Theic Tea Bar

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Theic is a much kinder word than alcoholic, although they essentially mean the same thing. The only difference is the former refers to an addiction to tea, the latter an addiction to booze. Given this information, it’s fair to say I should be a member of TA (Theics Anonymous). The word ‘Theic’ was introduced into my vocabulary following the opening of Theic Tea Bar, hidden away in INSITU Furniture in the back streets of Collingwood.

Nathan Wakeford is the tisane-obsessed man behind the specialty café. You may remember him from such brands as Somage Fine Foods, specifically the Chamellia tea range. Nathan is the real deal. He doesn’t do things by halves, as evident from his strict vegan diet and weekly two hour drives up to Donna Buang where he collects the purest spring water for his perfectionist brews.

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Sofia Levin

Culinary travel journalist Sofia Levin uses food as a medium to celebrate difference. Based in Melbourne, she has a decade of experience writing for publications such as Lonely Planet, Good Food, Nat Geo Traveller, SBS Food, delicious., Domain Review, Broadsheet, Time Out and in-flight magazines. She co-authors travel and restaurant guidebooks and has a fiercely loyal social media following that embraces her mission to #EatCuriously. In 2020 Sofia launched Seasoned Traveller, a newsletter and website that encourages people to learn more about other cultures through food. Referred to as “one of Melbourne’s most influential and creative social media personalities” by Visit Victoria, she also works closely with brands and tourism boards to create and host content campaigns.

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