Indulge in Life

Musings from the co-founder of Tielka.

Stockist Profile :: SouthEast Espresso, Coolangatta, QLD

Rebecca Domorev - Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Tielka Fairtrade Organic tea brewing at SouthEast Espresso, CoolangattaTielka Fairtrade Organic Tea brewing at SouthEast Espresso, Coolangatta

LOCATION
229 Boundary St, Coolangatta QLD

WEB ADDRESS
www.facebook.com/southeastespresso

A MINUTE WITH
Stacey Megee

When did you start your business? 
16th May 2017

What inspired you to start your business? 
Jim has always had a passion for food, in the kitchen cooking with his family since he was a toddler. We moved up from Victoria almost 3 years ago and started working in hospitality and both fell in love with the lifestyle. We had past the cafe a few times while out walking Diego (our dog) and commented that if it ever went up for sale we would buy it no matter what.

What do you love about your business? 
The atmosphere, location and locals.

What's your favourite menu item?
Definitely the Caprese.

What little thing in life gives you joy?
Good food and family time.

How do you recharge your batteries?
Anything to do with the water and Diego.

What's your favourite Tielka tea?
South Cloud Chai

TIELKA PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT SOUTHEAST ESPRESSO

  • Fairtrade Organic Tielka Breakfast Black Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Earl Royale Black Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Rose Moscato Green Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic South Cloud Chai Black Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Limonada Rosa Herbal Infusion

The Photoshoot

Rebecca Domorev - Wednesday, May 31, 2017

It was pouring rain when I woke up on that Thursday morning. It hadn't rained all summer, then the week leading up to the photoshoot, it was forecast to rain every single day. Should we reschedule to the following week? Or have faith that things will work out in spite of the ominous cloud readings? I took a breath and made the decision and sent a message to Vicky and Jen that we would go ahead.

Hair by Vicky at House of Hair Makeup by Jen

As it turned out, the decision was good. The following week it rained almost non-stop and the week after that cylone Debbie hit. And as for that Thursday afternoon, the rain continued almost all afternoon as Vicky from House of Hair prepared our hair, Jen from Jennifer Campbell Makeup Artistry did makeup, we got dressed but it stopped almost the moment we ventured into the outdoors for the shoot. Uncannily, the rain picked up again the moment we returned indoors when the sun had well set and the light was no longer amicable for photos.

In business, you have to develop a certain level of faith. I'm not sure I would have survived without it. There are things in business beyond anyone's control and this is the rock that has kept me steady.


The day was fun. We were girls in nostalgic heaven surrounded by pretty dresses, lush gardens, teacups, tasty treats and laughter. We were surrounded by a feast of local Agnes Water delights. The setting, our favourite cafe 1770 Getaway, was perfect for the pretty high tea so stunningly prepared and the table was dressed beautifully with flowers from Discovery Coast Blooms by Loulita. We were adorned with bespoke jewellery from Red Cloud Jewels by Wayne Doyle.

Tielka Fairtrade Organic Tea

A good friend provided a mouth-wateringly gorgeous vintage car and locals volunteered costume pieces, bags, shoes and a bow tie for our resident model-waiter. Even four students from local Discovery Christian College put their talents to work as second photographer, makeup assistant and set assistants. And all this created, directed and captured by local Greenlamp Marketing Solutions.

Tielka Fairtrade Organic Tea

The end of the photoshoot left me with a sense of greatness and lingering wonderment at what beauty and joy a group of passionate people can create together. To say I was proud of my town and our business was an understatement. As the photos slowly sift through our website, social media pages and into cafes and stores, I am delighted to share the heart of Tielka. May it bring joy as people experience Tielka tea.

Indulge in Life.

Rebecca Domorev
Co-founder

For more cute pics from the photoshoot, check out the slideshow at www.tielka.com.au and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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Stockist Profile :: The Spot Caffe, Riverwood NSW

Rebecca Domorev - Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Tielka Fairtrade organic tea at The Spot Caffe

LOCATION
210 Belmore Road, Riverwood NSW

WEB ADDRESS
www.facebook.com/thespotcaffe

A MINUTE WITH
Constance

What inspired you to start your business?
My passion and love for food and hospitality.

What do you love about your business?
Its point of difference, offering fresh wholesome food with friendly service.

What's your favourite menu item?
Waffles and All day breakfast!

What little thing in life gives you joy?
Animals.

How do you recharge your batteries?
A good cup of Tielka tea!

What's your favourite Tielka tea?
Lemon Ginger Herbal Infusion

TIELKA PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT THE SPOT CAFFE

  • Fairtrade Organic Tielka Breakfast Black Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Earl Royale Black Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Jade Mist Green Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Rose Moscato Green Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Lemon Ginger Herbal Infusion
  • Fairtrade Organic Licorice Basket Herbal Infusion
  • Fairtrade Organic Peppermint Leaf Herbal Infusion

 


Stockist Profile :: The Point, Bulli NSW

Rebecca Domorev - Friday, May 19, 2017


Tielka Fairtrade Organic Tea at The Point, Bulli

LOCATION
40b Point St, Bulli Bulli NSW

WEB ADDRESS 
www.facebook.com/thepointbulli

A MINUTE WITH 
Sam Simpson, co-owner (also co-owned by previous manager Vanessa)

When did you start your business?
April 2017

What inspired you to start your business?
Not sure really! This cafe has always been my local and when it was up for sale it just called me. I went into business with the manager Vanessa - she has so many great connections with the local community.

What do you love about your business?
The locals and the staff.

What's your favourite menu item?
Blueberry bagel with ricotta honey and banana.

What little thing in life gives you joy?
I love listening to the yellow tailed black cockatoos.

How do you recharge your batteries?
Love old documentaries!

What's your favourite Tielka tea?
Peppermint Leaf Herbal Infusion.

TIELKA PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT THE POINT

  • Fairtrade Organic Earl Royale Black Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Tielka Breakfast Black Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Jade Mist Green Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Rose Moscato Green Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Lemon Ginger Herbal Infusion
  • Fairtrade Organic Peppermint Leaf Herbal Infusion

 

Stockist Profile :: Hinterland Feijoas, Belli Park, QLD

Rebecca Domorev - Thursday, May 18, 2017


LOCATION
131 Browns Rd Belli Park QLD

WEBSITE
www.hinterlandfeijoas.com.au

A MINUTE WITH
Sally Hookey, owner

When did you start your business?
2007

What inspired you to start your business?
My partner Pete and I both grew up on farms, and we wanted to create our own farm business on our land at Belli Park, based on our values of clean food. We researched lots of ideas and finally settled on growing organic feijoas, a South American Fruit not grown commercially in Australia, but huge in New Zealand. I'd grown up eating feijoas on our family farm near Yass, but Pete had never even tasted one, and so we went to New Zealand to do most of our research! Once we had established our orchard, it takes 5 years to fruit, and from the start of fruit production we opened our farm to direct farm-gate sales. Customers started coming to us from all around the state, even as far as Townsville, and so each year we added something to the farm gate as we've grown. This year we realised a long-time dream of converting our garage to a full gift shop and adding a food van, meaning we can open right through the year! Our retro food van is named Myrtle, after the feijoa trees, and we open every Saturday 9-3. We serve organic Montville Coffee, Fairtrade organic Tielka Teas, and all organic home-made goodies, lots featuring feijoas of course! Our gift shops stocks only things made by family and friends and we have also collected lots of very cute animals that kids can pat!

What do you love about your business?
We love working outside together in complete harmony with nature, and how our business has become a reflection of our love for each other and our family.

What's your favourite menu item?
Feijoa Chocolate Cake!

What little thing in life gives you joy?
Walking with mini-goats.

How do you recharge your batteries?
A cup of tea on our veranda enjoying our view!

What's your favourite Tielka tea?
Limonada Rosa Herbal Infusion

Tielka Fairtrade Organic Tea at Hinterland Feijoas

 

TIELKA PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT HINTERLAND FEIJOAS

  • Fairtrade Organic Tielka Breakfast Black Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Earl Royale Black Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic South Cloud Chai
  • Fairtrade Organic Cacao and Chilli Chai
  • Fairtrade Organic Lady Betty Black Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Jade Mist Green Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Rose Moscato Green Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Persian Mint Chai
  • Fairtrade Organic Midnight Blossom Oolong Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Lady Grace Oolong Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Moonlight White Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Lemon Ginger Herbal Infusion
  • Fairtrade Organic Licorice Basket Herbal Infusion
  • Fairtrade Organic Limonada Rosa Herbal Infusion
  • Fairtrade Organic Peppermint Leaf Herbal Infusion

 

Stockist Profile :: Graze Cafe and Sushi, Proserpine, QLD

Rebecca Domorev - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tielka Fairtrade organic tea available at Graze Cafe and Sushi, Prosperpine, QLDMeet the team at Graze Cafe and Sushi, Proserpine QLD, now serving Tielka Fairtrade organic tea.

LOCATION
124 Main St, Proserpine QLD

DATE TIELKA ARRIVED
March, 2017

A MINUTE WITH
Sarah, cafe owner

When did you start your business?
I bought a pre-existing sushi shop around 12 months ago, and renovated into a cafe and sushi bar at the start of March.

What inspired you to start your business?
I wanted to grow the business further, and after considering our local market and researching some successful cafes in australia, I formed my own concept.

What do you love about your business?
I love talking to people and making them happy!

Favourite menu item?
I love all of our menu!!! It is so interesting as we are constantly rotating and changing.

What little thing in life gives you joy?
My dogs are beautiful, they like kids.

How do you recharge your batteries?
Spending time at home, swimming in the creek, and gardening, I have a particular interest in succulents and cacti.

TIELKA PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT GRAZE CAFE AND SUSHI

  • Fairtrade Organic Earl Royale Black Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic South Cloud Chai Black Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Tielka Breakfast Black Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Jade Mist Green Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Limonada Rosa Herbal Infusion
  • Fairtrade Organic Peppermint Leaf Herbal Infusion

 

Stockist Profile :: The Pallet Espresso Bar, Mooloolaba, QLD

Rebecca Domorev - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tielka Fairtrade organic tea at The Pallet Espresso Bar, Mooloolaba

LOCATION
Shop 2, 161 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba, QLD

DATE TIELKA ARRIVED
16th February, 2017

A MINUTE WITH
John and Missy, cafe owners

When did you start your business?
December 2014

What inspired you to start your business?
It has been a goal since I first started working with coffee as a teen to open my own shop.

What do you love about your business?
The diversity of customers and friends we make along the way.

Favourite menu item?
South cloud chai with milk and honey

What little thing in life gives you joy?
The perfect cup

TIELKA PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT THE PALLET ESPRESSO BAR

  • Tielka Breakfast Black Tea
  • Licorice Basket Herbal Infusion
  • Rose Moscato Green Tea
  • Limonada Rosa Herbal Infusion
  • Peppermint Leaf Herbal Infusion
  • South Cloud Chai Black Tea

Stockist Profile :: Patisserie FeFiFo, Inverell, NSW

Rebecca Domorev - Monday, March 13, 2017

Sanae Yagi, Liam Mcdonald, Ebony Adams and Annie having fun at FeFIFoAlex preparing fresh pastry at FeFiFoFeFiFo's resident coffee expert, Lachlan Mcdonald, brewing a delicious cuppaFeFiFo apprentice Annie Kenny working hard as usual

LOCATION
Shop 11, Central Plaza, Byron St, Inverell NSW

DATE TIELKA ARRIVED
10th February, 2017

A MINUTE WITH
Alex Prdage, cafe owner

When did you start your business?
October 2010

What inspired you to start your business?
The business was inspired by the opportunity to share a love of food and the ambition of running a successful business.

What do you love about your business? 
We love the ability to produce and promote a craft successfully in a region that is receptive and emerging in its food culture.

Favourite menu item? 
Our favourite product is the snails (escargot) because they require the greatest commitment and so they are really rewarding to produce.

What little thing in life gives you joy? 
At FeFiFo we all love life and do take time to enjoy the little things. We are big nature lovers and enjoy making a difference in people's lives both as a business and as individuals.

How do you recharge your batteries? 
We find a great way to recharge out batteries is by travelling to local markets, where we sell our pastries, to see the many diversities our region has to offer.

TIELKA PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT PATISSERIE FEFIFO

  • Moonlight White Tea
  • Tielka Breakfast Black Tea
  • Limonada Rosa Herbal Infusion

Stockist Profile :: Cosmic Cafe, Gympie, QLD

Rebecca Domorev - Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Tielka Fairtrade organic specialty tea at Cosmic Cafe, Gympie 

LOCATION
8 Lady Mary Terrace, Gympie, QLD

DATE TIELKA ARRIVED
31st January, 2017

A MINUTE WITH
Tina Kirkham Smith, cafe owner

When did you start your business?
Tuesday 31st January

What inspired you to start your business?
We were looking for a change of career for my husband Paul who studied catering and hotel management when leaving school but then spent the next 30 years working in the construction industry. The opportunity of running our own cafe came right out of left field, it was a dream he'd given up on - don't you love the way the universe works.

What do you love about your business?
I love that we've created the kind of cafe I would really enjoy. One with cosy areas, comfy lounges, quirky things and a place for the community where so many connections are made as I'm all about connecting. Plus our food is all gluten free and cooked by my wonderful husband.

Favourite menu item?
Hmmm, favourite menu item, that's tricky as I love everything! Well I've been enjoying our chive omelette brekkie wrap with avo, rocket, house-made mayo and free-range bacon every day this week.

What little thing in life gives you joy?
I have lots of things in life that give me joy, my beautiful family, awesome friends, our animals, running my Women's Wisdom Circles and walking barefoot on the earth every day, hugging trees and lying out under the moon on our stunning property to name just a few.

How do you recharge your batteries?
All of the above haha and the occassional Kahuna massage.

Sea Changing Traffic

Rebecca Domorev - Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Mornign Traffic in Agnes Water

10 hours a week. 40 weeks a year. Dedicated to the blessed carpark that was Melbourne traffic. And that was just on school pick ups and drop offs alone. Then there were the daily trips to the post office (5 hours a week), shops, work, friends places, other errands (at least 30 minutes a piece) and the time spent navigating through each space. I struggle to comprehend the amount of life that were whisked away by the "convenience" of living in a big city.

It didn't really dawn on me until a month or two after we'd moved Tielka and the family from Melbourne to Agnes Water, QLD. For those that don't know, Agnes Water is a tiny beach paradise located 5.5 hours north of Brisbane and 1 hour 20 minutes from the bustling beverage locale of Bundaberg. We moved there three years ago.

It dawned on me one morning when I had to make a trip to the local Centrelink office before work. I dropped my son off at school and headed straight there. I was mentally prepared and I knew I had the whole morning available to deal with Centrelink. What a surprise it was. First there was the three minute drive to the local school to drop off my son, followed by a two minute drive to Centrelink (probably only 45 seconds, but there's time spent getting in and out of the car and finding a park). I walked into Centrelink (the office here also provides all the local government services to our small town), went straight to the counter and a friendly face greeted me. She took my wad of documents and asked me to collect them the following day. Two minutes from arriving I was already out the door and three minutes later I was home. 10 minutes total. TEN MINUTES!!! Consider the gravity of these two words. That's a school drop off AND a trip to Centrelink. I was in shock for the rest of the day.

I'd like to take you back a few years earlier for a similar but slightly different experience I had in Melbourne. One morning, I had to make a trip to the local Centrelink office. I dropped my son off at kinder and headed straight there. Luckily there was a car park near the front of the office. I only had to drop off some documents so the 2 hour parking limit would be more than enough. I walked in the door but didn't get far. The queue ended almost where I entered. A friendly face greeted me and asked what I needed. I explained I needed to drop off some documents and she wrote down a few notes and said it wouldn't be too long. I waited. And waited. And waited. Around forty five minutes later I made a query and was assured it wouldn't be too long. Some time after that a lady called out my name and escorted me to her desk. Finally. She could take my documents and I could go on my happy way. But I waited while I was poked and prodded with question after question, trying my best to answer as correctly as possible but feeling like holes were being poked in the honesty of my application. After what felt like a slightly shorter version of eternity, it was over. Frazzled and completely spent, I walked to my car only to find a parking fine stuck to my window. I think I lost it at this point. 4 hours total. FOUR HOURS!!! Consider the gravity of these two words. That's a school drop off and a trip to Centrelink AND a parking fine.

Don't get me wrong, I love Melbourne. I love my friends and family that are still there. I love the cafes, the hustle and bustle of the city, the crazy weather. I love to VISIT.

But there's nothing like home, living and keeping Tielka thriving in Agnes Water. I love my friends and family that are here. I love the five minute round trip to school and back, the 25 minute walk from home along the beach, around the shops and back home again. The 20 minute trip to buy milk at Foodworks because I bump into this friend or that. The six minute drive to 1770 for lagoon swimming paradise in case the palms around our balcony are not enough to remind me the beauty of where we live. And the 20 second walk to the Tielka warehouse. Because in small towns, there's no shortage of space to set up business, live life and enjoy the traffic.

 


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