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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

World Tea Expo


Save 20% on registration costs for the World Tea Expo, March 27 - 29,
2006. Discount ends January 27th. This is a must attend event! Over 200
exhibiting companies and 45 in-depth seminars to provide you with more
of what your need to profit from tea.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Tea Masters

Check out this website about the best Chinese teas - Tea Masters

Monday, November 28, 2005

Cafe takes out top business award

FINDING customers is the easy bit. Keeping them is a totally different matter.

But Victoria Ave cafe/bar Ceramic has definitely found the secret and was rewarded for its efforts with the Best Overall Business Award at the 10th annual ASB Mainstreet Business Awards last night. The firm also bagged The Flying Fox Best Restaurant and Bar Award at the ceremony at the Wanganui Racecourse.

Owners Les Kiriona and Dave Sutherland were hard at work at their busy little outlet and were not on hand to receive the accolades. The partners sent staffers Natalie McMurchie and Costas Thrasyvoulou along as worthy representatives.

Full article

Google's new cafe

Apparently, the search engine giant is getting into internet cafe's as well. According to this article, Google opened a "Google Space" internet cafe at London's Heathrow airport. The Google Space cafe is open through December 19. Two Google employees will be on hand to help people use 10 laptops and discover Google products.

Related article:
Google turns Heathrow into testing lab

This makes me ponder...if Google really put effort into starting a coffee shop franchise they might actually give Starbucks a run for their money.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Tealuxe Franchise

Tealuxe, A Tea Bar and Cafe has recently annouced that they now have franchises available. Perhaps you should check them out if you are interested in starting a tea business.

Visit or call 1-800-467-0064

Friday, November 18, 2005

Quality Teas

Check out these websites as I'm sure you find some cool tea-like stuff to purchase.

Upton Tea Inports - a huge variety of different teas. They also
sell Chatsford teapots, which are very good teapots with strainers
from England.

The Fragrant Leaf - great quality especially their Oolongs and
Senchas and excellent customer service (Robin always sends you a
free sample with your order)

Special Teas - like Upton they have a great variety of teas.

Shan Shui is a bit high priced (especially for a newbie). Brian specializes in Oolong teas and aged (Purer) teas and the quality is very fine.

Teaism - You can buy the high-quality teas in
their restaurant on line. Some prefer their Sencha above all others.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Coffee Shop helps Katrina Victims

The little coffee shop “Daily Grind,” says it stepped up to the plate, as a good corporate citizen when it hosted a fundraiser on Saturday, 5 November to benefit some of those affected by Hurricane Katrina in the Louisiana area.

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Free Coffee Shop Startup Guide

Start a Coffee Shop with Expert Guidance from Cafemakers

CafeMakers is pleased to announce that their new 21-page guide, 12 Fundamentals of a Successful Coffee Business is now available for FREE on their website at From the homepage of their website, click where indicated and enter your contact information so that we can send you a copy by email.

In the document, they discuss a dozen critical business issues that will directly impact the success or failure of a coffee shop. Whether you are starting a new coffee shop or looking for ideas to improve your existing coffee business, these are 12 fundamentals that you should not miss (but are overlooked with frightening regularity).

Friday, November 04, 2005

My Buddy...TeaBuddy

Nik Roope had grown so peeved with making cups of tea for co-workers without having the favor returned, he developed a website to bring order to tea-making duties. His site, Teabuddy, is social software for lovers of the leaf.

In British workplaces, where etiquette dictates that anyone venturing to the kitchen must make a cup for everyone nearby, tempers can boil if colleagues neglect their tea-brewing responsibilities.

"Open-plan offices may have revolutionized working patterns but, in the ever-polite U.K., it creates a situation where you can't just make one cup, you must make one for everyone in the entire room," said Roope, a designer with London-based creative agency Poke, where job applicants are vetted for their ability to make up to 18 cups a day.

Read the full article.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee

I just got this email from a friend of mine. Thought provoking really...

A carrot, an egg and a cup of coffee...You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl.
She pulled the eggs out and place d them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see?" "Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied. Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What does it
mean, mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity ... boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter.

"When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?

Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?"

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, job loss, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changed the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Oolong Tea From Taiwan

Tea From Taiwan is a tea vendor based in Taiwan carrying a selection of high-quality oolong tea. All the tea is hand-picked and hand processed and comes from a variety of high-mountain plantations. We currently have a selection of 7 different oolong teas - each quite unique and
offering superb taste.

Each month they highlight one of the teas with a 20% discount. Our tea
of the month for November is Shi Zuo tea from Ali Shan - a perfect
complement to the chilly weather of fall.

This is a roasted tea with a stronger flavour than most of our other
teas. It requires a short brewing time and steeps to a rich dark brown
liquor with a pleasing complex flavour.

All orders are shipped via Taiwan air post and delivery is about 1 week
to the United States. Free shipping on all orders over $60.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

MugMouse = Coffee + Mouse

The MugMouse, by interaction designer Louise Wictoria Klinker, is a computer mouse you can use to drink coffee. Or a coffe mug you can use as a mouse.

The seems pretty logical for the on-the-go business type person. But watch out for spills and frequent coffee breaks.