November the 25th was the grand opening of the Christmas market and this year, Lovely Tea Teas took to streets to provide the local residents and people from afar with hot drinks to warm up the ol’ cockles.
The weekend commencing the 25th was also the big turn on for the Christmas lights making the Saturday and Sunday very busy as a total of 18,000 visitors passed through the market.
At our stall this Christmas, we had in stall (excuse the pun), some exclusive Christmassy blends put together by Mr Tea himself. Our popular ones that people shouted about was the Caribbean Christmas that had special pieces of Apple, Rose hip, Pineapple, Cinnamon, Coconut, Star Anise and natural petals. Chocolate Rooibos that had blended in Cocoa pieces and Peppermint. Then there was our Caramel Cream black tea that included Butterscotch pieces and Caramel to name but a few.
We also had our popular Apple Spiced blend and Irish Breakfast. All of our teas were packaged up in our eco-friendly bio kraft pouches which were heat sealed for freshness.
As a growing tea business one of our objectives is to encourage people to start drinking good tea again. To help us achieve this goal we served a choice of Continental English Breakfast Tea or Masala Chai with a Vanilla flavoured biscuit. The Continental English Breakfast was slightly different to your conventional PG Tip, or Tetley tea bag.
Our Continental English Breakfast was sealed in silk pyramid tea bags which was able to hold multiple blends of black teafrom Assam, Kenya (Kericho) and China (Anhui Province). What made the Continental Breakfast great is that it had a nice full body, went well with milk and had a slight hint of oak. We even had good feedback from some of our customers. To demonstrate the good quality of tea they were getting I had split open several supermarket teabags and had poured the dust into a Ramekin to show off what they would normally drink. Occasionally I would drop in the line that they have been drinking factory floor sweepings their entire life which got a few chuckles.
Unfortunately due to the last minute notice of putting together my stall I was left very short staffed as two members of the Lovely Tea Teas team took time out to see family. Being a big believer in if you want something done do it yourself this meant I had to be the Mr Tea figurehead for the entire duration. Because I knew that the weekend was going to be a busy one I had to get in some last minute help so Mr Tea had to call in his dad to the rescue.
Dad would be making the hot drinks whilst I would be at the front talking to customers about our different range of teas. We were doing a special deal this Christmas which featured a pack of any loose leaf tea for £5.00 and with each purchase came a free infuser. A lot of the customers loved this concept as it would have been the first time that they had tried loose leaf tea.
My dad on the other hand has worked on many markets from a young age that meant his Del Boy Trotter instincts had kicked in and out came the Barrow Boy Spill – “Wrap your hands round a nice hot cup of tea” “Worth a pound to warm your hands up” “Nice hot cup of tea to warm up the Ol’ Cockles.” To my astonishment it had actually worked but I did have to remind my dad that we not just a standard market trader selling ordinary hot brews.
Apart from the frost bite cold it was great to meet so many tea connoisseurs and to have so many friendly chats about their tea experiences. We were talking about the unanswerable question since the dawn of tea on whether you should put the milk in first or last. Should tea be drunk with or without milk and the perfect way to make a decent cuppa. Everybody was so warming and I hope to see them all again at the same place next year.
To summarise the entire week was joyful, full of cheer and it was nice to talk to the other independent traders about their day over a nice hot cup of tea.
As a company we have been around for over a year offering a service through our official website but next year we have plans to turn up to a few summer and winter events to spread happiness so make sure you stayed tuned for the latest news.
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