MAN CHA TEAS

Purveyor of Premium Chinese Tea and education provider to children in need.

Back home, time to reflect.

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Returned home for about a week now. It’s been a hairy battle with jet lag but I think I’ve seen the last of that beast.

I’ve been mulling, reading and thinking of all the feed back from the tea sessions. They were heaps of fun and apart from learning a lot myself I feel each guest took something useful back for themselves. Whether it was using different water temperatures for different teas or that green tea has caffeine.

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Man Cha Teas and education

From the start, I want my company culture to be honest and to try to do the right thing. So to lead by example I gave something back to every one of my guests in return. I hope my guests liked the tea and tea cups that I gave them.

tea gifts

Puer

From what I learned I think it is important for the company to provide an experience as well as value to the customer. (note to myself)

With Nathan

Tea and education

It wasn’t easy doing the sessions. I wanted my tea to taste good and so I had to bring litre bottles of mineral water and my own kettle. Cleaning and drying all the apparatus took forever too.

tea equipment

Tea tasting

Looking back though, I kinda enjoyed lugging my stuff across London on the tube. I felt like a travelling salesman who really believed in my product and it was simply a matter of letting people try it to convince them. I didn’t have to do the hard sell as I wasn’t selling anything, which was maybe why people were so open to give opinions. It was a very honest process and very instant like teaching. I prepared it, you tried it then you let me know what you think and try some more. It really brought me back to my previous job and the classroom.

Tea and education

Tea and Education

The main lessons from the trip are that people are genuinely interested with Chinese tea and tea culture. They are eager to learn and to try as long as the presenter is also eager and enthusiastic. Passion breeds passion. I personally felt that the apprehensions and doubt before the trip were put aside when I was leading the sessions. Best of all, I now have the conviction that I can put a great product out there. I really believe that we can educate the West more about tea and Chinese culture. Knowledge is power! “You have everything you need to build something bigger than yourself.”  Seth Godin

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UK tea tastings

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Session 1. pre session

Over the past few weeks in UK. I have held several tea tastings and these were my apprehensive thoughts before….. Enjoy 🙂

“What better way to test the market by actually letting the market taste my tea. Coinciding with a visit to London I’ve asked some friends and friends of friends to come for a tea tasting session.

Session 2. tasters

(very proper tasters. Some serious gourmands here!)

Over the years in Hong Kong I have been patiently taught and have learnt heaps about tea. I have refined my taste of tea and I now know what tea I like most. However if I am going to start a company selling tea I need to know what tea the market likes and not just what I like.

session 1. teamster

(from classroom to living room. Same tired look!)

So for the past 3 weeks I have bombarded my friends particularly those who like tea to come to taste some of the tea I have sourced. I hope to show the way we appreciate tea in Asia, some of its rich history and why I am potty over it.

Session 1. tea babies

(even the babies are having fun. Tea tasting suitable for all ages. Please email for enquiries!)

I have also been scratching my head trying to find a venue for no charge to host this tasting. Luckily my good friend Oli came the rescue and offered the use of his parent’s living whilst they are away. (I hope the don’t mind!)

Session 1. tea apps

(even Oli’s parent’s wooden trolley matches my tea tray. Adds to my credentials!)

So this weekend is the first tasting session I am hosting. I am excited and nervous at the same time. Hopefully all goes well and it will justify my leap of faith to start a tea company.”

……Fast forward 2 weeks. It went swimmingly well. Thanks for all that came. Most of all thanks for the support and the encouragement I need to pull off this venture. X