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Move over coffee – tea has arrived!

A Sweet Little Teashop has quietly opened its doors in Yamba and the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea is set to benefit from the official opening next weekend. Business owner and Sweet Little Teashop Founder, Maggie Barnewall says that the driving factor in establishing the business is to bring the Clarence Valley community together over the sharing of a great cup of tea. For every packet of “SLT” Tea sold over the weekend beginning on Friday 1 September, one dollar will be donated to Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea. The fundraising weekend will kick off with a morning tea served in Sweet Little Teashop’s dedicated tea tasting room on Friday September 1 commencing at 10am. Planning for the past four years to open a specialty retail tea business, Ms Barnewall, a self-confessed “tea geek”, brings a solid background of tea knowledge to the Clarence Valley. “To present myself as an authoritative purveyor of fine loose leaf tea in the Clarence Valley, I set out to ensure that I knew as much as I could about tea and the world tea industry before opening the doors” says Ms Barnewall. The gift from a Chinese friend of a beautiful handcrafted purple clay Yixing teapot kindled a global tea journey and sparked the dream to one day share a passion for the delights of the Camellia Sinensis plant by establishing a tea store. Immersed in tea culture by frequenting tea stores and tea houses in far flung places, Maggie has learnt from leading tea industry mentors in New York City and at World Tea Expo in North America. She continually strives to build on her tea knowledge and master the art of tea preparation. For more information, please contact Maggie Barnewall on 0409 058 883 or email