Indulge in Life

Musings from the co-founder of Tielka.

Stockist Profile :: Little Alice Cafe & Sparrows Nest, Bairnsdale & Lakes Entrance, VIC

Rebecca Domorev - Friday, March 17, 2017


LOCATION 
Little Alice Cafe - 194 Main St, Bairnsdale VIC 
Sparrows Nest - 581 The Esplanade, Lakes Entrance, VIC

DATE TIELKA ARRIVED
16th August, 2016

A MINUTE WITH
Louise Allen, cafe owner

When did you start your business?
2014

What inspired you to start your business?
I had moved back to East Gippsland where I grew up after 10 years away in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane where I developed a love for going out for breakfast, socialising over long lunches and when I returned home, I found that there really wasn't anywhere around that fit what I was looking for - so after years of procrastination, I quit my bank job and I made it happen!

What do you love about your business?
I love people being able to come to a space and call it their own, to celebrate life's little things, catch up with friends and family and even just be able to get a coffee where someone knows your name! I also love being able to provide a platform for chefs to train, to get actively involved in the local community and promote East Gippsland's amazing produce.

Favourite menu item?
That's a tough one! We change our menu every 6 weeks to ensure we are using what is best in season!

What little thing in life gives you joy?
My work gives me great joy, and when someone leaves the cafe and proclaims "That's the best breakfast/coffee/tea I've ever had" you know the team has done a great job that day.

How do you recharge your batteries?
As a business owner, it can be hard to really wind down - there is always something to do, something that might cause stress or a problem that needs solving. A day off is never really a day off when we live in a world that is so connected. Once a year, I try to attend a week long wellness retreat with Belinda Anderson - dedicated time out to recharge and to focus on my personal growth.

TIELKA PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT LITTLE ALICE CAFE & SPARROWS NEST

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

 

Cold Brew Iced Tea

Rebecca Domorev - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tielka Fairtrade organic cold brew iced tea

I'm racking my brain trying to remember the moment when I was first enlightened to this new / not-so-new anomaly that is cold brew iced tea. I know it happened sometime over the Christmas break while my brain was in creative overdrive but was there an aha moment when I stumbled across this phenomenon? Perhaps there was, but it's gone now. Perhaps because I discovered it was so simple I couldn't really believe it and expected to spend hours researching and testing before working it all out and mastering the process, so I forgot altogether.

The outcome is, I have discovered cold brew iced tea. I'd like to bottle it if I could, but until I can, I'll be sharing it so the world can enjoy it and if you, or someone else you know is a tap-water-only-drinking-cafe-customer that can't find an appealing drink in any good cafe menu, a new light of joy will be dawning.

You may have already heard about my niggling frustration when I go out for "coffee" aka drink of some description. You see, I love going out for "coffee" and I even love the taste of actual coffee, but for me drinking coffee is like playing Russian roulette. Sometimes I drink it and I'm the same happy person I was before I started. Other times I'm on edge for the next few hours and may as well write off the rest of the day. And if I wait too late for a coffee, I'm awake until an ungodly hour chiding myself for giving in to the temptation. And I never order tea, let's face it, I'm spoilt at home with a limitless supply of Tielka and I'm yet to come across a cafe that serves a better brand of tea. Even the endless options of smoothies, juices, soft drinks isn't often appealing as I find they're either too filling, highly processed, or so super sweet that I usually settle with a bottle of mineral water or tap water. Not very exciting, but I REALLY like going to cafes, I love being served food, just the drinks department is often lacking for me. (Actually, this isn't entirely true. I like wine. Wine is good. And I really wouldn't mind a nice glass of Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir if anyone is offering?)

The other day I was at home enjoying a nice cup of cold brew (Tielka) tea with some friends (after celebrating the beginning of the new school year and our newfound freedom as parents with no more little ones at home woooohooo!!!) and they both echoed similar sentiments - about the drinks, not the kids (or maybe about that too?). Being a sugar-free, health conscious family, the cafe drinks fridge is off limits for them and they lamented the lack of attractive drink options. They were intrigued by the cold brew I offered them and the Tielka Breakfast went down a treat.

So I'm going to change this culture, at least I'm going to write about changing this culture, publish a bunch of posts, pics and hope that Aussie cafes take this on board and the world will become a better place with new cold brew tea culture.

It's so simple. Cold Brew Iced Tea. Yet it sounds super fancy and exciting and it's already been hitting the USA and UK over the last couple of years. While it's still in its infancy in Australia, no doubt it's going to get bigger.

How do you make it?

Put tea leaves in a jug, add cold water, sit for a bit, put in fridge, brew overnight, strain and serve. Seriously, it's that simple. I'm not kidding here, that's all you have to do. No special equipment, no complicated university-degree-or-equivalent-training-required, no overgrown beard, large glasses or tattoos required. The only trick is choosing the right tea for the job. Not all teas make nice cold brew. Especially teas that aren't Tielka tea, you can just wipe them of your list straight away for all the obvious reasons and also because an organic specialty tea will always make a better cold brew.

I've been experimenting the last couple of weeks and here are my three favourites - the ones I keep brewing again and again.

  1. Lady Grace Oolong Tea (think deliciously fresh nori sheets)
  2. Tielka Breakfast Black Tea (SO smooth and refreshingly sweet)
  3. Limonada Rosa Herbal Infusion (OMG PING!!!)

I also quite like Earl Royale and South Cloud Chai on milk, but these are my next faves.

Because a bunch of you have scrolled straight to the end of this blog just to find the damn recipe, I'm going to write it out in recipe style so you can find how to make it too:

THE RECIPE - COLD BREW ICED TEA

Makes 1 litre (4 servings)

Ingredients

  • 15 grams of tea (around 7 teaspoons)
  • 1 litre of cold filtered tap water
  • Ice

Instructions

  • Put tea leaves in jug
  • Pour cold water over tea leaves
  • Allow to sit on the bench for around 30 minutes
  • Put in fridge and let brew for around 16 hours (some say 10-12 hours, I like my brew a little more feisty)
  • Strain into different jug
  • Serve on ice

If you're pushed for fridge storage space, brew the leaves in half the amount of water, then when it comes time to serve, fill the glass half full with brew and fill up the remainder with ice and cold water.

What's so good about cold brew?

For some reason, the cold brew method stops any of the astringent flavours from being extracted from the leaf. The sweetness is heightened and only around 1/3 of the caffeine remains.

PS You can try rebrewing the once-brewed leaves for 24 hours for yourself to enjoy later on - yum!

Happy brewing!

Stockist Profile :: Gelato at Biggies, Caulfield, VIC

Rebecca Domorev - Friday, January 27, 2017

Gelato at Biggies Gelato at Biggies Tielka tea at Gelato at Biggies

LOCATION
716 Glen Huntly Road, Caulfield, VIC

DATE TIELKA ARRIVED
20th December, 2016

A MINUTE WITH
Carol, cafe owner

When did you start your business?
Early November

What inspired you to start your business?
I've always wanted to have my own cafe .. and decided the time was right to leave the corporate world and get this dream going... I also have a Saint Bernard called biggie Smalls (who is adorable) and a major show stopper ... so he is the face & logo of my new venture.. check my Instagram account .. gelato at Biggies ... people love him and ask for him by name when they come in.

What do you love about your business?
It's a happy place with a great vibe ! People leave happy!!

Favourite menu item?
Blood orange & dark choc sorbet... and chocolate ...and Egyptian shortbread made by mum.. and Tielka green tea...

What little thing in life gives you joy?
My friends who are so supportive , my family and my baby - Saint Bernard .. he is only 13months and weighs in at 85kg... I also love my customers .. they really enjoy the gelato and love to come on for a chat! The kids are hilarious also I get the lowdown every morning on what they are getting up to on holidays

How do you recharge your batteries?
Holidays ... but not for a while yet...

TIELKA PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT GELATO AT BIGGIES

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

Tielka Travels :: Emilia's, Gympie, QLD

Rebecca Domorev - Friday, November 25, 2016

We have this little tradition when travelling from Agnes Water to Brisbane. You see, the road is far from short and sweet but excitingly long and fabulously never-ending (if your positive vibes are working on overdrive) and there are a couple of things we proactively do, knowing positivity alone is never enough to get us happily to Brisbane. Firstly we negotiate our early start. Alexei suggests 4am and I remind him gently that Emilia’s doesn’t open until 8am, so the earliest we can leave is 4:30am, but let’s be generous and give ourselves an extra half hour sleep and leave around 5am. We usually leave at 5:15am. We get on the road and drive blissfully through the winding road to Bundaberg, and being deplete of the usual entourage of cars, caravans, hippie vans, school and greyhound buses at this time, the lack of overtaking lanes ensures the start of our journey is (mostly) stress-free.

Emilia's, Gympie

We arrive at Emilia’s and oh what joy this moment brings. I have been counting down the minutes since a little past Childers and rationing my dry crackers to keep the hunger pains away while not spoiling my appetite for what Jodi will put together in the kitchen. This morning I order the special (mushrooms, eggs, sour dough bread, pesto, love, deliciousness etc) and while I’d really like a piccolo latte, I limit myself to a sip of Alexei’s knowing the next stop is our favourite coffee roastery in Noosa. Alexei's choice is scrambled eggs with salmon and the boys go for salmon on toast with poached eggs.

Tielka Specialty Fairtrade Organic loose leaf tea brewing at Emilia's, Gympie

I love Emilia’s. And not just because they serve Tielka tea (getting Tielka into Emilia’s was a top priority when we first discovered this little gem in early 2015). The moment I enter, I am transported from the somewhat mundane, not-quite-city-not-quite-country feel of Gympie to a perfectly happy little café in Italy. I always make a point of having my back to the window so I can admire the burgundy walls, metal Vespa calendars with 1960’s pinup girls, old furniture and that cake display which I am still yet to indulge in. Giovanni is the perfect host, I’m not sure if there is anyone that eats there that doesn’t know him like an already or soon-to-be long life friend. It’s about the people on both sides of the counter, and teamed up with Jodi in the kitchen, they make a formidable pair.

Emilia's, Gympie

Jodi’s breakfast special is simple but so memorable. I think it’s the Italian way, just a handful of elements, on paper so basic, but we find ourselves repeating over and over out loud “how do they make it taste so good?”. Five-year-old Paul, with surprising eloquence, explains how the salmon here is so much better than (well I won't say where on this blog)... because, well, it's easy to bite through. I look wistfully at the cake display with my already full stomach and wonder if next time I can fit something sweet in.

Emilia's Gympie

Next stop, Noosa.

Tielka Featured :: Unleashed Customer Case Study

Rebecca Domorev - Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Recently Tielka was selected and featured by inventory management program Unleashed in their video promo. This video gives a little behind-the-scenes insight into what goes on at Tielka as well as a little more about us. We’re really excited to share this with you!

Happy viewing! Please feel free to share.

Stockist Profile :: Country Chicks, Sea Lake, VIC

Rebecca Domorev - Monday, November 21, 2016

Fairtrade organic loose leaf tea

LOCATION
11 Complex Drive, Sea Lake, VIC 3533

DATE TIELKA ARRIVED     
9th November, 2016

A MINUTE WITH...
Amy McClelland, Shop Owner

When did you start your business?
Country Chicks started out 14 years ago, travelling around the markets selling hand made crafts.

What inspired you to start your business?
A love of French provincial and vintage wares.

What little thing in life gives you joy?
Family.

How do you recharge your batteries?
Drinking tea

TIELKA PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT COUNTRY CHICKS

  • Licorice Basket Herbal Infusion
  • Peppermint Leaf Herbal Infusion
  • Cacao and Chilli Chai Black Tea
  • Tielka Breakfast Black Tea
  • Persian Mint Chai Green Tea

 


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