How to Select the Best Tea for Tea Shop
Most of us love to start our day with a sip of a warm cup of tea in the morning. Popularly known as Chai in India, tea is often consumed black or is had with milk along with sugar or honey to enhance its flavour. Many a time, spices are also added to this special drink giving it a boost in flavour and aroma.
Tea is a common beverage made in every household and is readily available in tea shops and tea cafes across the country. With the citizens of this county labelling themselves as 'Tea lovers', the demand for tea has led to the blossoming of numerous tea rooms and tea cafes across the country. You can find a tea store mushroomed at the beginning and end of every street. Since this demand has led to the development of hundreds of suppliers of tea, it has become quite impossible to put a finger on what is the best tea you can select for your tea shop.
Here we discuss in detail how you can get the best quality tea for your tea shop and tea cafe.
How to Choose the Right Tea Powder?
For improving your tea business, it is very important to select the best quality of tea. Other factors like quality and quantity of milk, sugar and water also influence the taste of your favourite beverage. Another factor that influences the excellence of your tea is the person who makes it, but the ultimate beauty of tea is in the leaves itself.
Here are some factors to consider while you buy tea powder:
a) Particle size: At first you have to know your requirement. The most popular grades are dust and leaf granule. Leaf tea takes a longer time to soak in and dissipate its flavours. Also, it can be used for multiple infusions. In the case of dust tea, it is a fine powder which infuses faster than leaf tea almost instantly in boiling water. It is much stronger in taste, making it a more preferable choice for teabags.
b) Flavour: Flavour is the main characteristic of the tea. The very first rule for flavour is the leaf has to be large and distinct. Making the quality of tea higher and with enhanced flavour. Few customers would like a lighter flavour and others would like it as a strong infusion. It is very important that you understand the needs of the customers. There are also many flavours of tea present in the market that have additional ingredients combined with it. You can choose from a variety of aromas like - ginger, cardamom, mint, tulsi and many, many more.
c) Organic vs inorganic: Nowadays the demands for organic products are increasing day by day. It is healthier as well as cheaper than any inorganic product. It has no sign of harmful additives, pesticides or insecticides. So only choose natural and organic tea that is good for you and your customer’s health.
d) Aroma: Aroma is another important characteristic of Tea. If you need a long-lasting aroma, check out the tea’s aroma with the samples you collect from the tea seller. Most of the cheap varieties tend to lose out on its aroma in a few days, a quality batch will hold on to it for weeks to come.
e) Colourants/chemicals: You have to check whether your tea contains any added colourants or chemicals. For this, you have to take a glass of cold water and drop some tea leaves on its surface. If you observe a change in colour of the water, you will be sure that the tea is not natural and some chemicals would have been mixed with to artificially enhance its colour. This is a big concern for you and your customers.
So what can you do as the Shop Owner?
a) Purchase small quantity for sampling it the first time.
b) Understand the quantity of consumption and tea powder price
c) Taste it with both milk and without milk
d) Record the feedback from your reliable customers, friends and family
e) Tally the feedbacks from the previous buyers
f) Check the consistency of delivery of the tea seller
And what you can not do as the Shop Owner?
a) Do not judge a tea by its price tag. Most of the time, expensive tea does not ensure you quality, thus devoiding you of its intended pleasure as well as the aroma. So choose wisely.
b) Do not trust free samples of tea. A trickster can always betray you with a lower quality product at purchase.
c) Do not buy tea in bulk quantity for the very first time. Taste and test, and when you are satisfied, you should purchase in bulk.
While the art of selecting a quality batch of tea is not a fools' errand, you can steadily become a connoisseur with time and experience. But before that, let us be the guiding steps for you to be able to keep an eye out for what's good for you as the owner of a tea cafe.
At Yethai Tea, you have varieties of tea leaves and dust which suits tea shops and tea cafes. We are so confident that you can satisfy your customers with our Tea leaves. Hygiene is our priority