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Phil Parda

World Source International
President
Serendipitous is how Philip Parda describes his unlikely life-long, compelling, and fascinating connection with tea. Like a force within, filled with intrigue and timeless wonder, Philip’s humble allegiance to the study of tea began in his college days of the early 1970s.  It was then he discovered that the antioxidants he was hearing about, and their abundance in this “green” tea, was not actually from a modern-day adaptation of black tea, but was part of a culture dating back almost 5000 years.  No, green tea was indeed not a “new invention”, but something wise people had been consuming and admiring for centuries.
This fascination initiated by a quest for well-being, now fueled by nature and knowledge of ancient tea drinkers, created an early awareness in Philip of both the powers of this gift of nature called tea, but also the degree to which man has shown his adornment of the leaf through the development of artisan techniques. He discovered the adapted leaf material was combined with techniques developed over centuries to create uniqueness and gastronomic bliss.
Over time, tea became an ingrained part of the fabric of Philip’s daily life, moving beyond ritual to daily sustenance. In 1977 as a young entrepreneur, Philip founded a manufacturing firm in the plastics industry which within several years led him to China where his fledgling passion for tea went from a flame to a blaze. This chance development created the opportunity for Philip to frequently travel to Asia, eventually leading to the establishment of a Hong Kong office which became a perfect hub in Asia for Philip’s entry as a tea purveyor and educator.
After years of enjoying and studying tea as a healthy habit and passion, in 2004, Parda launched WorldSource International, a tea company specializing in the selection, importation and wholesaling of fine loose-leaf tea from China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Viet Nam, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa.
Since 2004 Philip has been a regular guest speaker and instructor at the Specialty Tea Institute's tea certification courses, a guest lecturer at a wide variety of tea expos and healthy living seminars throughout the country, Including the World Tea Expo, and an active leader in regional tea tastings.