Do you sell tea and think you should expand your tea range?
Want to create a more variety of tea to add choices for your customers?
We have blended a tea specifically for Mothers’ Day and since the special day is fast-approaching, we thought you would like to see a tea concept brought to life.
You can make a limited release or special edition tea. This will help you test a batch and check if the product concept works. If it does fly off the shelf, you can then create more of your special tea blend.
Watch the video as we highlight “Thinking of You“, a special Mothers’ Day special tea.
If you are a tea seller — tea shop, tea boutique, restaurant, cafe, tea business — having thoughts to make your own tea blend, you have reached the right page of our site.
Firstly, we want to say, hello and welcome.
Here in EmpiroTeas, we are seriously passionate about helping other tea sellers.
We help and share the knowledge we have acquired from more than 10 years in the tea business through our newsletter subscriptions and our latest crash course with free one-on-one call, Tea Biz Rockstar.
And we are proud to say that we have received feedback from numerous tea business owners telling us that we are doing a good job at guiding them in their tea business ventures. Hence, we continue to share advice and recommendations here in our site.
On that note, we want to share about how to make your own tea blend, as a game changer in the having a tea selling business.
Is It OK To Make Your Own Tea Blend?
After a while, you start to think of venturing out of the usual Assam, Ceylon, Mint tea, Earl Grey breakfast, Green tea and etc. Although we are not saying that you can’t stick with the great classics, we just want you to be open-minded about exploration of other teas.
That’s why a lot of tea business have gone into this direction as well, after having a few main staples in their tea range.
Is It Easy To Make My Own Tea Blend?
Well, it may seem more complicated than it is. But it is very easy when you know what to do.
And, all you need to do is talk to a trusted quality tea supplier.
Private label tea or custom blended tea is a service we do at Teas.com.au with our tea business partners.
How Do I Conceptualise My Unique Tea Blend?
There are many mays you can build a concept for a tea blend.
Some can have a certain blend in mind borrowed from a favourite existing tea blend. Others think of a benefit they want to get highlight about their tea — antioxidant, detox, etc. It could also be a feel they want with their tea — calming, cooling, refreshing, etc.
Commercial Bottled Tea? Why are you supporting this?
You can be a cafe or a restaurant that serves tea and it may be easier to just add this option in your menu, but if you are conscious about your customers’ health, switch right away to freshly brewed tea.
The companies selling these commercial bottled tea in plastics are laughing at you for mindlessly subjecting yourself to a poor quality sugar-ladened drink made from dust (and, please, don’t even get me started about the container it is in and how hurtful it is to your health and the environment).
You are paying way more than what you are getting. You don’t know where these bottled tea companies are getting their tea leaves. Whether they were fresh, organic, pesticide-free, premium or not. With millions of possible sources of tea, you can’t just believe what the packaging tells you and serve these to your customers, can you?
Getting your own tea leaves, checking the quality and brewing them is way much better.
Do you even know if these companies use what tea experts call “dust”, or chopped up tea leaves of which oils, aroma and natural taste you expect have already evaporated and dried up in the early stages of handling chopped tea? What is the tea brewed from this even worth, really?
If you are still offering commercial bottled tea believing your customers are getting anti-oxidants, anti-microbial and other health benefits, sorry to tell you but these are only available in freshly steeped or newly brewed good quality tea.
Anti-oxidants in mass-produced commercial bottled tea were long gone before they reached shelves where you get them from.
If you want your customers to feel good that they bought from you, brew your own tea, it’s good for your wallet and for your business. Nobody needs the overload of syrups, sugar, food colouring and artificial flavouring from these bottled iced teas.
That’s $0.80 each serving of fresh iced tea that you can just fetch from the chiller. Serve with lots of ice, then a choice of chilled lemon and honey for a refreshing drink or chilled condensed milk for a little indulgence.
Your customers will love you for it!
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MAKING EASY ICED TEA
20g of Ceylon Black OP loose leaf tea may say it is 20 cups of tea that you can chill, but remember if you want to add ice, make tea twice as strong when brewing to make 10 servings. Watch this video about Easy Iced Tea.
If you want to go fruity try Berry Fairy, an exciting blend of berries filled with anti-oxidants that people always look for in a tea.
Another fruity blend recommended would be Amore, which has a sweet winter-like reminding taste.
The classic black teas that we recommend aside from Ceylon Black would be a refreshingly tangy bright orange tea, Citrus Amber.
For green teas, go for Aussie Green, which is great unsweetened, in my opinion this is the best.
Jasmine Green is and has always been popular, so having it in your menu would be safe as your customers might look for it.
Then, Hula Girl always sparks interest because of how it can send one in vacation-mode with its coconut and red hue.
Choosing a tea supplier? You need to go back and look at yourself and do a bit of soul searching in that way, “what kind of customer do you want to walk in to the door of your business?”.
In the above video:
Hi, Salina here from Teas.com.au and Empiro, thanks for watching this video. You might be wondering, why I want to tell you about choosing your tea supplier. You would probably think that, well wouldn’t you want me to buy tea from you.
The fact is, everyone out there is looking for something and we would not be able to service everyone.
You might be looking for $2 a kilo tea; we definitely can’t help you with that.
You might be looking for something that extremely exotic or it’s a seasonal release, those things, yeah, I love to bring them in too but the demand is just too little in Australia right now, so no… They are not really our bag either.
We do a lot of bulk tea, they are our custom blends, we are looking at the recipes of the teas that we bring in and try to make something unique out of them. They are above average grade. We manufacturer (blend) a lot of our own stock range tea blends.
In fact, no, we are not totally organic although we are approaching that direction of having more organic blends. We also do custom blending and custom packing.
Going back to choosing a tea supplier, you need to go back and look at yourself and do a bit of soul searching in that way, “what kind of customer do you want to walk in to the door of your business?”.
Because, if you’re a teashop vs a café vs a well-being centre, all three different type of industry we worked with have got different requirements with tea.
They all using tea for different reasons, so because of that, you really have to actually go back and say, “okay, what kind of supplier is going to help me to achieve those goals?”, and I really want you to have a bit of a think about that.
Of course, have a look at our website and see what we offer as well. But, yeah, very importantly is to see what your target market is because, just simply saying that all tea drinkers is going to be your target market, it’s just going to give you more stress than you need.
So, I do encourage you to have a bit of a think about that in terms of choosing your supplier.
We do actually have a presentation that we did earlier, an online webinar, that is about 50 minutes, it’s quite long and really goes through discussing different kinds of tea suppliers and how you choose them, what you want to think and what you want to watch out for.
As well as the their strength and weaknesses.
I do want to send that to you as well, it will come up a little later after this video, if you continue to be our member.
So, I look forward to having more conversation with you and if you need a little bit of a chat in terms of that soul searching to find the right tea supplier to lock in to your business goals, feel free to drop us a line or give us call. Visit Teas.com.au
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