Friday, May 9, 2014

Fairy Tale Kickstarter: Loose Leaf Tea: Sip & Slip Into the Leaves of a Story by Rebecca King

An interesting Kickstarter project--Loose Leaf Tea: Sip & Slip Into the Leaves of a Story by Rebecca King--is nearly funded with two weeks to go.  The project is well-researched and if you are a fan of fairy tales and tea, this may interest you.

About the project:

Join the adventure of crafting great-tasting teas inspired by classic fairy tales.

This is the first step on a journey to creating a fairytale-themed tea room.

As you might have guessed from the project name, I love tea. I don't just like it - I love tea so much that for my birthday, my sister and brother-in-law gave me the largest tea pot I have ever seen. It holds at least 15 cups at a time. And I live alone, so that tells you how much tea my family thinks I drink.

I started my obsession with tea in high-school after visiting Zimbabwe. I traveled to the country with a team, and one of the girls on the team advised me to be sure to pick up a box of tea from the grocery store. It's a cultural staple and therefore a perfect souvenir. After getting home, I shared the box with my family and discovered my love for tea.

From there, it was just a matter of time before I transitioned from tea bags to loose leaf tea. When I discovered loose leaf (and the myriad of blends you can try), it felt like I had discovered a whole new world. I began ordering tea online so I could try new blends. I started comparing the quality of one company to another company to see how their blends varied (even within tea of the same name!). Now, half of my pantry is filled with over 50 different tea varieties.

But I didn't stop there. I started mixing different tea blends together, then began to create my own blends from the incredible variety of ingredient options. Now, I want to share my blends with the world. And since my favorite thing to do is read a book with a cup of tea in hand, I decided to use my knowledge of tea to create blends inspired by different fairy tales.

Once Upon a Time...

I want to create a special, unique environment where you can do more than just take a breath in the middle of the day. I want to create a place that is a source of inspiration - someplace where you can both relax and re-energize.

Ultimately, I want to create a tea room that reflects these values, and features delicious tea alongside beautiful stories and artwork. The first step is to launch a line of fantastic tea blends inspired by classic fairy tales, which I will be able to accomplish with your assistance!

The Quest

In order to launch my own line, I need to be able to purchase supplies in bulk from international growers. So I'm starting this campaign to raise the necessary funds, beginning with six unique teas that accompany three classic fairy tales. If this campaign is successful, I am planning on adding a new fairy tale each month to my tea line. (Stay turned for hints on the next fairy tale!)

A Happily-Ever-After

To thank you for backing my project, each level comes with great rewards. Whether you're a dedicated tea fanatic or someone new to tea, there's something for everyone. Read more about each tea blend and reward below! Also be sure to check out what my family thinks about each blend - I couldn't have gotten this far without their help and their taste testing of numerous tea blends.

La Belle et Le Bete

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