Doehi Tea

“Choose a career you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life” says Fran Whalen of online specialty tea retail business, Doehi Tea (


One Woman’s Tea Dream

Fran is the proud owner of this well known, online tea brand and runs the business from her location of Tellico Plains Tennessee, in the foothills of the beautiful Smoky Mountains, with the help of a partner. Although this is her first tea business following a career in the medical field, Fran agrees it has always been a passion of hers to own a tea business. From the first tea Fran ever remembers drinking (“Japanese Konacha served with a hot hand towel”), Fran has developed a passion for tea and a desire to follow her dream.  Here at Tea Party Girl we are delighted to bring you the story of one woman’s tea dream.

Fran of Doehi Tea

The reason Fran finds Doehi so rewarding, she says, is “through this endeavor I’ve made friends, learned a whole lot about tea, its history and the predominant culture in which it grows and all while sipping tea along the way. I am devoted to helping other tea drinkers discover the joys and health benefits of tea.”

The Beauty of Buying Tea Online

Fran likes the fact that being an online tea retailer allows her the opportunity to provide her quality products to customers globally, with just a click of the mouse, and store-to-door shipping. This allows her to use her time to further develop her specialty range of teas and continue to source quality products for customers. is a very user friendly website and has easy and secure checkout using PayPal. The business also offers Priority shipping – and what we here at Tea Party Girl particularly like : Flat Rate Shipping.

But although Doehi are essentially an online store, they do sell at green markets in the South Florida area during the winter season, so if you are in that area, do look them up and drop by to say ‘hi’!

All in all, (which has a makeover in the pipeline, we hear) is an easy to navigate website, filled with useful tea information and all of the details you need to make an informed decision and a smooth purchase experience. A very up-to-date, active and growing Facebook page is testament to Fran’s devotion to her cause.

What’s Special About the Doehi Range?

When tea lovers purchase Doehi Tea products, they can expect to receive top quality, freshly blended teas, hand picked and packaged to order by them. Fran stresses “We are not a drop ship company”.

Fran believes that the Doehi Tea Company has the tea for you, no matter what your preferences. Whether you enjoy hot tea for a soothing and tranquil experience, or you have found that tea aids in supressing your appetite when you have a weight loss goal, Fran’s range offers you the chance to sample many varieties of teas. Fran says “By mixing your teas throughout the day the best combination to fulfil your desires and needs can be found.” This is something we heartily agree with at Tea Party Girl!

Personal Preferences…

TPG : So, Fran, what’s your favorite tea, and why?

“Earl Grey Creme de la Crème. It has a lovely bergamont flavor and a hint of creamy tones.” she reveals.

TPG : And what are you drinking at the moment?

“My newest edition, Chocolate Orange!” Mmmmmm.

TPG : Are you a ‘with sugar’ or ‘without sugar’ tea drinker?

“Without sugar, but occasionally with honey”, smiles Fran!

Doehi Tea Signature Tea Product

We were also delighted to learn that Doehi has a ‘Signature’ tea product : Fran reveals that a tea called “Fran’s Garden” (…Large rhubarb leaves, delicious strawberries, juicy, ripe blackberries. All of these aromatic treasures of sweet and delicious fruits and berries on a colorful and appetizing fruit tea blend….) is a specially blended tisane for her store.

Why should you try Doehi?

We here at Tea Party Girl encourage you to head over to Doehi and explore the site and if you are inspired, select a tea (or two) to buy online. Fran is always on the lookout for more teas that offer health benefits to her customers and enjoys educating those who want to learn more.

Doehi offers a “Tea Of The Week” (Chocolate Strawberry, at the time of writing!), customized Gift Baskets, Tea of The Month Club, Fundraising Opportunities, as well as that flat rate shipping we mentioned earlier.

Doehi Tea Chocolate Strawberry Tea

And if that’s not enough, additions to the range are coming up, in the form of flowering tea blooms, new tea blend flavors, brown rock sugar and all natural honey sticks.

So what advice would Fran give to an inspiring online tea specialist? Without doubt, “educate yourself about teas, find a reputable supplier, determine your niche and know where to market your business.”

Doehi Tea is clearly a business of substance. Fran’s story is one of passion and dedication, with knowledge, experience and sincerity behind it.


Now It’s Your Turn


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