Tea Retailer Profiles

Sri Lankan-Australian Fusion Cafe

GEELONG, Australia Hoppers and tea A favorite in Sri Lankan homes, hoppers are bowl-shaped crepes (aappa), made from rice flour and coconut milk fermented together to make a batter that is formed into a deep concave. They take hours to create but just minutes to shape and fill with a huge assortment of toppings...

Teahouse Charms Melbourne, Australia

Afternoon tea at Claridge’s hotel in Mayfair or the opulent Ritz on Piccadilly in London can be no less a celebration than an afternoon in Brunswick, Australia at Mary Eats Cake. That’s the view of proprietor Sarah de Witt, who invested in a chandelier of substance and fine china to rival the stylishly luxurious...

Beauty and the Beast Inspires Tea Interest Worldwide

The live-action Beauty and the Beast film comeback has infiltrated the world of tea across the globe. The classic story features Belle, a young woman held captive in a castle by a beast. While there, she befriends the castle’s staff. A close friend and confidant of hers is a teapot named Mrs. Potts, who...

English Tea Shop Takes on the World

A recent article on Minutehack.com, which features business-focused stories for entrepreneurs and executives, highlighted the British tea company the English Tea Shop. The independent 7-year-old company, it reports, is “riding a wave of demand for high-quality, organic food and drink” with its range of more than 130 varieties of teas and tisanes produced at...

Red Robe Tea House Offers Gong Fu Tea Service

The Red Robe Tea House & Café brings authentic Southern Chinese culture to Portland, Oregon, while still appealing to Western preferences. “I combined the traditional Chinese and Western tastes,” said co-owner Pearl Zhang. “I also came up with this using both creativity and delicacy.” Customers who dine there get an all-encompassing Cantonese cultural experience....

Innovation: Tea Untied

Beverage retailers from Acosta and Dunkin’ Donuts to Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee & Tea feature wholly owned house tea brands. Chicago-based Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea is pioneering a more open way to showcase specialty tea. CHICAGO, Ill. Michael Schultz prizes selection over gross margins. “Choice is what matters,” he says, and when he opens...

The Tilted Teacup: A Piece of England in Florida

Set on a historic property and featuring events to match, the Tilted Teacup Tea Room & Boutique strives to give customers an authentic English tea experience. The owners, Aimee and John Gans, opened the Tilted Teacup in 2012 and business has been growing ever since. John Gans, a former US Army mechanic, said he...

From Tech to Tea

By Janis Hashe It might seem a long way from an optical communications network to a classically styled teashop in Mountain View, Calif., but for former JDS Uniphase production manager Stephen Chien and his wife and partner Ann, it’s a dream come true. The Chiens, originally from Taiwan, immigrated in 1980, initially to Minnesota, then to California’s Silicon Valley...

Matcha in Monterey

By Janis Hashe Cha-ya caters to sophisticated green tea drinkers Born and raised in Toyko, Mitsuko Gammon moved to the United States 40 years ago, only to find her options for quality tea were very limited. For many years, she had relatives send her the teas she wanted from Japan. But in 2005, she...

Tea Retail: The Tortoise and the Hare

In May 2014 the Beverly Hills Teavana Fine Tea + Tea Bar opened to fanfare on the busiest corner in the city. Starbucks had literally cut the baby in half to create this shop, cleaving it from an existing and very successful Starbucks location. The company then gilded a towering architectural feature to brand...