We just started supplying a new upscale restaurant customer who was interested in elevating their tea experience. A key employee of theirs lives near our Tea Room and picked up the first order personally. A second order soon followed and today we got this very interesting e-mail from him:
Everyone loves your tea. I even came up with a cocktail using the Blue Flower Earl Grey, simply delicious!
Also, are you ever available for tea education for my staff? Some of my servers have only just now learned that all tea (black, oolong, green, white) comes from the same plant!
We love that. The more they know, the better they will be describe and recommend the tea selections to their patrons.
As promised, here’s the list of Teas being phased out. But don’t panic if your favorite is on it. We will keep them around at the Tea Room for a while, then you can find them online and finally, some will continue permanently at our warehouse for our wholesale customers and we can always bring some in for you.
- Ancient Forest Yunnan
- Boston Tea Party
- Daily Fusion
- Spice of Ice
- Barely Orange
- Caribbean Breeze
- Cherry Berry
- Lady Chatterley’s Garden
- Passion Berry
- Prelude to Bliss
- Cobbler’s Green
- Green Limon
- Sakura Sencha
- Citrus Eucalyptus
- Grand Tisane
- Rooi Zinger
- Rooi Razzmatazz
- Mama Bahama
Why are we doing this? First, to give you, our customers, some new teas to enjoy. Second, we have to replace rather than add since our maximum capacity is 150-155 teas. Finally, some of the above didn’t perform as well as we thought they would so let’s bring in the new. All of the above are now being offered at a 50% discount at the Tea Room so stock up!
We had Catering orders for each of these past 2 weekends – really fun orders. They both had our signature Assorted Tea Sandwiches and Scones, of course, but they supplemented with Petit Fours, Fruit Tarts, Salmon Mousse on mini Croissants and Salad. We heard back from both:
Thank you for a wonderful tea. Everything was great and delicious. A good time was had by all.
Just wanted to say thank you and that the catered food was delicious. Thank you for recommending the Rooibos Afrikana. It was wonderful!
Glad to know everything went well and thanks so much for taking the time to write and let us know – our staff appreciates that. Next, we are busy getting ready for our new Retail Tea Catalogue scheduled to launch 2nd week in April. Teas being phased out will be available at a 50% discount for a while so you can stock up. A list will be posted soon.
And finally, we’re almost ready to unveil our Chocolate & Tea Pairing which will be on the Menu every day all day long. This is sure to please – 4 delicious Chocolates paired with 4 types of Tea. We would preview this with you but the chocolate samples get eaten immediately! I’m sure you understand.
Here are the winners for our Tea Naming Contest:
- Orange you Glad it’s Chocolate (Black with Chocolate & Orange)
- Mint Chip (Black with Chocolate and Mint)
- Sencha Tropic (Green with Mango & Coconut)
We love these names. Maria and Christopher, two of our regular customers, get bragging rights as well as FREE tea and we will notify each individually. Sencha Tropic was provided by Martha in our Office. Since she can get free tea any day of the week, we are giving her free tea to our 2nd choice winner, Kristine, for Coco Tango.
We had great fun analyzing all the names – here’s a sampling below of the many names we got to choose from. Thanks for helping us choose – the winning names were all better than any we were able to come up with ourselves.
Black with Chocolate & Mint: Choco-mint, Chocolate Mint Bliss, After Eight, Decadent Mint, Menta Magic, Chocolate Breeze, Magical Mint, Sweet Breathe, Malala’s Mint, Chocolate Ice.
Black with Chocolate & Orange: Chocolate grove, Cocoa Citrus, Orange Coco Fusion, Choc a l’orange, Sevilla, Citrus decadence, Divine citrus, Chocolate sunshine, Coco Loco Citrus.
Mango Coconut Sencha: Jungle Green, Island Green, Island East, Tropic Zen, Ma Muang, Island Blossom, Tropical Joy, Chocolate Mango Tango.
We did a first review of the names we’ve received so far and my, oh my, did we get a bunch! We grouped them in three categories – Winners, Definite Maybe’s and No Go’s. Then we whittled down them further and short-listed them to 3 for each tea. We have some place-holders for now and will probably re-sample one of the teas tomorrow to get a fresh recall of the taste. Meanwhile, here’s your last chance to get in on the action. We are still accepting submissions so go ahead, make us proud (and win some Free Tea). March 6th is the deadline – you still have 2 full days to give us your suggestions. And if tomorrow turns out to be a snow day, here’s something that can keep you busy.