Meet the team!
Michael Duranko, Owner
Michael Duranko is from Rochester, New York and graduated from Michigan State University. He worked as a Chemical Engineer and managed sales and sales teams living in Dallas, Atlanta, San Francisco, Seattle and New York city before moving to Sarasota.
Michael loves living in Sarasota and the tea business. He has developed strong relationships with many Sarasota businesses and attempts to buy from as many local businesses as possible.
“I love our Sweet Orange Mate. It gives me a bit of clarity in this murky world”.
UPDATE Aug 2020 – while I still love yerba mate, my new favorite tea is Lapsang Souchong. I drink this smoky black tea with honey and steamed oat milk every morning. after visiting Ireland on a golf trip in Sep. 2019, I decided to give coffee a break. I wanted something with a strong-ish flavor to start my day and found it in Lapsang.
I steep loose leaf tea in a 2 cup teapot for a full 6 minutes, add a good squeeze of honey and top it with foamy oat milk from Oatly. a Nespresso milk steamer works incredibly well. I bought it in 2017 and found the prices have gone way up, from $65 in Jan 2017 to now they are at $120! Yikes. my favorite part of My Morning Beverage is after adding a heaping scoop of tea to my warm teapot. I give it a swirl before adding boiling water, and the aroma takes me back to the coal-burning UK countryside. Magic! have a look at this video about making the perfect cuppa lapsang!
Michael loves living in Sarasota and the tea business. He has developed strong relationships with many Sarasota businesses and attempts to buy from as many local businesses as possible
Glynis Chapman, Owner
Glynis Chapman is from Yorkshire, England specifically Middlesmoor near the head of Nidderdale in the Yorkshire Dales. She moved to Sarasota with her husband, Graham, and for years they owned Siesta Sports Rentals on south Siesta Key.
Glynis joined Michael to help with the first tea menu for our Siesta Key shop and has helped build our tea business ever since. She has a fabulous palate and a deep curiosity for all aspects of tea.
History of Local Tea Company
The history of Local Tea Company continues to evolve. Local Coffee + Tea / Local Tea Company is owned and was founded by Michael Duranko. He grew up in Rochester, New York and studied Chemical Engineering at Michigan State. Somehow Michael went from being a chemical engineer at Morton Salt Company to working for computer magazines in San Francisco and Seattle.
After traveling Europe and Asia for 14 months with his then-wife Tina, Michael authored a book about people’s obsession with shoes [BOOTISM: a shoe religion]. If you ask him about this book, be prepared, it is a long story!! Michael was living in New York and getting divorced. He set his sights on Siesta Key and moved south in July 2006.
It was hot and the economy was booming. It seemed like the perfect time to start a coffee business in Sarasota. Local Coffee + Tea opened in February 2007 in Siesta Key Village. Linda Meylan was on the launch team and Glynis helped to create our first tea menu. The name was originally called Local Coffee when Michael’s mother reminded him “Do not forget about the tea” and so the ‘Plus Tea’. The corporate name is still Local Coffee Co.
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Custom Loose Leaf Teas
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
As we spent more time at Selby, we evolved different parts of the business. Our catering and events business grew significantly. We started offering beverages outside of the café during the 4th of July in 2009. We grew our tents and beverage stations during the Garden Music Series, also starting outside in 2009.
to visit the Siesta Key shop and then buy from our online shop when they return home.
Local Smoothies + Juice
This is a great fit, and the first indication was the renovation/makeover of the Great Room by the Bay. This is probably the most beautiful place in Sarasota to have an event. Now the city’s top caterer offers exceptional food and services.
We operated the Carriagehouse Tea Room throughout the season, however on July 1, 2016, we said our farewells. We had a great nine years at Selby Gardens and it was time to move on.