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
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
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.