Hackberry Tea is a small loose leaf tea shop 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 really a business but thought we were. 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 of their time to help us grow.
Media Development / Backup Roaster
Jonathan, Matt’s son, has been a part of Hackberry Tea and Sagebrush Coffee since the beginning. He has always been very driven creatively, dedicating the majority of his time to musical production, graphic design, photography, fashion design, branding identity development, digital art, painting, and so much more. He has applied these skills towards developing his own clothing brand (Ninth&J) and is working towards a presence in the local Phoenix music scene under the moniker “Candy Soup.”
Jonathan has honed in his craft for Hackberry's benefit. He is the head of media development and is responsible for both Sagebrush and Hackberry’s branding, packaging (labels, bags, notecards, etc.), videography, and a portion of their photography and web development. On a Friday night, you can catch Jonathan working with friends producing funny videos and making music.
If you want to see some more of his work, check out these instagrams!
Tea Production Lead
Sydney joined the Hackberry team at the beginning of 2019 and now serves as tea production lead. She and Jonathan had classes throughout high school, so when Matt asked for any recommendations for help in the shop, she was the first person that he recommended. She has been a tremendous help and will do whatever is needed with diligence and a smile on her face. We're so proud of her accomplishments on the soccer field. In fact, she will be going to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan on a soccer scholarship and intends to major in nursing. She'll be a couple of hours from where most of Matt's family is from, so it's a very cool connection, but we'll hate to see her go. In her free time she enjoys bass fishing and hiking.
Shop Manager / Head of Sagebrush Roasting
Sarah joined the team in October of 2019 as our Tea Production Lead and is now working primarily for Sagebrush as Head Roaster. She was born in Torrance California, but moved to the valley when she was 3. She lives in Gilbert and loves it. She has worked with kids in some capacity for many years and is also a certified nail technician. Coffee is a constant companion and drinking it is one of her favorite hobbies. Now getting to work for a coffee and tea company, has all her dreams coming true. If she isn’t drinking coffee, she loves to spend time with her friends, read books or do anything that involves Disney.
Office Manager (from home)
Zoë joined the Hackberry and Sagebrush team in 2016 as our first official employee. She started as the lead packager and shop manager, but really she just did everything while I went to work my day job. As the business grew, so did that job and we were scared to death when she took a maternity leave in 2019. After having her first child in 2019, she began working from home as our office manager and is doing a great job behind the scenes. Before working at Hackberry and Sagebrush, Zoë received her bachelor’s in dance education and spent most of her time performing and teaching. She is an Arizona Native and currently resides in Gilbert with her husband Seth, baby boy Zander, and her dog Winston. When she’s not completing Sagebrush tasks, Zoë enjoys discovering new restaurants and coffee shops, traveling, interior design, and spending quality time with family and friends.