Petr has been in the tea business since 1991, when he started out as a partner in a company that imported products by TEEKANNE to the former Czechoslovakia. He later became the director at a subsidiary of the German firm between 1995 and 1998.
He founded OXALIS in 1993, which was initially dedicated to importing, processing and selling loose leaf tea. Coffee was added towards the end of the decade, supplemented ten years later with select coffee beans for connoisseurs.
A regular visitor of tea and coffee plantations around the world, he deals with the growers directly, getting to know them personally and becoming acquainted with their production processes and penchant for taste, permitting him to make purchases on site. His travels in search of tea have taken him to China, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, South Korea and South Africa, while sourcing coffee has led to trips to Panama, Costa Rica and Ethiopia.
He samples tea and coffee every day, having participated in thousands of tasting and evaluation sessions, and contributes to descriptions of taste profiles for every type of tea and coffee sold by OXALIS.
Petr has completed and is certified for the following professional courses:
She joined the OXALIS team in 2021 as a development specialist, which is perfect for her. "I have a degree in Food Technology, which accompanies me throughout my professional life. I've always been close to tea, so we're glad that I can look more under the hood at the secret it hides."
Her job is to sample and evaluate the quality of the various teas, coffees, herbs and components that come in from across the world. She likes to discover new tastes and aromas, and this is the driving force behind the creation of new tea blends that we bring to you every year. She enjoys following trends in the world, whether in terms of flavors, aromas or even colors, all of which inspires her when developing new teas, as well as when looking for new ingredients or suppliers.
Another part of the job is laboratory control and ensuring the health safety of our products.
She has completed and is certified for the following professional courses:
His career has grown out of a passion for tea and coffee developed in the 1990s through visiting tea houses. These establishments were new to the country, and going to them exposed him to a wealth of flavours and aromas.
He has been working at OXALIS for over 20 years, experiencing almost every aspect of the company during that time. This has allowed him to try every type of tea, herbal infusion and coffee produced in-house in the period, now numbering in the thousands. His recent focus has been on coffee, although he still tastes all the firm’s beverages and reviews samples sent into OXALIS by growers.
More than just a profession, his work brings him immense joy.