All Things Tea offers tastings and home parties that can be organised in your home or anywhere else. I only use and sell quality loose leaf tea and focus on eco-friendly accessories (as little plastic as possible!).
I’ve been lucky enough to have been selected for the Crowdfunder Side Hustle Back Her Business competition (in collaboration with NatWest). They will pledge the first £50 on my project to help me get going, but only if I go on to raise another £200 from a total of at least 5 supporters. I can get another £500 pledge from Back Her Business if I can raise a further £500 from a further 30 or more backers. That’s why I’m asking for your help in making my dream become reality.
Your pledge and the Back Her Business pledge will help me expand my tiny little business. I will be able to get:
- A stall for the markets,
- A professional website to support with my marketing,
- More and exclusive tea to use for tastings.
I have added a Stretch Goal as well and those extra funds will help me to:
- Create a web shop,
- Get training and equipment to start creating my own blends,
- Engage a professional company to create a logo and packaging for my own blends,
- Become a licensed importer so I can source tea straight from the plantations.
Tea is something you drink with friends and family on a cosy Sunday afternoon or after a nice meal. It is given to people who feel a bit under the weather or who are in need of comfort. It warms you up on a cold winter morning and can cool you down on a hot summer afternoon. It can wake you up after a short night or help you fall asleep after a long and stressful day. It can be drank on its own, hot or cold, mixed with juice, milk or stronger liquids. It can be an elegant substitute to the wine menu for the designated driver or simply the elementary part of high tea.
Photo by Joanna Kosinska via Unsplash.
From an early age, I have found tea to be an intriguing thing. In itself it is quite an uncomplicated product, but the ways in which it is used and the connotation it can have in different situations is very vast.
About two years ago I started a more in-depth journey into the world of tea and followed my first introductory course with Kelly Meeus, a Belgian Tea Sommelier. It was an eye opening experience that not only taught me a lot about the Camelia Sinensis plant and the production process of tea, it also introduced me to a vast world of flavours I never imagined could be linked with tea. Things like milky oolong (no milk involved!), Tibetan butter tea, smoky tea, tea that smells and tastes like peat whisky, grass, vegetables, fruit, spices, nuts, cotton candy, (burnt) popcorn, tobacco, or simply a forest after a good rain splash. The smells, flavours and images tea conquers up in your mind’s eye are endless. It takes you back to memories you long forgot about, bringing back all sorts of nostalgia. More than once did our group lose itself in the childhood stories that accompanied warm memories and feelings, brought back to life by the tiny cup of liquid we were holding.
After that it was easy to decide that I wanted to continue my training in tea and further discover the wonders this sensory world holds and to someday be able to make my living working in it.
As I am proceeding with my training to become a certified tea sommelier, master and blender, I also started feeling a growing need to share these experiences with other people. That is why I started All Things Tea. Its purpose is to help people discover the immense universe of tea and learn more about its origins, how to use and brew it and how to enjoy it. It will hopefully open up the same world of sensory experiences to them as it did to me because it is an amazing feeling, when you find that perfect tea that tickles your nose and tongue just right, that takes you to the most beautiful places in your mind or brings back precious memories. When it not only fills your body with its warmth but also your soul.
All Things Tea is officially a business since 1 November 2019!
I’ve identified four tea suppliers I want to work with, all small (family) businesses, and have been trying all the tasty samples they have sent me. They are:
- Y-tea of the Lake District: a small tea business, founded in 2018 by young entrepreuneur Thomas Cheung.
- Tregothnan: an English tea company in Cornwall that not only creates their own ranges of tea, but also grows it themselves! They were the first in the UK to start a successful tea plantation.
- Nothing But Tea: a small family run business in Bedford who are passionate about quality loose leaf tea.
- Les Thélices de Sophie: this one goes back to my own Belgian roots. This small Walloon company, started by tea passionate Sophie in 2012, creates blends matched with first names.
The first tea tastings and tea home parties have been booked as well as the first Christmas markets.
I’ve invested all my savings and used my credit card to create my initial inventory. I am now very much looking forward to putting it all to the test in the first home party on November 20th 2019.
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