Friday, October 28, 2011

Tea for a Friday

Today I started with a White Peony, my old standby favorite.  Now I am sipping an oolong Tung Ting, great grassy note with a long finish.  I am going to play with the kong fu style of preparation, still learning. Hope to become a tea master in the future, I love this culture. Great quote from the "Book of Tea", "the greatest pleasure he knew was to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident. For Teaism is the art of concealing beauty that you my discover it, of suggesting what you dare not reveal.  It is the noble secret of laughing at yourself, calmly yet thoroughly, and is thus humour itself,- the smile of philosophy." Charles Lamb.

New tea dessert, Bakla Bites went over well.  Hat day tomorrow, dress up and put on my Fedora.  Some neat pictures from a follower this past weekend.  May the love of tea drive on.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Oolong tea to begin the week

Today I am having Jade Oolong, one of my favorites, but has dropped to 2nd after experiencing the Milk Oolong.  Great finish and on my third infusion and it is still wonderful although the steeping has increased.  Business has been good; not great, wonder where your true friends are, open a business and see if they show up.  So far only one has.  For many years I gave, taught and embellished hospitality, now it is the best part of my business model.  I get e-mails and fliers from Tevanna, but my last experience was not good.  I have established a small following of true tea drinkers, and doing an off site event.  But seems only a few of the locals have the curiosity of trying tea.  I assure you once they do, like myself, they too will convert.  Many have suggested to carry coffee, but we have many coffee venues.  My mission is to create a niche of value that hasn't been saturated.  Hat day coming up on the 29th, I will be sporting a fedora as my grandfather always sported and the most unique hat will when a prize!  Tea tasting did not go well as there are not that many converts yet.  Still open for blessings...stop by if in the area, and create a new memory.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Does coffee go with tea?

Not since before the Boston Tea Party did Americans drink a lot of tea, many have asked me to carry coffee. Being a purist at first I was hesitant, however, any business minded person will listen to the potential customer and offer what they desire. I am considering a cold brewed low acid coffee to serve in a brown paper bag, on the down low.  Today business is blah, I must create a buzz within the community to get things rolling. Bubble tea has been a great addition with younger guests and I got a request for an Arnold Palmer ( tea and lemonade).  I am drinking Assam this afternoon and a White Ginger Orange Peach ice tea. It is a gorgeous fall day with the leaves turning and 70+ degrees here in Wisconsin, Brew crew lost but they probably want to bring it home to win.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Are your clouds of opportunities passing

This afternoon tea of choice is Green Mao Jain, medium green with a long finish. Second infusion preferred, mellowed the finish.  Morning was blah, bustling afternoon with good loose leaf sales. Recommended an herbal chai of rooibos, customer loved the nose.  Sales and marketing folks anxious to get me to join another local chamber to get networking opportunities and free advertisement, offered to cut my joining fee in half, I am very small, but unique.  Nearest pure tea shop 50 miles away.

Inspiration of the day, watching the incandescent white puffy clouds roll past the backdrop of Cedar Point with its trees beginning to show the colors of fall. Opportunities are like passing clouds, get in front of them and continue to move forward or stay still and watch them pass you by.  The same cloud and the same opportunity never passes again. Seize the moment and press on in spite of nay Sayers.

Open for Blessings,

Tea with Wheatley

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Afternoon with Tea with Wheatley

Good days, bad days...

Yesterday was my second busiest day since opening. Note to self, plant seeds of marketing and develop new business relationships on days that are blah(code name slow). My motivation and passion to succeed at the tea business must continue to ignite interest and attention to the masses who are unaware.  Give away samples and ask guests what are there favorites.  Working on a Chocolate Macaroon and ordered Jasmine tea and Mango bubble tea just a few insights from talking with guests.

Spend money with others in your vicinity and they will do likewise.  Instead of following a trend, i.e. today is National Coffee day, create your own trend and market niche.  Allow others to piggy back market with you and they will do likewise.  Check your balance sheet daily and know where you stand, better to kneel before a fall, prayer will lift you up.  Amazing, just as I finished the last statement, got a call to do an interview next week. 

You market yourself and your business every day, watch how you interact and intentionally insight positive body language as well as conversations.  Won't you come and have tea? If not with me with your local tea venue, you'd be amazed at what conversationalist most tea fanatics are.  Finally, slow days, get organized it is paramount to being successful.

Open for Blessings

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

This afternoon, I had Golden Tip Pu-erh while my guests had White Ginger Orange Peach, with a hint of Rooibios. The pleasantness of taking tea is not only the tea itself but the conversation.  We often meander through life forgetting the social impact of uplifting relevant conversation of life experiences past and present.  The day started out blah, rainy and cold, but the afternoon brought about a warm and sunny feel and great tea and conversation.