Tea Masters

“All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes.” – George Orwell

Gerry Vandergrift - Tea Master Level 5

Gerry got his start in tea by answering a job ad that read, “Do you have an MBA and a thirst for adventure?” After striking out on his own, this thirst has grown Metropolitan into one of the world’s premier wholesalers of luxury teas and accessories.

John Hales  Tea Master Level 5

John started in tea at age 19 in London, England. He worked at one of the UK’s most respected trading houses, broadened his experience in Germany, and served as CEO of a buying, blending and exporting company in Kenya. John has been with Metro since 2005.

John Chaffey  Tea Master Level 4

Sales Manager and Tea Master, John began his tea career in 1985, joining Metropolitan in 1992. Empathetic to the needs of our many customers, he frequently travels the world to develop and expand the market for luxury grade teas.

Kathryn Duncan  Tea Master Level 3

A key member of our team since 1992, Kathryn’s voyages have infused her with a deep knowledge of the tea trade. Blending-expert, Master Taster and tea aficionado, Kathryn is a trusted customer resource with a wide-ranging global outlook.

Kathryn recommends: Turmeric Ginger Peach — Functional Black Tea

Hannah Vandergrift – Tea Master Level 1

Growing up in the tea industry gives Hannah a global perspective on the international nature of our business. After completing a degree in education, she joined the company full-time in 2014. Her creative input on customer needs has proven invaluable time and time again.

Hannah recommends: Kyoto Cherry Rose — Green Tea