Who is Tea Lady Mel?

A tea hobbyist who passionately believes that tea needs to get more non-commercial love in mostly coffee-drinking Singapore.

Want to help me in furthering this noble cause? Drop me a note at mel@melanielee.sg and I’d be happy to explore tea-lightful ideas with you over a cuppa tea.

57 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gwen
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 12:28:23

    Hi Mel!


  2. Gwen
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 12:46:35

    cool site! learnt about it from gan πŸ™‚


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  4. peonyts
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 16:52:29

    I’m so glad to meet a like-minded soul
    I thought my wife and I would be alone in this cause


  5. peonyts
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 11:55:48

    Hi Mel, thanks for the shout out and for linking my blog.
    Hope to link up with you and more tea lovers in this part of the world.
    Cheers and Merry Christmas!


  6. MoonWynd Studio
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 08:48:22

    Ahhh yes, fellow tea lover. When stressed out or upset, always a cup of tea soothes the spirit like nothing else. There must be something extraordinarily soulful about it. Coffee just doesn’t do it. A cup of tea? Always. πŸ™‚


  7. Petrus61
    Feb 14, 2013 @ 17:24:49

    Hi Mel, Was searching for information on Hojo Tea to buy my second tetsubin and stumbled on your blog. Though I would leave a note to say hi!


  8. Anna
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 14:52:20

    Hi Mel. I enjoy tea too and love Earl Grey. What do you recommend to drink in Taipei?


  9. Kevin
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 09:26:49

    Hi Mel, i am Kevin from Singapore. Have always been a tea lover but now I am trying to do it seriously. Haha… May I know where should I get those tea equiptments? Like infuser, pots and cool mugs. I tried going amazon but the shipping fees are stupid. I actually travel quite a bit, so it will be nice if you can give me some place to go in states or uk. I can even bring back some for you. Cheers!


    • mel
      Sep 06, 2013 @ 12:36:53

      Hi Kevin, thanks for dropping a note – and for the offer to get me tea from near and far! You can try Peony Tea Solutions (www.peonyts.com) for getting some starter Chinese tea equipment (delivered right to your doorstep). There’s also the Lupicia store at Great World City. I find sometimes, even department stores have some pretty cool teaware. Hope this helps!


  10. teaism99
    Jan 01, 2014 @ 23:18:51

    Hi I just started a tea blog. I enjoy your blog and inspired by it.
    Please drop by my blog if you have time. I am in Spore πŸ™‚


    • mel
      Jan 02, 2014 @ 00:25:56

      Thanks for dropping a note! The photos on your blog are beautiful – look forward to reading about your tea journey.


    • mel
      Jan 02, 2014 @ 00:29:10

      @teaism99: Your blog has beautiful photos – look forward to reading more about your tea journey. Thanks for dropping a note! πŸ™‚


      • teaism99
        Jan 03, 2014 @ 10:12:51

        Hi Mel,

        Thanks for looking. I am really new to blog. Still toggling with setting. Please give me your comment if you see anything funny. Thanks.
        Happy New Year!

  11. Sally
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 04:07:25

    Have been trying to love tea for years, is there any hope for me, or am I destined to drink great coffee all my life. ??? P.S. Liz is my Artist Hero!


    • mel
      Jan 10, 2014 @ 04:16:55

      Hi Sally, great coffee ain’t too bad either heh. Taste is a very personal thing…so just stay open to trying different types of tea – love can’t be forced πŸ˜‰ There’s a school of thought that people who love great coffee are partial to the stronger-tasting teas such as Lapsang Souchong or pu’erh so why not give those a go one day? Have fun πŸ™‚


  12. journette
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 22:34:12

    Dear Mel, I have nominated you for a Liebster Award, because I just love the way you write and the stuff you write about. πŸ™‚ You can check out my page about it to see how it works: http://2014bydawn.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/im-grateful-for-a-liebster-award/


  13. Thai Village
    Feb 16, 2014 @ 02:01:20

    Just found your blog. Looks great.


    • mel
      Feb 16, 2014 @ 08:02:27

      @ThaiVillage: Thanks for dropping by! I stayed in Thailand for a year and have many fond memories of the place πŸ™‚


  14. Ivy
    Feb 25, 2014 @ 01:44:34

    Hi (: Just found out about your blog. In love with you. Thanks for everything here =D


  15. mel
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 14:43:12

    From a Mel to a Mel…
    Wow! I love tea, nice blog! πŸ˜‰


  16. JQ
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 00:36:37

    Lovely blog you have there. I am also from Singapore πŸ™‚

    Recently, I was thinking of documenting my adventures and I stumbled upon your blog. I love Taiwanese Oolong and those from Wuyi. Let’s see if we have a chance to cross paths πŸ˜€ keep up the good work Mel!!!


    • mel
      Jul 07, 2014 @ 20:14:23

      Hi Jing Quan, thanks for dropping a note! Not sure why I’m only seeing this now but yes, hope our tea paths cross some day!


      • JQ
        Aug 22, 2014 @ 00:53:30

        For some reasons i saw eagleteamerchant’s site before your post but gosh i didn’t know he was so young. I be joining Pekoe & Imp’s The Colours of Tea on 6 Sept with a friend. See you if you are going.

        Btw my blog can be found in the link πŸ™‚ is there any sort of a community actually in Singapore for tea lovers?

      • mel
        Aug 22, 2014 @ 22:40:17

        Hi JQ, thanks for dropping a note! Age is never a factor for tea – do check out ETM someday πŸ™‚ Won’t be at the colours workshop but it will definitely be fun! πŸ™‚

  17. viktorcfj
    Oct 18, 2014 @ 22:17:19

    Hi my gf’s birthday is really soon and she loves tea. I was thinking of getting her some really cute tea infusers. Do you know any shop in sg that sells things like that?


    • mel
      Oct 19, 2014 @ 00:48:05

      I think departmental stores will be your best bet for this! Robinsons or Isetan πŸ™‚ But you could try Lupicia (Great World), TWG or Betjeman and Barton (Raffles City Basement) as well.


  18. Justin
    Oct 29, 2014 @ 23:26:27

    Hi Mel! I was wondering if you could recommend any place in Singapore where I could get organic and preservative-free teas and/or infusions e.g. fennel? Thanks!


    • mel
      Jan 26, 2015 @ 09:22:49

      Hi Justin, apologies for the reply. I think organic or health shops would probably be your best bet. Supernature is pretty good!


  19. Vicky Chang
    Jan 25, 2015 @ 18:43:59

    Hi Mel, im so glad found dedicated tea blogger before moving to SG as a big fan of tea. I’m living in Sydney where teawares like Wedgwood, Royal Copenhagen, Royal Dulton are selling at discounted price. Is it easy to find those teawares in Singapore? Otherwise I will buy some more before packing. D-2months to go to SG hehe.


    • mel
      Jan 26, 2015 @ 09:26:08

      Hi Vicky, I know that these brands are sold in upmarket departmental stores but not sure if that range is considered extensive. Hope you enjoy your stay in Singapore!


  20. coraly
    Mar 29, 2015 @ 12:11:19

    Hi Mel !
    I am currently setting a tea business online and struggling to find good tea suppliers in Singapore.
    Do you have anything to recommend ?


  21. Hong Wee
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 17:29:35

    Hello Mel, thank you for sustaining the blog. I also like tea, particularly long jing. Do you know of a place in Singapore where I can taste/buy long jing?


  22. allantan
    Sep 16, 2015 @ 02:15:09

    Hi Mel,
    Thanks for blogging. Started drinking Chinese tea recently, wish to check if there is any place or anywhere I can learn more on drinking Tea and its culture?



  23. Henry
    Jan 24, 2016 @ 21:35:54

    Hi Mel, thank you for your richly flavoured posts. I have enjoyed reading about your experience in preparing and enjoying tea. I’m just wondering if you are also interested in tyring matcha. I’m trying to introduce powdered matcha to Singaporean homes, this matcha is very similar to the one used in Starbucks’ green tea latte.

    My question is, will you purchase it if it is sold online for a price of $50 per 100g can, including delivery? I’m trying to gauge the level of interest among tea lovers. It will be great if you could share with me your opinion!

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read my message! Have a great day πŸ™‚



    • mel
      Jan 24, 2016 @ 23:32:56

      Hi Henry, I think matcha is awesome but I don’t usually drink it because it keeps me awake ;P Hrmmm price point wise I honestly don’t really have an opinion at this point. I think with matcha, there also needs to be education in the preparation as well, it’s hard to get that lovely froth. All the best in this endeavour!


  24. Vanessa
    Feb 12, 2016 @ 22:55:21

    How fascinating! I never realised Singapore had that many tea joints to head to. There is much to be discovered.


  25. XIN YI YEW
    Oct 27, 2016 @ 16:04:01

    Hi Mel,

    Do you know where I can find fresh loose green tea leaves (not the dried kind)? or is it possible to find the plant in Singapore? I am searching for the green leaves for a photo shoot.



  26. Julian Lowe
    May 16, 2017 @ 19:44:40

    Hi Mel,

    I have to do a project for my university that involves exporting tea to Singapore. Part of the project deals with interviewing experts in the field of tea in Singapore and I was wondering if I could send you a few interview questions about this matter?

    Kind regards,



  27. Fei Fan
    Dec 09, 2017 @ 21:13:22

    Hi Mel

    Chance upon your blog while reading up on tea. Comparatively harder to find tea lovers than coffee crazy Singapore. Always interested in blended tea. Any tea blending courses out there that you would recommend?

    Fei Fan


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