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 chose 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, or backpacking in the North Cascades.

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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.

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Amie HSIEH, CTO  + USER EXPERIENCE DESIGNER

Amie was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She recently graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Informatics with a focus in Human Computer Interaction. She describes herself as creative, empathetic, and collaborative – traits she believes have drawn her to a career in user experience design.

In her free time you can find her playing tennis, taking photographs, brunching, and traveling.