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Saturday, January 28, 2006

A Floating Cafe?

I just read this article about a very cool twist to having a cafe.

The Wheelhouse Café is located aboard the beautifully re-fitted Ella, a former tug which has been converted to a high standard. The boat now provides a café and function facilities over two decks, and was recently licensed for weddings.

The tug retired in Grimsby in 2002 and has undergone a complete deck refurbishment. The upper deck has seating for 22 with a further external covered area that seats16.

The lower deck provides seating for 24 and is complete with bar facilities. There is also disabled access to all public areas. There are kitchen and preparation areas as well as an office and storage facilities.

I like this idea. It's creative and changes up the atmosphere a bit. I'd go there just for that alone.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Coffee House Tours

Check out this website. It's run by a gal named Annette Warner and has tons of info about coffeehouse music events, locations, reviews, and links. There is also a mailing list for musicians to get advice about how to work the coffeehouse scene. This following copy was taken from her site: began it's quest within the quaint, artistic and multi-cultural ambiance of the east coasts Wilmington, NC music scene. The reason for the creation of this valuable resource started as a simple one...I love good Java, and love making and listening to good music!

I also enjoy doing my part to keep live music thriving and nurtured in as many places as possible. But, nothing beats an intimate atmosphere for laid back music stylings and coffee shops just seem to be the mainstay love for aspiring songwriters and folk music artists. Even full bands are enjoying listening room/bean grinding atmospheres now-a-days! Many famous super stars started out in hometown style java huts, and through the years music and coffee/tea houses have just remained a cohesive mixture for those who treasure those memories of the 60's and for those that enjoy that ambiance coming back in all it's glory...even if you missed the original era. There are many websites supporting links to Coffee Houses in their areas that support live music, but none quite like this. Our mission is to create and maintain the most comprehensive resource and tour guide for a musician as possible as well as support the venues that welcome us "Java Jukers" with open arms and plenty of beans :)

In addition to the obvious benefits of having a tour guide at your finger's future plans are to organize and embark on an annual physical tour state by state visiting all the coffee houses on our domain with a select group of participating artists in tow celebrating and bringing back to the forefront the ambiance of the 60's era acoustic Coffee House Music. Yes, it's still around..but it doesn't get the attention it deserves. We 'bout to change all that :)

Friday, January 20, 2006

Free Wi-Fi Cafes.......on the West Side

If you are on the West Cost you might want to find:

Free Wi-Fi Cafes in San Francisco
Free Wi-Fi Cafes in Berkeley

How to Open a Tea Room

If you are interested in starting a tea room. Check out these websites first.

Here's a tea test to test your knowledge about the tea industry. It's good dthing to look into if you have a business or just for fun.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

'Tea cola' boasts health benefits

India is aiming to give the world‘s cola giants a run for their money-with a new exotic soft drink.

The Indian cola was concocted by scientists using tea extracts.

The new Indian “tea cola“ is made using traditional Assamese tea.

So far, two varieties have been developed-one made from the extracts of black tea and the other from green tea.

It is likely to be on the shelves in six months and will cost half the price of popular soft drinks.

What is unique about this Indian cola is that the drink boasts the wide-ranging health benefits of traditional tea.

Dr Pradeep Tamuli, In-charge-Biochemistry, Tocklai Tea Experimentation Station, Assam, said, “This tea cola has got high anti-oxidant properties so it will act against stress. People suffering from stress, they (develop) certain toxic molecules. And it acts against the toxic molecules, specially the toxic oxidants they have developed.“

The Tocklai Tea Experimentation Station in India‘s northeastern Assam state is the world‘s biggest facility for research into tea.

It took scientists there three years to concoct the tea cola, and although a patent is still pending, the research facility is already marketing the drink to the health conscious.

China and Japan have introduced similar drinks-but the Indian researchers claim to have the edge.

Dr. Tamuli said: “We have the advantage over them…that the taste of our tea soft drinks is comparatively better to Japanese and Chinese because of the special chemical constituents of Assam tea. Because Assam tea is famous for the liquor.“

Local traders say the tea cola will add some fizz to the tea industry in Assam .

Upen Dutta, a tea trader, said: “In the future, the tea cola will not only prove immensely beneficial to the consumer, it will also help rescue the recession in Assam‘s once vibrant tea industry. The sagging industry here will get a new life.”

There are several other tea-products in the pipeline, including the world‘s first chewable tea pill and tea cake for the serious tea enthusiast. The marketing department at the Tocklai Tea Experimentation Centre says people are tired of boring old tea in a cup.

Source: The Asian Pacific Post

Monday, January 16, 2006

Harrods to sell most expensive tea

A type of tea believed to be the most expensive ever seen in Britain goes on sale later this month, Sky News reports.

The rare Chinese green -- called The Tieguanyin tea -- costs 300 times more than the usual household brew, about £8.50 ($15.00) a cup.

The loose oolong leaves, grown in China's central Fujian province, can be re-brewed up to seven times, a Harrods spokesman said.

It is nearly three times the price of the most expensive tea currently sold at the prestigious London store.

Harrods food spokesman Andre Dang said the premium tea did not lose its flavor when re-brewed -- making it less expensive than it first appeared.

"It's got a beautiful perfume. Very, very floral. It's like sitting in a garden on a hot summer's day when all the flowers are really heady," he said.

The tea's name refers to the Buddhist deity Guan Yin and has been translated as Iron Goddess of Mercy.

Source: United Press International

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Judge Rules In Favor Of Small Coffee Shop

Los Angeles, CA (AHN) - A federal judge rules a small New Hampshire coffee shop can continue offering its "Charbucks" brand coffee beans, following an almost ten-year legal battle with coffee giant Starbucks Corp.

Judge Laura Swain of New York federal court ruled last month it was unlikely coffee hounds would be confused between Starbucks and the "Charbucks" and "Mister Charbucks" coffee brands sold by the family-owned Black Bear Micro Roastery of Center Tuftonboro, New Hampshire.

Swain also ruled Starbucks failed to prove the "Charbucks" products tarnished its image.

Starbucks first complained of Black Bear’s use of "Charbucks" back in 1997.

Source: All Headline News

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Tea Swap

What is tea swapping? It is growing very popular and may be something you cafe's should consider doing. A tea swap is a friendly exchange. Basically, you send off a sample of tea and in exchange, you will receive a sample of tea.

Madam Potts is doing it.

Detailed Information - PDF File

Here is something extra:

The Tea Swap Kit

You will need:
  • Film Cannister
  • String
  • Sachet of sugar
  • powdered milk sachet or uht creamer etc.
  • Tea bag (preferably in a paper sachet)
  • Tea instructions
  1. Make a hole in the lid of your film cannister and thread the string through it. Tie in a knot to secure.
  2. place the tea bag, sugar and milk sachet in the cannister
  3. add the printed instructions for making the perfect cuppa
  4. decorate the outside of the cannister with a teacup and teapot or english symbols etc.
via: Burley-in-Wharfedale

Friday, January 06, 2006

Intel Jumps Into Internet Cafe Business

I previously predicted what will happen in the future in this post with regard to companies showing a great deal of interest towards internet cafes. It seems I was correct.

Intel, the world’s foremost chipmaker, is tapping into the Korean-specific business of Internet cafes, called ``PC Bang,’’ under business alliance with affiliates of three global firms.

Intel Korea Thursday opened an Internet cafe at Nowon-gu, northern Seoul in collaboration with such global high-tech entities as Nvidia and Benq.

Learn more about this new development.

I wonder how deep the rabbit hole will go.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

How I got hooked on tea

Since this is the beginning of the year. I felt compelled to talk about how I began to be intrigued by tea.

It all started with a regular summer visit to the tea capital of the world. When I was much, much younger I would go to England every summer to visit my Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles. It was always a fun vacation for me. And every time I came back I was always speaking "proper" english.

Anywho, it was one of these nights on one of these vacations that I was first intrigued by tea. Now I have had tea before this. But one night my grandparents & company were chatting in the living room and my grandmother gave my a snack before bedtime. This snack was biscuit and tea. However the tea looked different that the tea I am used to. The tea had a light brown color... and I was used to a dark brown color. So I looked at the beverage skeptically and asked "What's that?!" she replied "Tea." I said "Why does it look like that?". She said "It's tea with milk." "Oh", I said.

I had no idea people put milk in tea. And when I tasted it..... let's just say that to this day, for the most part I add milk to my tea. This little experience showed me that there was more to tea that I was used to. So I began looking into different types of teas and never looked back.

That's my story. We'll be willing to add your story. All you have to do is just email us.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Tea Mind, Be Kind

"The first cup moistens my lips and throat; The second cup breaks my loneliness; The third cup searches my barren entrail but to find therein some thousand volumes of odd ideographs; The fourth cup raises a slight perspiration-all the wrongs of life pass out through my pores; At the fifth cup I am purified; The sixth cup calls me to the realms of the immortals. The seventh cup-ah, but I could take no more! I only feel the breath of the cool wind that raises in my sleeves. Where is Elysium? Let me ride on this sweet breeze and waft away thither."

Lu Tung (Chinese poet during T'ang Dynasty) "Tea-Drinking"

This quote was taken from a new website I found called Tea Mind, Be Kind, a new blog by Maitri Libellule. There are couple of interesting things on there.