Great for your health, coming in several blends, flavors and textures, tea offers you a wide range of benefits, which no other drink can provide you with. Regardless if you prefer the English tea or the Asian style, enjoying a cup of your favorite blend together with your friends is a great way to relax, socialize and de-stress.
However, while tea is extremely popular around the world, you need more than a strong love and passion for it if you’re planning on opening your own tearoom. It might seem a bit challenging at first, but fear not as we’ve got your back. In this guide, we’ll provide you with a few tips you should keep in mind when you plan to open your own tearoom. So, without further ado, let’s jump right into it.
- Tearoom type
Think about what style of tearoom you’d like to open. Is it going to be traditional, English-looking? Or would you rather go for an Asian theme? Is it going to be an interior-style tearoom, or would you rather set it up outside? If you can’t decide which one suits your style best, you can always opt for a mixture between them. Or, if you’d rather stick with only one type, do market research and check how others fare. Inspiration might strike from where you expect less, so keep an open mind.
Once you’ve established your theme, it’s time to set the location. It is highly important that you pick a place suitable for how you want the workflow to be. A busy, crowded street might provide you with more clients, therefore more workflow accordingly, than a smaller, side-placed street. Moreover, the more accessible it is, the more people will be able to try it out. So, think carefully about it before you jump right into the action.
Regardless of where you decide to set it up, you’ll have to pay close attention to the interior dynamics as well. Consider the space you have and how you’re going to separate it. Come up with a floor design for the optimum workflow, for both you and your clients, so the dynamics will be convenient for both parties.
- Costs and Certifications
Ensure that you have all the necessary papers up to date, approved and in compliance with your local regulations. You wouldn’t want to close your business before it even started, just because you’ve forgotten to have your sink configuration approved or the electrical standards checked.
Additionally, you’ll have to consider all the involved costs. What budget do you have? Keep in mind that you’ll have to cover all the operational costs, including rent, utilities, furnishing as well as advertising, your employees’ salaries, and other possible expenses. Therefore, plan your budget carefully, beforehand, so you’ll have the ability to cover unexpected costs. If you’re not too sure you can manage on your own, ask for professional help.
- The Right Equipment
Consider what types of supplies you’re going to need – teacups and spoons, infusers, kettles and teapots, water boilers, napkins, just to name a few. Furthermore, once you’ve decided what you’re going to buy, you’ll have to consider the aesthetics. Do they match your theme? What types of kettle do you have? Some clients might prefer stainless steel kettles, others might opt for a vintage copper tea kettle, while others might favor the electric style.
- Menu and Tea
Your menu and tea variety should be able to please a wide range of customers, including the conservative ones as well as those who have a sense of adventure and are open to trying something new. You can opt for the hassle-free, beginner-friendly tea bags, or, if your tea knowledge is vast, you can opt for the dry-leaf type.
While a tearoom is a place where you can savor and try different types of tea blends, you should consider what people are asking and looking for, and supply accordingly. It’s not profitable to acquire 60 types of different tea that maybe one or two people will try, while there are 2 or 3 types that everyone is asking for. Consider your clients and plan accordingly.
Even more, you should think about what type of menu you can offer your clients. Are you going to serve just tea, or will you add snacks too? If you’re going to add snacks, think about what type goes best with the different tea flavors and blends. Also, don’t forget to add diversity to your snacks, as not all people will prefer the same type of food. But don’t let the difficulty level slip your mind – depending on how difficult it will be to prepare a certain type of snack, the daily workload might rise.
Depending on the workflow, as well as what types of snacks and food you’re planning to serve, you’ll have to find the right staff personnel. Keep in mind that the staff will represent your business, so consider hiring polite, friendly and efficient people. Additionally, depending on what the food difficulty is, you’ll have to consider hiring a chef. By doing so, not only will the snacks be freshly made, but you’ll also save money in the long run.
Once you have everything set and ready to open, make sure people know about you. Advertise your business accordingly, and spread the word about your services.
- Always up to date
Last but definitely not least, you should always keep up to date. Keep a constant eye on how your business is doing and improve constantly. Ask for your client’s opinion and listen to their preferences. Speak with your staff and keep an open mind. By doing so, you’ll be able to catch any possible problem before it transforms into something bigger.
All in all, opening your tearoom will require dedication, passion, but also knowledge about the business world. It might take some time until you have all the preparations ready, but once you’ve found your course and style, it won’t be as hard as it was at the beginning. So, have patience, keep a clear and open mind and don’t let yourself get discouraged.