Tea Time

Every time we attend food events, we’re sure to come across new brands that we haven’t heard before. Last month at Greenwich Wine & Food, we tried some Tea-rrfic Ice Cream for the first time and had to learn more about the story behind this interesting concept! Read on to learn more about Founder Mario Leite and his delicious ice cream!

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Mario Leite, Founder of Tea-rrific Ice Cream

FP: We definitely enjoyed your ice cream at Greenwich Food and Wine! How did the idea come about? 

ML: I am an ice cream fanatic and tea lover. I was experimenting at home and made my first two flavors with Thai Iced Tea and Earl Grey. The reaction was so positive that we decided to build a brand focused on crafting all-natural tea-infused ice cream. No one is really doing it in the market and we felt the tea flavors available were not done very well.

FP: Great concept for sure!

Where can consumers find your ice cream?

ML: Consumers can get our ice cream in most Whole Foods from Maine to northern NJ as well as other stores, such as Mariano’s in Chicago and Central Market in Texas. Customers can also visit our website for a searchable map of locations.

FP: Good to know as there is a Whole Foods right near us!

Tea-rrific is delicious on its own, but what are you favorite ice cream toppings?

MG: Berries, nuts, hot fudge, whipped cream and our Masala Chai makes a great affogato!

FP: We’ll have to try that combination soon!

When you go out to eat, name some of your favorite places in your area or other cities you’ve visited?

MG: Sakura in Westport, Douro in Greenwich, Mecha Noodle in Fairfield, O’ Manel’s in Bridgeport, Modern Pizza in New Haven and SriPraPhai in Queens.

FP: A delicious and diverse list of places. We’ll add them to our ever growing list.

What are some of your guilty pleasures? We like to call them foodie pleasures, hence the name. 🙂

MG: Ice cream (of course), chocolate, donuts

FP: When you’re not busy operating Tea-rrific, what are your hobbies/interests? What’s a day off like for you?

MG: Spending time with family, travel, movies, golf

FP: Thank you, Mario for your time. We wish you continued success with Tea-rrific!

If you’re a fan of ice cream, make sure to try out Tea-rrific and let us know what you think. 


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