Tielka wins eight the Golden Tea Awards 2018

 

Indulge in Life

Musings from the co-founder of Tielka.

Stockist Profile :: Temple Coffee, Gold Coast, QLD

Rebecca Domorev - Thursday, August 03, 2017

Tielka Fairtrade Organic Tea at Temple Coffee, Gold Coast

LOCATION
Gold Coast, Varsity Lakes, QLD

WEB ADDRESS
www.facebook.com/templecoffeegc

A MINUTE WITH
Juliana G

When did you start your business? 
Beginning of 2017

What inspired you to start your business? 
Everything at Temple Coffee is about being as local as possible. Even the coffee machine is an old fashion manual Fracino that brews the perfect coffee, I think the coffee machine is pretty special!

What's your favourite menu item?
I must say Coffee made with Green Lane plantation beans from Mt Tamborine, although it goes side by side with Tielka's Sticky Turmeric Chai.

What little thing in life gives you joy?
Consciously, every little thing becomes joyful. I really like how I can take Temple Coffee everywhere that a car wheel can drive into. The scenarios keep changing, and it's one more beautiful than the other. Also, the change from paper cups to Joco cups. I hope everyone jumps on board on this mission to save the planet!

How do you recharge your batteries?
The trailer batterie's or mine? :). Walks on the beach to calm the spirit, kundalini yoga weekly to keep me strong, surround myself with amazing humans always helps the energy to flow always in the right directions.

What's your favourite Tielka tea?
All of them....and then Sticky Turmeric chai, first!

TIELKA PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT TEMPLE COFFEE

  • Fairtrade Organic Tielka Breakfast Black Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Earl Royale Black Tea
  • Fairtrade Organic Sticky Chai
  • Fairtrade Organic Sticky Turmeric Chai 
  • 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 :: 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

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!

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.


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