing this job for 12 years so I must be doing it right.