Kitty ConfetTea is catnip tea for party animals who like a nap. Yup, that's right I said catnip. It's for humans to sip on. There's more to the tea than just catnip but it has a high enough catnip content that if you put some of the loose tea in a cat toy your kitty will go wild. I designed this to be a fun gift for cat lovers with both novelty and utility in mind.
On it's own catnip really is kitty confetti. I'd had that thought about a year ago and wanted to find a way to package catnip to go along with some of my other party themed catnip items (here and here). While the idea was percolating (inaccurate pun intended) I encountered tea sommelier Christopher Coccagna a few times selling his T-We Tea at local craft fairs. When I received an email from Workshop SF that he was teaching tea blending classes everything clicked. Kitty confetti should be ConfetTea.
I showed up to class armed with my own extra ingredient for blending… catnip. Before class I drank some catnip tea on it's own and was surprised to find it had a very mellow taste in comparison to it's scent. It reminded me of chamomile which is one of my favorite herbal teas. In class I started pairing the catnip with chamomile and Christopher made some suggestions for other colorful herbs. I wanted this tea to be colorful just like the best celebrations.
After the class I felt more confident in making Kitty ConfetTea happen but as many things do it got put on the back burner until this holiday season came knocking. Together T-We and I refined the blend and I'm proud to have their logo on the box blessing it with many years of tea knowledge. It's important to note that chamomile did not make the final ingredient cut. In doing research I discovered that cats are allergic to it. And while this tea is designed for the human taste palate it still needed to be suitable for kitty play.
Designing the tea label gave me the perfect opportunity to play with my calligraphy skills that I've been learning this year. Tea and calligraphy are a perfect pair. The cat illustrations are somewhat obvious. A hyper whacked-out kitty on catnip and the crash afterwards. Interestingly catnip has a mellowing affect on humans so the clock represents the different time zones that humans and cats live in. While they may snuggle up to us at night lets not forget they are nocturnal by nature.
In order to have this tea in time for the holidays I passed off the printing to my friends at The Weekend Press. My letterpress is a little lo-tech for this project.
One last thought. When I met Christopher he described the We in the T-We name as representing you, me, we. I love that. Tea is often about sharing and in creating this tea I shared the experience with many. With we.
Thank you Christopher, Keir, Peter, Jenny, and the creative ladies in my life who sipped and listened. You know who you are.
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