Our story

It began as a class project at the University of Washington’s Creating a Company class, where the founders met and dreamt up NASTEA & Co. We carefully choose each ingredient with the vision to deliver unique and delicious beverages to our customers. We hope you love our products as much as we do! 

 
 

Meet Our Team

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KATHY TUAN, CEO

Gryffindor | ESTP | Team Ironman | Team Spurs

Kathy is currently a senior studying Medical Anthropology/Global Health, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington. She enjoys brainstorming with entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds to solve problems, cooking aka eating, and traveling. 

We all know where to find Kathy when she is not studying or brewing bottles of NASTEA -- on the couch watching Netflix with her best friend, Lane (additional furry family members are on the way).

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KARIN SOYAMA, COO + CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Karin was born in Tokyo, Japan and grew up in Kailua on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. She moved to Seattle in 2012 to study Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. She takes pride in being in-the-know of cool new companies and appreciates good branding. Karin has 6+ years of experience in the restaurant & service industry. 

When not spending time with the other NASTEA gals, you can find her working at Single Shot, raising plants and two cats (Lulu & Samson) with her boyfriend Cody, taking barre classes, backpacking in the North Cascades, or attempting to snowboard at Crystal Mountain.

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MINNIE YUAN, CHIEF DESIGN OFFICER

Minnie grew up in Taiwan, moved to California for high school, and became a Husky in Seattle. Double majoring in Communications and Interdisciplinary Visual Arts with a minor in Entrepreneurship from UW, Minnie enjoys the startup culture and loves to create visually appealing design solutions.

In her spare time, she likes to go on spontaneous adventures with friends, whether it be food or travels.

Partnerships & Press

We are a proud member of Seattle Made – a community with a mission to grow and support a diverse ecosystem of urban manufacturers and producers that expand opportunities for local ownership and meaningful employment, build our region’s long-term resiliency, and celebrate Seattle’s unique cultural identity.

All four founders are University of Washington alum. We met in a class called Creating a Company, a course offered through the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the Foster School of Business. The Buerk Center has been an invaluable resource for us as we participated in the 2017 Business Plan Competition and a part of the 2017 cohort of the Jones + Foster Accelerator program.

Look ma, we're famous!

  • University of Washington | Brewing Success | March 26, 2018
  • Wired | Trump’s Policies Are Sending Precious Startup Jobs to Canada | July 19, 2017
  • King 5 News | 'Startup Visa' program delayed, impacts startups | July 12, 2017