Melissa Di Marco | Tea master

How she took brave steps to build an inspiring business

Melissa Di Marco is the founder of award-winning tea brand TeaEsk.

Have you fallen out of love with a career that once inspired you? Do you want to feel that spark of excitement in your work life again?

This is where Melissa Di Marco found herself after 12 years in the hairdressing industry, but she didn’t know what else she could do.

Putting her CV out into the world, she hit a raft of rejections – but she did land a job in a tea shop.

Being introduced to the world of tea opened up a whole new interest for her and she has since become a certified tea master and tea blender.

Today, Mel is the founder and creative force behind TeaEsk, an award-winning tea brand that prides itself on being ethically made and sustainably packaged.

From starting out in her home kitchen, she now has nearly 100 stockists across Australia and a successful online store – and she recently took the big step of opening her first shopfront.

In this episode, Mel talks about how she navigated such a big career transition and what it’s taken to make her mark in an industry that was completely new to her. If you’re looking for career change tips and business inspiration, you will love this conversation!

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