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  1. Thanks Scotford for your answer. Marco seems to be the answer indeed. I do have to disagree however with your assumption regarding tea ("if your tea cannot stand boiling water then you have bad tea"). Tea should be brewed at specific temperatures (generally green tea is brewed at 70 for example, white at 80, and black around 90-95). At higher temperatures the tea leaf will release too many theaflavins giving you a bitter drink. My business is mostly focused around tea, so I need to make sure I'm brewing to perfection.
  2. If you are looking for a cheap alternative Sainsbury's does a decent Jasmine green tea - the loose version. As an avid tea drinker myself I would definitely recommend you to buy only loose tea. Also, make sure you don't use boiling water for it, green tea should be made with 65-75 degrees water. Depending where you are based I can recommend you some decent shops or websites.
  3. I destroyed last night a lovely loaf because my dough got stuck on the linen... but truth to be told I have a terrible cloth and no matter how good I prep these or not is always the same story. Any recommendations for some good linen for my bannetons?
  4. I have seen we discussed water boilers on various topics, but I think is best to have all that information in one place. If there was a previous topic about this (which would mean that my search skills are rubbish) my apologies. As I'm planning to serve a lot of teas in my future tearoom, I want to get a hot water boiler. Preferably one that has an under counter unit and a faucet on top. 0 I have various brands like Marco, Instanta, Lincat, Bravilor, Buffalo, Adexa, but I would like to know what you are using and what are your experiences with those (or other) brands. Did your boiler ever break down? Had any troubles with it? How fast is when you are in a rush (I don't want clients waiting for their tea because my boiler takes ages) and how reliable it is when you need a certain temperature (because I will need various temps like 75 or 80 degrees). Also, I'm located in a hard water area so any softner recommendations are also welcomed (especially about some decent cheap ones). Thank you!
  5. Logged in today after a month and I have seen this topic... I was wondering why it was a new one. Thanks for the support, I was set back in time as the landlord of the place I was about to rent decided to sell the place instead, but I'm trying to be optimistic.
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    Tea course

    Did anyone take a course with Tea Academy? I like the sound of it but I find it quite pricey (475+VAT) for the beginners one and you cannot go for the intermediate one that costs another 975+VAT without attending the first one. I'm really passionate about tea and would like to do a decent course but I want to make sure it's worth the money.
  7. Sorry for not mentioning, I though it was obvious from my 'Location' on top of the message. I'm in London and I'm looking into starting a basic training. So far, I was checking the SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) website for hints. Any other ideas or suggestions?
  8. Some of the techniques presented were completely new to me, Great post!
  9. Yes, it is. I can't afford a larger one for now anyway I was only double checking.
  10. I noticed you guys mentioned about the food handling certificate. I guess this will be a must for any coffee shop owners, so double checking: did you all took the certificate? I'm looking into taking the Level 3 course myself now and noticed that some websites charge from £20 (reed.co.uk) to £125 + VAT (the one mentioned above) and was wondering... are there any massive differences? All are online courses and claim to be accredited.
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    Do you guys know any place that sells cups and has a shop around London? I would love to be able to see the cups before buying them even if I will need to place an online order afterwards. I would like to make sure cups are thick enough but also comfortable enough to hold (some for example have really tiny handles).
  12. I'm not planning to do any cooking either - at least not on the first phase (my place will mostly be a tea house serving some prepackaged cakes/biscuits) and the responses I'm getting from council (and other sources) are mixed. As far as I know the 2 years exception works only for places that are up to 150m2, no?
  13. So your clients will have to install an app on their mobiles for your loyalty scheme? Thanks for the response, you gave me some valuable insights!
  14. do we have a topic with coffee/tea related events? I was looking into finding about latest festivals, expos, tastings etc. I know London Coffee festival was a few weeks ago, but I'm sure there's always something happening (esp in London).
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