Over the Teacups

Giving Voice to the Tea Industry

A New High for Starbucks on the Magnificent Mile

Hello Starbucks! So long Crate & Barrel. In 2019, Starbucks is opening a new tourist attraction on the Magnificent Mile, Chicago, which I affectionately call the Billion Dollar Mile. It’s located in the former Crate & Barrel space. This makes it Starbucks’ largest planned location. Imagine what it would be like to have a 43,000 […]

Puer Tea – Tea Class

Tea Class – Puer Tea In San Francisco, Phil Parda is teaching the Specialty Tea Institute’s Level III, Pu-erh Tea class.  The class is precise, hands-on, and includes pu-erh tea tastings. Phil knows his tea stuff. The first time that I heard him speak about pu-erh was at the STI tea symposium in Seattle about ten years […]

Tea and Food Pairings

Tea and Food Pairings I’ve never really given much thought to tea and food pairings. Ti Kuan Yin, Matcha and a Ceylon/Assam blend seem to be the tea caddies that I refill most often. When in a wild mood, I’ll make a pot of Sencha Kyoto, Kenya CTC or Assam FTGFOP. And never, ever a […]

5 Inexpensive Ways to Boost Your Restaurant Revenue

Five Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Restaurant Revenue Everyone in the restaurant business is constantly looking for ways to improve their restaurant revenue and make more net profit. Everybody knows the expensive ways, like relocating or remodeling, but what about the inexpensive ways to improve your restaurant revenue? Here are five ideas worth considering. Revise Your […]

Congratulations! Gourmet Tea Leaders

Gourmet Tea and Fancy Food The Specialty Food Association announced the winners of its second annual Leadership Awards honoring influential and innovative entrepreneurs who are transforming the way the $86 billion specialty food industry does business. The winners by category are: Citizenship: Tyler Gage, co-founder and co-CEO, Runa Tea, Brooklyn, N.Y. (shown here); Business Leadership: […]

5 Things You Can’t Skimp On In Your New Tea Shop

Restaurant or Tea Shop Must-Haves While there are many factors that are important in the success of any restaurant, five factors are essential. Not only do these guidelines assure success, failure to meet any one of them may be fatal to your fledgling enterprise. Customer Service Prompt, friendly interaction with customers establishes the foundation of an […]

Tea Shop! Secrets to Create the Perfect Ambiance

Starting a Tea Shop If you’re starting your own tea shop, you’re probably already aware that the success of any cafe or restaurant depends on its atmosphere, as much as its menu. Even if you have the best Ceylon, Darjeeling and Earl Grey this side of the Atlantic, no one will want to sit and sip in […]

Need to Recapture Lost Tea Photos?

Gremlins find their way into my Drop Box folder’s tea photos or backup files. It’s easy to take a screen shot and resave to a tea photos file. Here’s how.

It’s a Special Day! Kindle Countdown Deals

It’s Kindle Countdown Deal Day 1 What’s special about today? Many things, of course, and today the Kindle version of “17-76 Tea Party Award Winning Recipes” is on a Kindle Countdown Deals (a daily deal) for only 99 cents! That’s 17 Jam, Marmalade, Jelly and spreads for your favorite scones.  In the same cookbook and […]

Kindle Countdown Deals – Scone Recipes

Kindle Countdown Deals What are Kindle Countdown Deals? It allows readers and writers to take advantage of Kindle books that have been placed on sale from their original price. Want scone and jam recipes at a great price? The best selling “17-76 Tea Party Recipes – Award Winning Recipes” – a collection of 76 scone recipes and […]

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