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October 02, 2013

Tea With The Queen Of Artisanal Gourmet Sugar



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The Independent Newspaper and Hampton Daze Magazine had the pleasure of hosting a delightful tea party recently using Chambre De Sucre, an elite, high quality sugar company derived from Japan. The brand was founded by Lisa Kuzinaki, who expresses that the sugars have been in her family for many generations. Lisa has perfected these delicious handcrafted sugars and imported them to the United States for luxury spas, hotels, specialty stores and at events for guests to enjoy. Chambre de Sucre has expanded into a line of delicious teas. I had the pleasure of interviewing her and learning more about this amazing business:

Your brand, Chambre de Sucre, began as a sugar business for you, is this correct?

I started Chambre de Sucre three years ago. I import handcrafted gourmet sugars from Japan that are used for coffee and tea. We are a 270 year old, 17 generation deep, family owned business. My inspiration is my grandmother, whom I visited every summer in Japan growing up. She served these sugars and I learned that it is so simple to make your everyday coffee and tea special and elegant. As my company has grown, I've added a hand blended tea line.

What kind of teas do you produce and do you have a favorite?

I hand blend my own teas and they are each inspired by members of my family. They are actually named and numbered after my family. I currently have seven teas - a green rooibos, pu'erh, white, green, black, a tisane and an oolong. I love them all equally, but I have a special place in my heart for pu'erhs, so I'd have to say my Chocolat et Fraise, a pu'erh blended with hand shaven chocolate curls and dried strawberries. I even numbered that one after myself.

Where do you want to see Chambre de Sucre in 10 years?

I'd love to have a storefront with maybe even an attached café. Something truly unique, elegant, and simple. I'd love it to be designed by a Japanese architect and I'd love the menu to be inspired by Japanese cafés and tea rooms. In 10 years I hope to expand my team and territory. I would love to see them in Canada, UK, France and Germany--just to name a few.

Your sugars and teas are beautifully packaged in such detail, where do we find them?

You can find our sugars in New York City at Todd English's The Plaza Food Hall as well as in the Dean & Deluca stores. You can also find us nationwide in 40 HomeGoods stores. Over the next few months, you will see us expand to Crate & Barrel, HMK (Hallmark concept stores), and Terrain. We're thrilled that so many people have embraced our product and see the value in elevating the everyday cup of tea and coffee.

Any insider tips on finding a great Afternoon Tea in New York?

My go to place for English style Afternoon Tea is The Lobby Lounge at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, New York and The Pierre. Japanese style, Cha-An in the East Village.

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