Brewing a business in Hollister
Still in its embryonic stage, the San Benito Tea Company is solely owned and operated by Steiner, who markets 11 different blends of herbal infusions at local farmers' markets like Gilroy’s and to retailers.
“I call this my nano-business,” Steiner said as she moseyed through her garden, pointing to dozens of different flowering herbs and plants. “It's my second season, so I just planted all kinds of herbs that have potential for interesting and tasty teas. We'll see what works.”
After 20 years of growing her herbs for personal enjoyment, Steiner decided to throw all her energy behind her favorite hobby – and so far, business is brewing.
“A friend mentioned I should start making herbal teas, and I just loved the idea,” Steiner said. “I thought, why not?”
Now, fixed up with a license and a converted garage she calls her “tea studio,” Steiner is officially in business.
Her custom blends are grown from hand-harvested and sun-dried herbs on her five-acre private farmstead, about 10 miles south of Hollister on Cienega Road, where she has lived for 20 years.