Just out of curiosity, is Adagio a small family run type of corporation? Get the feeling that it is. I have to admit; I am some what put off by large multi-national conglomerates. I try to support the small businessperson whenever I can. I went to Tevanna the other day to purchase some accessories; I didn’t care for their tea, or for the screaming corporate Starbucks atmosphere. That is one reason that I really like my local teahouse. It is run by two very nice Vietnamese immigrant ladies who always remember my name, my dislikes and likes, and they don’t get affronted when I tell them that I have bought tea at other places or I didn’t like a particular tea. They use the Adagio ingenuiTEA and sell some Adagio tea ware for about what it would cost online but not Adagio tea. I do not know where they get their tea from, but some of it is very different from what Adagio sells. I think it is nice that I have more than one option and various places to be able to purchase tea. (I sure hope my teahouse is successful, they are new and the restaurant business is tough, tough, tough to get off the ground).
One of the things I like about this site is that there are people that work at Adagio (Chris & Ilya) who respond to posts and give this site a personal touch. They don’t seem to get affronted that I also buy tea from other places. It is almost like having a teahouse online, but of course, you can’t physically go into it. I get the feeling that it is a homey type of place to work at run by a small group of people and not a large, multi-national conglomerate. Which of course, makes me feel better about spending my dollars here. I have only placed one order so far, got the green sampler and the holiday sampler. I have not tried them all yet, but I have liked all that I have tried so far. I think that this site is really great! I love the teachat and I love the teamap! Please tell me that this is a small business not run by a large multi-national.