Coming from a family of tea importers for 5 generations, Olivier Scala began his career at 25 and is initiated very quickly to the skills of tea tasting and buying by his father, Raymond Scala. He occupies the position of taster and purchaser from 1984 until 1988, when he takes over the direction of the company. Under his direction the well-known family owned company will develop its image and volume over the years. In addition to his company responsibilities, Olivier Scala becomes the President of the French « Syndicat Français du Thé et des Plantes à Infusion » (STEPI). He held this position from 1997 to 1999. Further, he was President of the European « Comité Européen du Thé » (1998-1999) and is President of the French « Comité Français du Thé » from 1988 to this day. With STEPI and CFT members, Olivier Scala initiated the first Tea Festival in Paris in 2005. He also animates conferences at the University of Tea and in various schools in the hotel and food industries. He is called upon often for his knowledge in his domain. With the participation of Marie Grézard and Patrick Aufauvre, Olivier Scala has written « Thés » a tea reference edited by Solar.