Summer 2014 Interview – Lu Ann Pannunzio (The Cup of Life)

The Cup of Life

Q1. What is your Name?

Lu Ann Pannunzio

Q2. Do you represent a business? If yes, what is the name and your role.

The Cup of Life – I am the author of the tea blog.

Q3. Where are you located in the world?

Ontario, Canada

Q4. What is your favourite Summer drink and why?

Currently, I am experimenting with homemade iced tea recipes and popsicles. I’d have to say any hibiscus iced tea sweetened with natural honey would be an all time favourite because it’s flavourful and a great alternative to a typical sugary pop or juice.

Q5. What is the perfect Summer’s day setting to enjoy the drink?

Outside in the sun, laying on a picnic blanket under a freshly bloomed apricot tree. The scent from that alone would have me in heaven. Maybe even garnish the beverage with a few fresh picked ones as well.

Q6. Is there a right or wrong way to prepare the drink? i.e. Never drink without ice?

As an iced tea, I’d say ice is a must. However, I don’t believe there is a right or wrong way to prepare the drink. It’s your glass, it’s your tea, it’s your experience. Go with your senses and try new things. Make it your own. That’s the beauty with tea. There’s no two experiences the same.

Q7. Is the presentation of the drink important? i.e. ceremony, type of glass, setting.

Presentation is key in my books. Something that looks pretty, and is photograph worthy must be delicious…right? I joked once that iced tea tastes better when drinking from a wine glass. While it’s not necessarily true, the experience is one to enjoy. Especially if the setting is right, there’s no harm in topping up your wine glass with fresh brewed iced tea.

Q8. Is there a Summer’s day drink that you feel is underrated? If so, why?

Iced tea lattes. I feel like I don’t see or hear enough about them. I usually hear about hot tea lattes but I know that some people don’t believe that is a thing. How could you make a “tea latte” when latte means a coffee beverage in North America? That’s just it. Unfortunately, some North American establishments have altered others’ way of look at a latte. Latte means milk in Italian. Go to Italy and ask for a latte and you’ll probably be sent a glass of milk. Therefore, go and enjoy a “tea latte” hot but also iced! There’s nothing wrong with a tall cold glass of tea milk to cool you down

Q9. Where can people find out more about you? i.e. shop address, Twitter username, website url

Follow my on my tea journey via my tea blog:
Stay up to date and enjoy tea related posts on my facebook page:, my blog’s twitter: and my personal twitter:
Don’t forget to enjoy tea photos and sips via my Instagram:

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