We already know coffee houses are the usual destination for tete a tetes, business deals or just hanging out. The welcoming atmosphere, free Wifi and delicious beverages are a plus, although we oftentimes lament the calories consumed. Many of us make the coffee house part of our daily routine. This routine may add up to more dollars than we care to think about, but a treat adds nicely to our day.
Tea is touted for its’ health benefits, but coffee drinkers may not know how to start a tea habit. They may begin with the bottled teas from the local gas station which are tasty, but may contain large amounts of sugar or preservatives. At a standard restaurant, when tea is ordered, it may be a black tea bag or an herbal infusion. (Herbal “tea” is not tea) Thus, it may seem more desirable to keep drinking coffee or soda. Granted, coffee also has its’ health benefits, but most people do not care to consume such large quantities of caffeine throughout the day. Yes. there is decaf, but it never tastes as good!
The other day, I met with friends to discuss some ideas at Tea Source. Not only did we enjoy our wonderful green tea in a pleasant atmosphere, we became inspired. I won’t speak for the others, but I will share my personal experience. Upon entering, I was struck by the tantalizing aromas. It no longer seemed like Minnesota, but a more exotic locale with the lighting, set up and bulk teas. There are dozens of types and flavors to choose from, all served authentically in Chinese pots. There was a dispenser with a tea sample to try and one can also request a taste of other teas before buying.
It was refreshing to sit with friends after a long week of work and rejuvenate with a delicious beverage containing just enough caffeine to get my brain working again. The employees had a vast knowledge of all the different teas and it was pleasant to see them enjoying their job. A happy vibe was present. I noted with interest a poster explaining that Bill Waddington, owner of the three Tea Source locations, travels the world to hand select the teas sold in his stores! How many owners do that? I don’t know about you, but I only hear of “middlemen” in business. This is mind blowing to me and inspiring!
Now, back to the conversation with my friends. We were discussing the importance of following our passions in life and how to tie them in to a business or career we can thoroughly enjoy, authenticity and being true to ourselves. Obviously Bill Waddington followed his passions of tea and travel. turning it into an amazing business. The three of us that were enjoying our tea have combined passions of helping others, creativity, the arts and travel. If one man took his love for tea and travel, turning it into a money making venture, three people can do the same by following their dreams to fruition!
I invite you to visit the Tea Source website, where you can educate yourself on tea. Then, visit one of the shops to enjoy the atmosphere, tea and a freshly made pastry, or order online to create your own tea haven. Tea Source also offers a variety of classes, such as “Baking with Tea.” You are also invited to contact me about how you can incorporate more fun, freedom and fulfillment into your life, or to share what inspires you.