There are certainly increasing number of tea houses / tea shops around Australia. It is a really exciting tea to get into tea as there are some many varieties of tea now available in Australia.
If picking a range of tea to start your dream tea house is a bit tricky, fear not, we have a little “cheat-sheet” here for you 🙂
First let us recap what are common:
Beyond that, you should stock:
- Chai Marsala / Spicy Chai (Black) – popular Indian drink – great hot or cold. Traditionally, Chai is made super strong before adding milk and honey/sweetener. Our Chai is good with milk and Spicy Chai is more suited to customers prefers drinking chai without milk.
- Green Tea with Jasmine (Green) – the kind of tea a Yum Cha restaurant typically serves – but we offer a much better grade. Many love it after meal for digestion.
- Hibiscus (Herbal) – Tartish taste (like Ribena without sugar) and stunning ruby colour infusion. Known to help reduce blood pressure. Great hot or iced.
- Rooibos (Herbal, but kind of taste like black) – becoming popular as a caffeine free herbal drink. taste resembles black tea. Very drinkable – hot or cold. South African feed this to babies instead of milk! Goes well with honey, mint or milk.
- Assam (Black)– good black tea with milk has got a new name! Forget such and such breakfast tea, go Assam! Good strength, nice malty flavour. Must try for any milk tea drinker.
- Ginger Kiss (Herbal) – Ginger tea gets the tick from many people from different cultural background and age group. It is great for digestion with a mellow citrusy zing.
- Red Rose Buds (Herbal) – mellow rose infusion that relaxes the mind while toning the skin. Many Asian ladies swear by it to keep their skin beautiful!
- Berry Fairy (Fruit) – a sweet infusion of fruits. Taste great as is or you can turn it into a base for desserts, such as icecream, granita, syrup for pancake.
- White Dragon (Oolong) – oolong is known for its weight control property. this one is very nice to drink with sort of a sweet milk fragrance. Addictive stuff. If a tea shop doesn’t have an oolong, I would double-think whether they know their tea.
- Jasmine Dragon Pearls (White) – packed with antioxidants, these delicate handmade white tea pears have a similar taste to Jasmine green tea (but much lighter). Easy to carry to work. White tea is expensive, but has a fairly devoted following.
As always, we suggest you to look at your clientele and target the tea to your specific market, rather than just go for the popular!
Start with a range that you are already drinking, as they would be easier for you to talk to your customers about. If you never drink herbal, it is hard for you initially, at least, to convince someone else to drink it.