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david said

The perfect tea night at a cafe?

Hey all!
Just wanted to ask some questions and get some advice as to what you guys think would make a nice tea night/get together at a cafe. We are working with a local cafe to bring a ‘tea night’ to Miami. SO! my question is as follows:

What do YOU think would make a fantastic gathering for tea on a Wednesday night? We were thinking of having some samples from us, musicians, board games, laid back environment. Not necessarily for the tea experts, but warm enough for anyone curious to join.

Thoughts?

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Lala said

I think live music would be great!

Doing specific tea and food pairings.

Doing theme nights- this week green tea, next week white, etc.

Maybe developing some kind of tea trivia game, where people can learn more about tea. Have a prizes and stuff.

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All your ideas sound great :)

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david said

I like the idea of theme nights. With respect to food pairings, are you thinking they are included in some fee or people buy as they wish?

Lala said

I think you could do it a few different ways. You could have people purchase tickets to attend the evening which would cover so many cups of tea and so much food. Or you can have the cafe feature a few food items that would pair well with whatever theme you are going with, and customers could purchase that if they wish.

david said

thanks Lala, I was thinking along your second point might work best.

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I’m trying to think of ideas, but all I can think about is that I wish I lived in Miami so I could go to this tea night! (and drink all the tea)

Tealizzy said

Me too!

david said

Awkward, we can skype you in! :D

lol, you could, but I’d be watching everyone drink all the awesome tea I could be drinking!

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Whereabouts in Miami? I was there a few years ago.

Things that I think would be neat to do:
Reach out to local artists and showcase their work. Maybe for one month at a time before moving on to the next one.

Have speakers come in to talk about tea. Maybe partner up with a local shop and feature one of their blends for the week. Then you can trade discounts, 10% off at each store/cafe. I know it sounds counter productive, but as long as they are in different neighbourhoods, it will drive business!

Bake goods with tea in them. Matcha shortbread, Earl Grey scones etc.

If you are making the blends yourself, host a focus group. People love to be involved with stuff like that! or you could make a contest to have the tea named after a customer.

Movie night!! If you have a place where you can fit a screen, or maybe a projector on a wall. Maybe charge a cover but offer a tea that fits with the movie like the movie Morocco, and then serve Moroccan Mint.

Sorry that’s all I have at the moment!

david said

Some great points. Thanks! we are in South Miami/Downtown Miami. We are probably going to have some artists present.

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Lala said

Focusing art as well as musicians would be neat too.

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These ideas are awesome.. Like the live music and art.. Yeah, you could have young visual artists exhibit their artwork.. In terms of themes, the whole thing could be themed. Eg. If it’s a green tea or asian tea night dress up like asians and have chinese tea cups and sit on th floor etc.. African nights.. Rasta nights, jam reggae or have a reggae band, hav a jamaican theme and drink herbal tea (wink, nudge, nudge) :) jus kidding (not really) but u can do so much with ur awesome idea..

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david said

Thanks for all the tips. We will let you know what we decide to do and how it plays out.

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Only one suggestion – bring one to near me! ;) LOL this sounds like a lot of fun!

david said

Where are you located keentea? :D

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RiverTea said

I can only think of tea and piano music. They do wonders for the soul when combined.

david said

That may work, but we have a pretty diverse crowd down here.

RiverTea said

Indeed, well it seems that a good solution is to organize events with different themes like classic evening, Victorian tea afternoon, Japanese style and so on.

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