New Horizons in Specialty Tea
Spirit Tea Promotion and Giveaway, Events in Austin, NYC, Portland
Have you encountered the following scenario?
You meet up with a new friend at a coffee shop (naturally). Only to discover that this friend isn't a coffee drinker. Thankfully the local shop has a tea menu. But it turns out to be decidedly underwhelming. The friend lives to see another day.
I met Jordan Scherer, one of the co-founders of Spirit Tea, at a tea tasting event at Loveless Coffees a few months ago. And in short, his company is changing the paradigm of what tea-drinking customers can now expect to see at their local coffee shops.
He founded Spirit Tea with college friend Taylor Cowan eight years ago. When he realized that the tea menu was always limited at coffee shops he would visit in cities across the country.
To change this, Jordan and Taylor focused on offering a different product: Traditional Tea. With no additives like fruits, flowers, or flavoring. The dominant traits of commercial teas which are designed to reach as many people as possible via inexpensive and volume-based distribution.
Traditional tea, which offers cultivar-based (or plant-based) flavors, help people understand tea as something that's artistic and nuanced. Not unlike like the way specialty coffees help consumers see the drink as more than just a commodity.
Jordan explains: "We envisioned a menu that would change seasonally. Harvest periods as origins. Early spring green tea. High mountain oolongs from Taiwan. Each according to the season."
When the two friends started the company, they were initially met with resistance from coffee shop owners. So they cooked up a new program to prove that American audiences were ready to embrace traditional tea.
They invested heavily in training programs to help baristas take their customers through their tea menu. To offer practical everyday information. Like how to set expectations for brew time. Or explaining how tea is actually produced.
The goal was to get baristas to become knowledgeable. And plant the seeds for further learnings. While at the same time focusing on direct relationships with customers (coffee shops, hotels, etc.). As opposed to distributors with little to no incentive to absorb this type of information.
Jordan says: "The best thing is for people to have true enthusiasm and knowledge of tea. The worst is when people don’t have any interest in tea. And to see it as a commodity."
After successfully incubating authentic passion and enthusiasm for one of the oldest beverages in the world, Spirit Tea is now available in more than 800 coffee shops across the country.
As it happens, I met up with a not-so-newish friend at a Stumptown coffee shop here in NYC a few days ago. A friend who doesn't drink coffee. On the menu: Spirit Tea.
I asked him for his reaction after he'd tasted the beverage.
"The tea is very good."
Today, we're pleased to partner up with Spirit Tea to give away a set of tea drinking essentials to one lucky person subscribed to our newsletter. The springtime goods:
A White & Green Tea Sampler Set, featuring three exquisite samples to gently wake you up to a cascade of light floral notes 💐
A Standard Brewer, made only of pure glass and steel to optimize and accentuate your steeping experience ✨
A Spirit Tea Tote Bag that's spacious enough to hold these prized beauties 💎
To enter the drawing, enter your name and email in this Google Form by the end of Sunday, April 9. The winner will be notified on Monday, April 10.
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Celebrating Women in Coffee (tickets $5)
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Saturday, April 22 (4 - 6pm)
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