An endlessly curious person who grew up in a small Iowa town, Kyle received degrees in music from Iowa State University, Northwestern University and Tanglewood. After stints teaching music, arts and humanities at Alverno College, technical writing, and managing International Sales and Marketing for BancTec, Kyle bought a coffee shop. He added tea to the product line and renamed the business The Cultured Cup. His fascination with world culture and social rituals led him to tea, the world’s second most consumed beverage after water. Seventeen years later, The Cultured Cup is considered one of the best places to buy and learn about tea in the US. As the first Texan to achieve the title of Certified Tea Specialist (CTS), Kyle serves as an advisory board member for the Specialty Tea Institute (STI), a division of the US Tea Association, and teaches for the STI Tea Certification Program.