Matba Blog

2017 Summer Seminar

posted May 9, 2017, 12:47 PM by L Brommer   [ updated Jul 11, 2017, 11:49 AM ]

New York City Tea Time Adventure-MATBA does Tea in The City!
July 17, 2017
Darlene Perry and Jo Johnson have put together a tremendous walking tour and afternoon tea itinerary for the summer meeting.   

It's count down time........MATBA takes on the Big Apple on Monday, July 17th! If you haven't registered for this informative tea tour yet, you have a few hours left. Come be inspired and take back some fresh new ideas for your tea business. There is sure to beauty around every corner.......


10:00 am - We will gather at Radiance Tea Room, Radiance Midtown West, 158 West 55th Street, NY 10019 (between 6th and 7th). This is a traditional Taiwanese tea shop with a wonderful selection of tea, food, tea books and tea-ware.
11:00 am - From there we will venture over to T2 at Rockefeller Center, 620 Fifth Avenue (entrance on 50th Street). A chic and modern tea shop with plenty of eye candy.
These two stops will provide opportunities to indulge, shop and most importantly take in the different marketing options, gift selections and display features of two drastically different tearooms & shops!
12:00 - 2:00 pm We will trot on over to Baccarat Tea Room at 28 West 53rd Street, NY 10019. Here we will enjoy an exquisite tea room in a crystal palace. This is a top of the line New York tea experience. A special Tea Service provided just for MATBA. Please note: this is a special tea service being offered to MATBA on 7/17/17. The tea sommelier will share a little history about Baccarat with the group and guide us through the tea service. Due to the size of our group, this will probably be served buffet style. (Maximum - 25)

2:00pm - We will bid farewell for the day, but we know some will want to go back and spend more time at either or both of the earlier stops or just take some time to explore on your own.


Total Cost: $105.00/person

Please contact Kathleen Hippelli to request an invoice for payment. Prompt payment will confirm your seat. Reserve early as availability is limited due to space constraints at Baccarat. Dietary concerns must be noted in advance.

Note: Fee covers cost of Afternoon tea, tax, and gratuity at Baccarat. 
Any additional food/tea purchases and 
travel to and from the City are at your own expense.

Enjoying Afternoon Tea

posted Apr 30, 2017, 3:19 PM by L Brommer   [ updated Apr 30, 2017, 3:20 PM ]

One of the perks of attending a Mid-Atlantic Tea Business Association meeting, is that typically the event is held at a member's tea room. It provides the perfect opportunity for tea room owners to enjoy the labors of a fellow tea room entrepreneur. After the program and tea tasting, members were invited to visit the gift shop while the tea room was magically transformed into service for Afternoon Tea.

Requests for tea choices were made from an extensive list of loose leaf tea ranging from a variety of white teas, greens, scented greens, oolong, black, scented black, puerh, herbals and decaffeinated teas. Quite an impressive tea selection!

Afternoon Tea began with a generous portion of the Tea by Two House Salad with mixed spring greens topped with craisins, sugared almonds, and their tasty house vinaigrette. 
The three tiered tray was paraded into the room and placed in the center of each table. Time stood still as everyone snapped photos of the fabulous display of dainty tea time treats. The bottom tier held a Toffee Scone with lemon curd and sweet cream.

The middle tier highlighted the Tea Sandwiches which included a very fresh Cucumber Sandwich, savory Garden Vegetable topped with a tomato half, Carrot & Cheddar on Multi-grain bread and Curry Chicken Salad on a buttery croissant. Everyone remarked how tasty and fresh the sandwiches were.

Food Safety Modernization Act + Tea Tasting

posted Apr 27, 2017, 4:34 PM by L Brommer   [ updated Apr 27, 2017, 4:36 PM ]

Members of the regional tea business association MATBA gathered at Tea by Two in Bel Air, MD, a tea room owned by long time friends Janet Bradley and Erin Meyers and original members of the association. The April seminar typically features a special guest speaker, and for this meeting we welcomed Anupa Mueller of Eco-Prima Tea and Silver Tips Tea based in West Chester County, New York.

The first session of the meeting was a discussion about the Food Safety Modernization Act and how it affects the tea business, including the small tea entrepreneur. Anupa walked us through this important topic imparting valuable knowledge with an equal dose of levity, sharing the process as it pertains to her business and ours with the main focus on prevention rather than reaction. Following that program, Anupa conducted a tea tasting featuring Darjeeling teas from the Makaibari Estate in India.

We were able to taste a Makaibari First Flush which offers a lovely, cool taste with a little sharpness in the back of the throat. Following that, we sampled a Second Flush which produces a liquor that is thicker, sweeter, with more of a floral component. Typically, this is the American consumer's choice. And finally, we sampled a Risheehat 2017 forced plucking. This tea has a sweet nectar with no noticeable sharpness.

Special thank you to Deb and Mike Raab of Tea-for-All for organizing and coordinating this informative and interactive seminar. The Association continues to grow under their faithful guidance and behind the scenes efforts. Swag Bags were filled by fellow members and included an amazing assortment of tea samples from green through black, flavored or not, and even a Matcha flavored Kit Kat Bar!

April 24 Seminar

posted Apr 27, 2017, 6:35 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Apr 27, 2017, 6:43 AM ]

Members of the Mid-Atlantic Tea Business Association gathered at Tea by Two in Bel Air, MD for the annual April Seminar on Monday. April 24.  Members from NJPAMD, and WV began arriving early morning. The event always begins with a welcoming reception, and the spread before us was a feast for our eyes.

The buffet table held blueberry bread, crustless spinach cheese quiche, miniature chocolate chip scones, and a grape salad with sour cream and brown sugar topping. The perfect way to start the morning! Iced tea and water were available, as was a wide variety of hot pots of tea, from a hearty Assam to a pleasant Ginger Peach, the options were many. The difficult decision was selecting the beautiful English china tea cup!

Tea Bloggers Roundtable

posted Apr 23, 2017, 11:22 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 7:56 AM ]

Pennsylvania MATBA member Marcella Farina will be participating in the 5Th Annual TeaBloggers Roundtable at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas on June 14th. Marcella will be a featured panelist for her blog The Tea & Hat Lady 

Grand Opening

posted Apr 23, 2017, 11:19 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 7:57 AM ]

New Jersey  MATBA member Kathleen Edinger announces Grand Opening of TeaScapes set for April 29th. Best of Luck!

MATBA Members Working Together

posted Apr 19, 2017, 4:51 PM by L Brommer   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 12:30 PM ]

MATBA members working together, joining forces!  
Susanna Reppert of The Rosemary House in Pennsylvania  presented a program on Growing Herbs for your patio at Tea by Two in Maryland. Herbs and Tea, it's a winning combination!

Help Fill the Swag Bags

posted Apr 12, 2017, 8:06 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Apr 12, 2017, 8:07 AM ]

MATBA is requesting contributions from our members to be included in the April Seminar Swag Bags!

If you wish to contribute something to the Swag Bag, and are not attending the meeting, please send 30 items to: 

 Deb Raab. Tea for All
932 Berkeley Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08618

or directly to the seminar location:

 Tea by Two
  814 S. Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014.  

If you are attending the meeting, you are encouraged to bring 30 items to place in the bags. Make sure you have your promotional business information attached!

Please Join us for the Annual Meeting on April 24, 2017

posted Mar 30, 2017, 1:10 PM by L Brommer   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 1:13 PM ]

814 S Main St.
Bel Air, Maryland 21014
Fee: $50 - Members  $65 - Non Members/Guests

 Please advise Kathleen Hippelli, our MATBA treasurer how many will attend, and whether they are members or guests. 
She will then send you an invoice for payment. 
Follow this link to REGISTER .

8:30  am - Morning Hospitality, Meet and Greet, Networking
                Tabletop Presentations (International Tea Travel Displays)

 10:00 am - Keynote Address: Anupa Mueller - Food Safety Modernization Act

11:00 am - Choosing Premium Tea vs. Controlling Costs
                  Tasting - Makaibari Tea Estate
                  Focus: Taste the Terroir notes/through flushes/tea types

 11:45 am - Break

12:00 pm - High Tea

1:30 pm - Member updates and Business Meeting
The FSMA: The Real Risk from Tea and is it different than other herbs/why?
The Administrative responsibilities of having a tea business....Required Record keeping, Compliance Dates
In the tea business since 1995, Anupa owns the Eco-Prima Tea Company and The Silver Tips Tea Room, both operating out of Westchester County, NY. Eco-Prima Tea Company is a high volume tea import company with a specialty in Darjeeling teas, holding the exclusive first right of refusal on the Makaibari Tea Estate. Eco-Prima is also well known for their large selection of certified organic and fair trade teas.
As such, Anupa has delved right into the FSMA regulations that will come to affect all of us in the business during 2018, which is the small business deadline for compliance. What do we need to know? What do we need to do? We are honored and privileged to have Anupa, not only as a member of MATBA, but to have her present on this topic over which many of us have expressed angst and confusion

MATBA Members in the News

posted Feb 24, 2017, 7:54 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Mar 2, 2017, 6:54 AM ]

Members in the News!

Newest MATBA member Nischal Banskota of Nepal Teas has a Kickstarter campaign for supporting Nepal teas and the farmers. Members helping members, supporting each other, and the tea industry around the world consider a contribution to this campaign where your donation may help improve the lives of farmers and send their kids to school. and receive some organic Nepal tea in return.

Have you been following the development of member Kathleen Edinger of  Tea Scapes? They are opening a Tea Bar in Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

New Jersey member Kathleen Hippeli shared that her tea room One Steep at a Time in Jamesburg, NJ was recently included in New Jersey Meetings and Events as one of the top 5 tea houses “to relax, reconnect or rejuvenate with your team, group or staff members”.

NJ Member Drew Hanson of Boukakuan Tea House was featured in an article about the Japanese Tea Ceremony as an unconventional alternative therapy for stress relief in NJ Monthly. Check it out!

Mike and Debbie Raab will be offering the Specialty Tea Institute Foundations of Tea Level 1 and Level 2 at Sweet Remembrances in Mechanicsburg, PA on Monday June 26th and Tuesday June 27th. Consider this course as a great way to expand and enhance your tea knowledge. Registration is directly via STI, but direct any questions to Debbie Raab.

MATBA is a Sponsor of the Pennsylvania Tea Festival to be held Friday, September 29 and Friday, September 30 in the gardens of The Rosemary House. There will be a small booth available for MATBA to include informational brochures regarding your business. We are also looking for volunteers to work the booth and with the festival. There will also be an opportunity to include a tuck-in for the goodie bags (approx. 500) to be distributed to the attendees. More details as the event gets closer, but please consider providing a small sample for the bag, or information for the booth. Please refer your questions to Susanna.

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