In this month’s Employee Spotlight, we interview General Manager and tea aficionado Michael Fernandez.

What’s your job title?
General Manager, in charge of daily operations for the store.

Anything you like to do in your spare time? Hobbies?
I play tennis, sing karaoke, and I’m currently studying for wine certifications.

What are some interesting facts about you some people may not know?
I’m a cat dad to a 1-year old kitten named Elsa. I know way too many facts about Star Wars. I have over 70 different tins of tea at home.

What are some of your favorite movies?
Well I guess I’ll have to say it again… any and all Star Wars movies.

If you could go on a dream vacation, where would you go?
Anywhere I can explore a new city.

What’s your favorite band?
My favorite artist is Daniela Andrade (singer/youtube artist). My favorite album is the Hamilton soundtrack

What’s your favorite local business besides House of Steep?
Killer ESP (coffeeshop in Alexandria)

What’s your favorite tea?
Da Hong Pao(dark oolong tea)

What’s your favorite soak?
Muscle Ache since I’m always working on my feet.

Do you drink tea outside of Steep?
I’m always drinking tea, so I guess the honest answer would be “Yes.” In fact, I’m probably drinking tea right now.