Welcome to our website! Hey! This is Nicole :D see my bio below! The story of our love for tea goes all the way back to 2005 when we first met while working retail. We were just starting to get to know each other, Zac was just starting a job at a tea store and that was the beginning. When Zac wanted to see me, he brought me a cup of tea. When I was happy or maybe not having the best day, he brought me a cup of tea. When he wanted to share a new flavor with me, he let me try it with him. Today, we're married and we still love trying out different teas and sharing our favorites with one another. Everything about tea fascinates us -- the taste, the different styles of brewing, and the nutritional benefits. Please explore and enjoy our collection, and go ahead and start your own!
Zac Holzapfel - CEO/President
Zac worked in the tea industry for several years, all the while dreaming of one day owning his own tea company. Later, he sought more information, he knew he would have to learn more about business. He went back to school to get his accounting degree and worked in the accounting industry. Never losing that dream of ownership. In 2017 Zac, his wife Nicole and their best friends Jesse and Jamie started Yum Cha Tea Company. He loves tea (of course!). He has been a hockey player since he was 8 years old, practices Wing Chun Kung Fu, experimental cookery (like making cured egg yolks), Dragon Boat Racing and loves to ruck with his dog Penny (45lb weight, great exercise!)
Jesse Marshall - Vice President
Jesse worked several years in the tea industry before moving into the culinary arts. After he received his degree, he began working as a chef, honing his skills. He acquired extensive experience in management and sales during that time, managing hotel restaurant staff and catering events. His experTEAS (yah that happened) is second to none, is a great friend and a valuable asset to our team. Jesse loves his daughters and exploring the outdoors with them. He also loves new experiences like training for a half marathon, rowing, american ninja warrior and anything else that seems like a whole lot of fun!
Nicole Holzapfel - Director of Marketing and Blend Manager
Nicole has worked in the healthcare industry for several years. She believes in a natural solution to healthcare issues such as chiropractic before surgery and foods that heal. She is the leader in our company of our new line of wellness blends. It takes a considerable amount of experimenting to get a blend right. It's something that has to taste good as well as be a benefit to our bodies. Nicole loves hiking in the mountains, traveling and exploring new areas, flowers and fall leaves.
Jamie Marshall - Director of Sales and Brand Manager
Jamie has been in the medical field for several years and has a degree in psychology. Using her experience in both fields, she is able to convey the message of Yum Cha to anyone, from a tea noobie, to a doctor of medicine. Her passion for tea is beyond her own health and extends to her daughters. She understands the importance for Mothers to give this children a healthy alternative to the sugary drinks on the shelves at the store. Jamie has a passion for her family, she is also an accomplished gymnast, softball player. She will also find any reason to get out on the water for some family fun time
Michael Garcia - Logistics Manager
Michael has been in the field of food service distribution for several years. He has an extensive background in managing inventory, customer/vendor relationships and distribution logistics. He is also a former member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and is currently running for re-election. Michael loves his family and a good solid debate. He also gets down on some old school gaming (we're talking the joy stick/button mashing kind!).
Kalah Garcia - CSR Manager
Kalah has over 10 years of customer service experience in a retail and B2B settings. She loves her family and has been homeschooling her girls as soon as they were able to start. She has an innate ability to connect with and meet people where they're at in life and resolve any issue they may have. Of course, anything's possible over a bit of tea!