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Friends of Grafton Gallery invitation to learn about tea

On Wednesday February 23 at 10.30am at the first gathering of the Friends of Grafton Gallery for the year will be an opportunity to learn about tea.

Friends support the Gallery in many ways and financially support the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award which is Grafton Regional Gallery’s flagship art prize. Monthly gatherings with a guest speaker are free to all and an opportunity to meet Friends and learn about the Grafton Gallery. While listening to Jill Young’s secrets about tea, morning refreshments can be purchased from Rubony’s café at the Gallery 158 Fitzroy Street Grafton.

Guest speaker, Jill Young, heads up a team of dedicated coffee professionals at Botero Coffee in Maclean. A state-of-the-art coffee roastery where you can enjoy a coffee and something to eat while watching the process of coffee being roasted, packed and sent to wholesale and online customers. 

While Jill enjoys a coffee or two her real passion lies in tea which has evolved into her founding the brand Jilly’s Fine Leaf Tea in 2009. This business has grown into a thriving wholesale and retail tea business with 35 teas that are hand blended in the Maclean tea rooms.  Jill carefully sources tea from tea gardens in Australian and around the world. Every corner of the world produces varied teas, and this is what excites Jill. Always buying ethical tea which means quality over quantity and where possible organic.

Jilly’s Tea range not only includes single teas but also blended teas. Jill enjoys the creative process of mixing and testing blends to ensure that the right combination of flavours delivers the perfect cup for her customers. Creating a blend of Jilly’s tea is a methodical and considered process involving multiple tastings over many days. It’s a pleasurable process, and a privilege to select from nature’s finest and most beautiful plants to create a beverage both visually beautiful and therapeutically beneficial.

Please book for this free talk on

The Reverend Canon Camellia Flanagan