Hackberry Tea is a small business with a lot of help. What's missing from this list are countless hours of friends giving advice and support and buying those bags of tea when we weren't quite a business yet. This business is run by the people below, but it exists because of the selfless contribution of many unnamed friends and family members that just keep giving their time to help us grow.
Sarah joined the Hackberry team in October of 2019 as our Production Lead and is the Head Roaster for our sister company, Sagebrush Coffee, as well. She was born in Torrance, California, but moved to the valley when she was just 3 years old. She lives in Gilbert and loves it. She has worked with kids before for many years and is also a certified nail technician. Tea and coffee are constant companions and drinking them is one of her favorite hobbies. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her friends, reading books, or doing anything that involves Disney!
Office Manager / Media Development
Zoë became a part of the Hackberry team in 2016 where she took on the role of lead packager and office manager. In 2019, after having her first child, she transitioned to working remotely and focused mainly on creating products and managing email marketing. When not working, Zoë enjoys spending quality time with her husband Seth and her two children, Zander and Saylor. She loves exploring local restaurants and coffee shops, reading, traveling, and interior design. Did we mention that she is also Matt's younger sister?
Media Development / Menu Development / Bar Manager
Jonathan, Matt’s oldest son, has been a part of Hackberry since the beginning. He has always been very creatively driven, dedicating the majority of his time to musical production, graphic design, photography, digital art, painting, etc. He is working towards a presence in the local Phoenix music scene under the moniker “Candy Soup.” At both Hackberry Tea and Sagebrush Coffee, he is the head of media development and is responsible for branding, packaging, videography, photography, and web development. Additionally, he manages the espresso bar at our Sagebrush Coffee location in Chandler, where you can try our tea in person! On a typical Friday night, you can catch Jonathan with friends producing funny videos and creating music.
Production Assistant / Barista
Noah, Matt's youngest son, is our production assistant and is in charge of all weekend shipments. Additionally, he works on bar at Sagebrush Coffee, where you can our delicious teas in addition to our sister company's coffees! Noah is currently taking college courses to get the prerequisites needed for Arizona State University's architectural program with the hopes of eventually pursuing a master's degree in interior design. In his free time, Noah is constantly finding new hobbies and enjoys listening to music.
Kourtney is our in-house writer. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Communication and has worked in the coffee industry for over three years. She is currently writing remotely as she ventures to Virginia Beach to additionally pursue a career in publishing. Kourtney loves reading, writing, painting, and spending time with her horses. She is also a travel fanatic and has been to 22 different countries, one time she even lived on a ship for four months!
Barista / Menu Development
John joined the Hackberry team in the summer of 2023 as a barista and to assist with menu development. He likes to call himself a hospitality professional for life, whether it’s being a bartender, a barista, or outside of work. He loves curating an experience for someone and aiming for them to feel seen and heard. Life outside of work includes simply going on walks or exploring a new country. While he’s mainly worked on bar programs for restaurants, he’s excited to be working in coffee and tea once again!
Piper has been working in the food and drink industry since 2017 and just joined our team here at Hackberry in the spring of 2023. During her time in the industry, she has developed a strong passion for all things food, coffee, and tea. Outside of work, you can find her at home with her cat, painting, or planning a road trip somewhere new!
Eden is Matt's youngest child and only daughter. She is a student at Hamilton High School and enjoys cooking and doing her nails in her free time. Her main role at Hackberry/Sagebrush is as a barista but she also spends time in the back of the shop developing our food menu. She is currently working towards her driving permit and is excited to be able to drive on her own soon!
Barista / Media Development
Shelby joined the Hackberry team after moving to Arizona from Chicago, Illinois, where she was born and raised. She loves food, music, animals, and traveling. A fun fact about her is that she spent six months traveling, three of which were spent caring for wild howler monkeys in Belize. In the future, she hopes to open her own cafe and visit as many countries as possible.
Nikki joined the Hackberry/Sagebrush team as a barista in early 2023. She is a student working toward her goal of becoming a general dentist. Nikki loves coffee, playing games, and learning about biology. In her free time, you can catch her visiting San Diego, where she's originally from, or resting at home with her dog, Scotch Tape!
Chris joined our Hackberry family in March. He has a passion for food and drink and before joining us, he worked as a barista at Starbucks for a few years. In addition to being part of our team, Chris is a student pursuing his dream of teaching in a foreign country. When not at work or school, he likes learning about history, trying new coffee and tea places with friends, or playing video games. He also enjoys all things Marvel and has a passion for traveling!