Check out This Kickstarter Campaign!

BeautifulTaiwanAs some of my regular readers are aware, I have been promoting my own Kickstarter campaign over the last few weeks before time ran out.  I didn’t reach my goal, but I haven’t given up.  I’ll be back within a couple of weeks with a new Kickstarter campaign.

In the meantime, please check out this campaign by the Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company!  I have reviewed several of this company’s teas, and I know them to offer superior quality Oolong, Black and Green teas.  Here are links to some of their teas that I’ve reviewed in the past:

These teas were amazing, and I have no doubt that the tea that I receive as an incentive for my pledge for their campaign will be equally as wonderful if not more so.

I’m really hoping that they’ll succeed with their goal because:  a) I’ll get some great tea; and b) I really like this company.  I like that they’re dedicated to sourcing amazing teas and what has also impressed me about this company is that they’re really great people.  They are dedicated not only to great tea but also to providing excellent customer service.  They’re a win-win company!

Please consider pledging to Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company!  They only have nine days left to go on their campaign and they still need about $2500 to reach their goal!

The Time is NOW!

kickstartermemesmallFor those of you who are waiting for the right time to check out my Kickstarter Campaign and contribute, that time is NOW!  We are nearing the end of the campaign, and we still have a LONG way to go to reach our goal!

So, I thought I’d take a moment to answer some questions that you might have.

If you have other questions, please feel free to ask them in the comment section!

Why have we launched the Kickstarter campaign?  What’s it all about?

A couple of months ago, I was approached by Frank from 52Teas (aka the Chief Zoomdweebie!) and he asked me if I was interested in taking over the 52Teas line.  He wanted to focus his efforts on his iced tea business.  You can check out his Indiegogo campaign to support his iced tea endeavor here!  And please do!

Anyway, he wanted to focus his efforts on his passion, which is iced tea.  My passion is hot tea.  So, I was very interested, but also a little hesitant, until I talked to my daughter, Amethyst, who told me that she wanted to do this thing with me!

So, we have the passion for tea.  We have Amethyst, who is very detail oriented and all about making sure things are done right, right on time!  She’s going to be the one keeping the numbers crunched and the orders fulfilled and the inventory in stock so that I can do what I do best:  tea.

But what we don’t have is equipment or inventory.  That’s where the Kickstarter campaign comes in.  If we’re successfully funded, we’ll have the funds we need to buy the equipment and the inventory we need to be able to get this business off to a running start.

But we can’t do it without you and your support!

Why do you need so much money?  

Because, as I said, we need the equipment and inventory to get started.  We need tea, we need the ingredients to create the unique flavors of teas that 52Teas is known for.

We need the equipment to make the business go.  We need the pouch sealer, we need the pouch filler.  Oh, we’ll need the pouches too.  We need the shipping label printer and labels for it too.  We have the passion and the ability to make the business go, but without the inventory and the equipment, we won’t get very far.

What do I get in return?

TEA!  And seriously, is there any better incentive than that?  You get tea.  How much tea and what kind of tea is totally up to you.  Check out the incentives list on the sidebar of the campaign for more details of what kinds of teas are available.

What happens if the campaign isn’t successfully funded?

Well, according to Frank, if we’re not able to take over the business as of March 31st, 2015, 52Teas will be no more.  So, if the campaign isn’t successfully funded – if we don’t get the money we need to take over the business, it will wither and die.  It will cease to be.

We can’t take over the business without the startup capital that we need to get the equipment and inventory.

I know it seems like a lot of money.  But it’s for a good cause – it’s to support a small business and to support a mother and daughter team to help them realize their dream.  And it’s about TEA.

Please support our campaign:

Also, please support Frank’s Indiegogo campaign to help him build his iced tea business:

Every little bit helps!  Please take a moment to help spread the word.  Tweet about this blog post, tell your friends and neighbors, post it on your facebook.  But most of all, take a moment to contribute because without the contributions, we simply won’t reach our goal!

Thank you!

Together, We Can Save 52Teas!

52teas3OK, if you’re a regular visitor to this blog, then you probably are already aware of the fact that I have a Kickstarter Campaign going.  I’m trying to raise funds to be able to buy 52Teas from Frank Horbelt (the chief Zoomdweebie!) and also purchase the equipment, inventory and supplies that I’ll need to get the business ‘kickstarted’ under new management.

My daughter, Amethyst, will be the one running the business.  She’s a very smart and business savvy person.  She’s detail oriented and she’ll be just the right balance for me.  I’m the artist.  I’ll be creating the tea blends.  And if you’re interested in some of the ideas that I have for future tea blends, check out this update where I listed April’s teas – should we happen to get this Kickstarter campaign funded!

But those amazing teas can’t happen unless this Kickstarter Campaign gets funded!  Every little bit helps!  If you only have $5 or $10 to contribute, that’s alright, that will help me get that much closer to my goal – and remember, I’m not asking you to just give me your money here.  You choose an incentive – you’re actually buying tea in advance from me:

  • $5 will buy you your choice of one of the April Teas or one of the top five reblends (as voted on by Steepster) -or- one of the reblends that wins the ‘vote’ throughout the course of the campaign in the “taster” (1/2 ounce) size.
  • A $10 contribution will buy you your choice of the top five reblends -or- one of the reblends that are voted on throughout the course of the Kickstarter campaign.

There are many different incentives to choose from.  Some allow you to choose a reblend!  Some allow you to create your own tea of the week -or- you can become an ambassador to 52Teas and create your very own VIT (Very Important Tea) which will be named after you (or perhaps after a special occasion – what a great gift for that tea lover on your shopping list!)

Please help us save 52Teas!  Please help me get back into the art of blending teas and help my daughter and I become business partners in the process!  Please help make our dream come true!

The Great 52Teas Take Over!

52teas3Please visit out Kickstarter Campaign here and help us take over 52Teas!

So it’s been no big secret that I am a big fan of 52Teas!  If you’ve read many of my reviews, you know that they’re part of my tea collection – a big part of it!

Recently, I was approached by Frank of 52Teas (he’s the Chief Zoomdweebie of 52Teas and Southern Boy Teas) and he told me that he wants to narrow his focus to the iced tea business, that his passion is iced teas.  So, he has been trying to get things going for his iced teas so that he can take Southern Boy Teas to bigger and better things.

Please consider helping Frank raise funds to accomplish this by contributing to his Indiegogo Campaign.

But there’s still 52Teas.  So, he asked me if I wanted to take over the 52Teas brand.


What an opportunity!

Actually, what Frank said was:

Unless we take over the 52Teas brand that after March 2015, the five plus year mission to create a new tea every week will end.

I don’t want to see 52Teas come to an end.  I’ve really enjoyed many of those teas.  And there were some that yeah, I thought I could improve on – well, this opportunity gives me the ability to do that too!

My passion for tea is pretty obvious at this point, at least to those of you who have read my ramblings for any amount of time.  I love tea.  So, this is an outrageously amazing opportunity for me.

I was a little worried though, because I did try the tea thing once before as LiberTEAS.  That’s how I got my moniker, I used to blend and flavor my own line of teas and sell them online.  I closed that business because while I loved creating the teas, I didn’t love the business end of things.  I didn’t love paperwork and making sure that my inventory was accounted for and filing taxes and stuff like that.  Hated it!

So, I thought long and hard about this decision.  Then I thought about it some more.  Then I turned to my oldest daughter for advice.  I went into the discussion hoping that she’d either tell me:  Yes!  You should do this … or NO!  You shouldn’t even think about it.

What I didn’t anticipate is that she’d ask me:  “Can I do this with you?”

And so, our partnership was born.  Amethyst is a very focused, organized type of person that is just the kind of person I need to do the stuff that I wasn’t fond of doing before:  She enjoys paperwork and all that other stuff.  With her heading up the business side of things, that frees me up to stay creative and keep working on amazing tea blends.  Because that’s what I do best.

My Sweet Caramel o’Mine Tea – yes, I will be bringing this one back under 52Teas – but only if we reach our goal!

When I started out in the tea business more than ten years ago, I can honestly say that I was very naive and I didn’t really know what I was doing.  All I knew is that I wanted to create the best chocolate tea that I could.  And I did that.  And I also created some other amazing teas too.  But I didn’t really have the contacts I needed to push those teas to the next level.

But in the last six years, I’ve been reviewing teas and that has put me in touch with some pretty remarkable resources.  I am less naive and I feel like I’m going to be able to take 52Teas to new heights.

I want to be creating teas again!  I want to be the person who is creating those unique and yummy flavor combinations like Raspberry Almond Cookie and Coconut Lime Cupcake.

The only obstacle is that we need money to get our project off the ground and that’s where you come in.  I recently launched a Kickstarter Campaign and I’m hoping that I can count on your support to make my dream a reality.

I have the passion for tea.  My daughter has the business sense and the drive to propel the business.  We just need the ‘Kick Start’ to make it all happen.

Please help us make this happen!  We can’t do it without you.

You can visit our Kickstarter Campaign here.  Please help in any way you can – even five dollars will help us get that much closer to our goal!