Sloane in the Press
A walking tour of Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood with the founder and creative director of Sloane Tea, Hoda Paripoush.
Hoda Paripoush handles life’s challenges with grace, integrity, and what she calls, “heart and hustle.” The founder of luxury tea company Sloane Tea, which is headquartered in Toronto, Paripoush charted her own path in the industry, which has taken her all over the world. She spoke to The Edge about her unique journey in tea and about the importance of embracing diversity.
Our featured guest on the Yara Dialogues is Hoda Paripoush. She's amongst the elite group of the first certified tea sommeliers in North America. She will share her entrepreneurial journey and talk about how she transitioned her company during the Covid crisis.
Hoda Paripoush has been drinking tea for as long as she can remember. Paripoush was born in India to Persian parents and, growing up, tea was at the heart of her home life and family culture. “India and Persia are both tea-drinking nations,” she says. Paripoush’s family came to Canada as religious refugees when she was just three years old, and tea became a source of comfort during a time of constant change.
When Hoda Paripoush pours tea, she does so with reverence. When she speaks, she doesn’t waste a single word, weaving a beautiful story about her travels or her daughter with care and light.
As Hoda Paripoush inhales one of Gucci’s perfumes, her face lights up with childlike delight. “There’s almost a little bit of dampness and campfire coming through,” she says of the scent.
For those looking to see and be seen, participate in a contemporary take on afternoon tea. This stylish service spotlights brews from local Sloane Tea Merchants.
The most satisfying part for me is when I’m in a restaurant or café and someone is drinking the tea and commenting on how much they love it
In a black tea like our Heavenly Cream the base note is a blend of two different black teas from Assam and Ceylon. The base has a really light earthiness that you can taste more so in the Earl Grey.
Sloane Tea founder and tea sommelier Hoda Paripoush offers her two cents on the value of a midday cup of tea and a scone or two.
Hoda Paripoush, one of a handful of certified tea sommeliers in Canada, imports some of the world’s highest-quality and rarest leaves
I’ve never met Hoda Paripoush, but I can tell that’s her over right there, chatting animatedly to a group of starry-eyed event goers, each of them sipping scrumptious tea from delicate china cups.
An impressive selection of gourmet teas provided by Toronto’s Sloane Fine Tea Merchants
Until we met Hoda Paripoush, we never knew there was such a thing as a tea sommelier. Very cool indeed, but that is hardly the most impressive accomplishment on Hoda’s extraordinary resume.
By working with either the chef or wine sommelier of a restaurant, Paripoush establishes the emotion they wish to evoke in the patron, and then, with her choice of teas and aromatics, she creates a fragrant blend that she hopes will do just that.
A chance meeting with Hoda Paripoush, Director of Canada’s Sloane Tea Company reacquainted me with the world of tea and how far it’s come since the days of collector figurines in your box of Red Rose.
The best afternoon tea in Toronto is for when you’re feeling fancy. Centring around fragrant pots of fine tea, fizzing glasses of bubbly and towers of sweet and savoury treats like something out of a pastel fairytale, these ceremonies often take place in hotels or equally classy environs and tend to require reservations.
WHY IT'S GREAT: There are various teas to choose from, including Chocolate Truffle, Blood Orange Oolong, Signature Black, Tropical Green and Citron Calm.
Tired of giving mass-produced, run-of-the-mill gifts? Support your fellow citizens this holiday season and give one of these treasures, made right here on the home front.
If the words "cream tea" didn't entice you enough, look at that crush-worthy packaging! Blended and packed in Toronto by Sloane Tea Company, this delicious loose-leaf black tea features notes of bergamot and vanilla.