My Cup of Tea is more than just a tea business. It’s a social enterprise that changes the lives of its Orange Mound neighbors by creating jobs.
His latest Memphis-themed tea caddy features the work of Orange Mound artist Andre Miller.
This is the ninth tea caddy with a Memphis motif for My Cup of Tea, but the first to feature the work of a professional black artist.
“Our best-known products are the eight teas in our Memphis-themed line,” said Carey Moore, Founder and CEO of My Cup of Tea. “We wanted to add a new tea and thought that hiring a local artist would be a way to strengthen our support for artists Orange Mound and Black.”
The unveiling of the box on October 27 was the culmination of a process in which My Cup of Tea partnered with the Orange Mound Arts Council to launch a request for proposals from professional black artists with a connection to Orange Mound. A diverse committee of representatives from both organizations reviewed the submissions and chose Miller to design the artwork.
“It was a pleasure for me to be chosen to create the art of the new tea caddy,” Miller said. “My life experiences, including those of my childhood at Orange Mound, influence my work. But it is gratifying that my work is now giving back to the community that has given me so much.
The musicians featured in the illustrations for the new Sippin ‘Soul tea box are the three bronze statues in Memphis by WC Handy, Elvis Presley and BB King – or as Miller likes to say, “the three kings”.
“We wanted a name that was memorable and reflected the essence or soul of the city. Gospel, blues and rock’n’roll are an integral part of the soul of the city, ”said Mike Carpenter, Director of Marketing and Development for My Cup of Tea.
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As the selected artist, Miller received $ 1,000 in compensation for the design of the new tea box.
The design was printed on 500 limited edition boxes, and Miller will retain ownership of the original work.
The featured tea flavor is orange grapefruit. Former winner of the World Tea Championship in the herbal tea category, My Cup of Tea’s Orange Grapefruit is a herbal tea mixed with pieces of apple, carrots, blackberry leaves, eucalyptus leaves, beetroot, flowers of ‘hibiscus, lemongrass, tangerine and pieces of orange.
The new tea is available in the My Cup of Tea online store at shopmycupoftea.com. It costs $ 15 and all profits are donated to the association to support the women who work there.
“Our vision at My Cup of Tea has always included supporting the rebirth of this historic black neighborhood. Restoring Orange Mound to the vibrant community it once was requires the collaboration of many people and organizations, ”said Moore. “We are very grateful to have worked with Orange Mound Arts Council and Andre Miller, and we look forward to doing so again next year. . “
In 2015, Carey and Rick Moore purchased My Cup of Tea and began the process of converting it to a non-profit ministry serving women at Orange Mound. Marketing over 70 varieties of specialty teas from around the world, My Cup of Tea has employed more than 40 women over the past six years and has impacted the lives of hundreds of children, grandchildren and members. of the extended family.
My Cup of Tea operates in a restored Victorian style house at 3028 Carnes. Customers can order tea over the phone at (901) 614-9769 or through the website at shopmycupoftea.com.
Jennifer Chandler is the Food & Dining reporter at The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at [email protected] and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @cookwjennifer.