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About this project

We're Cid and Ellen, and we're opening The Novel Tea in Sacramento, California. Our goal is to create a space that not only sells books and tea, but which builds community, by encouraging people to slow down and spend time savoring simple luxuries, like a cup of tea and a good book.

The Best Things in Life

We've been friends for longer than we're planning to admit, and in that time our love of tea--which started with having afternoon tea with friends and family at tea rooms--has evolved into a love for the beverage itself. Tea is complex and delicious when prepared right. Just like books, there's something for everyone, you just have to find the right genre. We want to help people find their "genre" of tea and show them how to best steep loose leaf tea. The Novel Tea will be a space where everyone can come to explore, relax and learn.

The Novel Tea 

The Novel Tea will have three focuses: a tearoom; premium loose leaf and custom blended tea; and a bookstore with reading areas. 

We've already begun working with a real estate agent to identify and design the perfect space. We face unique space challenges because we're more than a coffee shop but not quite a full restaurant, so any space we choose will need remodeling and equipment. The tea room will seat up to 40 people. Bookshelves will line the walls and also be used to help divide the space to create the intimate atmosphere that is so important for tea and relaxing with a good book. Reading areas will be scattered between the bookshelves.

One very special aspect of the Novel Tea shop is that we will have the Tea Bar, a dedicated space for tasting and custom blending tea with our certified tea sommelier. Our custom Tea Bar will provide formal tea tastings as well as stock a wide assortment of specialty teas for personalized tea orders.

Rewards 

 

A delicious blended tea, crafted by our certified tea sommelier, is available only to kickstarter backers
A delicious blended tea, crafted by our certified tea sommelier, is available only to kickstarter backers

Your choice of black or green tea.

"Get Started Black" is a lovely combination of a buttery Assam and a bracing Yunnan 2nd grade. Combining these two teas produces a lovely drink that's perfect for morning or an afternoon cup when you need a lift.

"Keep Going Green" is a single origin green tea that has a delicious aroma with a mellow floral flavor and a slightly sweet aftertaste. Perfect at any time. 

Get a tote and three samples of tea!
Get a tote and three samples of tea!

 

A Collection includes a custom designed Novel Tea tote bag and a 4oz bag of the exclusive Kickstarter Blend tea.
A Collection includes a custom designed Novel Tea tote bag and a 4oz bag of the exclusive Kickstarter Blend tea.

 

An Anthology includes a fabulous glass tumbler with a build in tea infuser, plus the tote and bag of tea
An Anthology includes a fabulous glass tumbler with a build in tea infuser, plus the tote and bag of tea

 

Sample all different types of teas, try different steeping methods, and get all your tea questions answered.
Sample all different types of teas, try different steeping methods, and get all your tea questions answered.

 

 

May 13th and 14th, 2017
May 13th and 14th, 2017

 

Sponsor one of our Bill Books and we'll literally place that book in the hands of our patrons when we pass them the check.
Sponsor one of our Bill Books and we'll literally place that book in the hands of our patrons when we pass them the check.

  

Sponsor a whole bookcase, a bookshelf, or create a recommendation card.
Sponsor a whole bookcase, a bookshelf, or create a recommendation card.

 

 

You give us the name of the book and we'll play matchmaker.
You give us the name of the book and we'll play matchmaker.

 

There is really nothing better than your own private tea party.
There is really nothing better than your own private tea party.

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Risks and challenges

The main risk we face is identifying and remodeling a space. We do not need a full kitchen, so cannot use a former restaurant, but we do need some kitchen space and equipment, which means we will need to remodel the space to install a dishwasher, prep areas, and appropriate food storage, as well as create the tea bar. We've looked at everything from "bare bones" spaces that have nothing in them to former coffee shops. We have initial estimates as to what it would cost to remodel either kind of space, but as with any remodeling project there is the potential for unforeseen issues or costs.

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    A Teaser: Steeping Guide and a Thank You

    A lovely, and useful, guide to steeping tea, in the form of a bookmark, along with our heartfelt thanks for your support.

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    A Novella: Exclusive Tea Blend

    This delicious blended tea, crafted by our certified tea sommelier, is available only to Kickstarter backers. It's a green/black blended tea, with a mild taste, and a lovely amber color. You'll get a four ounce bag of this delicious tea, plus the Steeping Guide.

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    Good Day Sacramento Sampler and Tote

    This is a very special reward, available for a limited time, in conjunction with our appearance on Good Day Sacramento! For $30 get three tea samples--"Get Going Green," "Get Started Black," and "Harvest Tea," as well as an exclusive tea tote!

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    A Collection: Tea and Tote

    Tote your books in this "I love tea and books" tote. This keeps you hands free for holding the cup of tea you made from the Kickstarter blend. That's right, you get a tote, 4 oz of tea, and the steeping guide.

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    An Anthology: Tea, Tote and Tumbler

    Creating the perfect cup of tea on the go can be challenging, but we've got you covered. After extensive testing of "to go" tea paraphernalia, we discovered, and love, this tea tumbler. Made of double walled glass with a bamboo lid, and a built-in infuser basket, this tumbler is a must have.

    The Anthology comes with the tumbler, 4oz of tea, the tote, and the steeping guide.

    Psst...if you really want all these fun things, but also want to to pledge at one of the higher levels, just add $65 to your pledge.

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    Indie Author Special: Swag Table

    Indie Author Special: Swag Table! Send us your swag (bookmarks, postcards, pens, goody bags...) and we’ll display it on either a swag table or our counter for one month, or until it runs out. Send us up to 400 items, and we’ll even mail any leftovers back to you!

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    Tea Tasting for Two

    Love tea, but not sure about the difference between Oolong and Black? Wondering if you're a first-flush white kind of person or prefer a hearty breakfast black?

    Join us for one of our monthly tea tasting events. You and a friend will have the opportunity to sample all different types of teas, try different steeping methods, and get all your tea questions answered.

    Tastings will happen monthly starting in June 2017, in Sacramento, CA.

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    Specialty Tea for Two

    Throughout the year we will have a selection of specialty tea menus and events. Tickets are available exclusively through this Kickstarter campaign! These themed tea events will feature even more delectable food options than our regular menu and a small tin of a tea custom blended for that theme. Take time for tea with the people you love. Sip, savor and enjoy the company.

    After the event has funded we will ask you which high tea you're interested in, and will work with you to find the perfect day and time.

    The Novel Tea Specialty High Teas

    - A Midsummer's High Tea (July - August, 2017)
    - Holiday High Tea (November - December, 2017)
    - Global Tea Tastes: tea traditions from around the world (February - March, 2018)
    - Children's' Tea: a tea designed specifically for smaller tea enthusiasts (Monthly)

    *Specialty Tea Events will take place in Sacramento, California*

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    Specialty Tea for Four

    Throughout the year we will have a selection of specialty tea menus and events. Tickets are available exclusively through this Kickstarter campaign! These themed tea events will feature even more delectable food options than our regular menu and a small tin of a tea custom blended for that theme. Take time for tea with the people you love. Sip, savor and enjoy the company.

    After the event has funded we will ask you which high tea you're interested in, and will work with you to find the perfect day and time.

    The Novel Tea Specialty High Teas

    - A Midsummer's High Tea (July - August, 2017)
    - Holiday High Tea (November - December, 2017)
    - Global Tea Tastes: tea traditions from around the world (February - March, 2018)
    - Children's' Tea: a tea designed specifically for smaller tea enthusiasts (Monthly)

    *Specialty Tea events will take place in Sacramento, California*

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    Mother's Day Tea

    Join us May 13th and 14th for our very special Mother's Day Tea! Let us help you show the ladies in your life how much you appreciate them.

    Each person will be treated to a delicious three tier high tea, their own pot of tea, a gift of locally sourced organic flowers, and a small tin of our custom blended Mother's Day tea.

    We're offering three seatings on both Saturday May 13th and Sunday May 14th. Seatings are at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

    If you're like to bring more than four people, simply add $50 to your pledge amount for each additional person.
    Mother's Day Tea for Five: $250
    Mother's Day Tea for Six: $300
    Mother's Day Tea for Seven: $350
    Mother's Day Tea for Eight: $400

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    • Tin of Specialty Blended Tea
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    A Novel Shelf

    Sponsor one of our bookshelves! Each sponsored shelf with have either a plaque or a small fame bearing the name of the lovely person or business who sponsored it.

    (Names are subject to approval, we're watching you, pranksters!)

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    Bill in a Book

    No one likes getting the bill, but we plan to make it a bit more fun by delivering the bill tucked neatly into the pages of a book!

    Sponsor one of our Bill Books and we'll literally place that book in the hands of our patrons when we present them the check. Bill Books must be fiction hardback size or smaller (large coffee table books will be a bit too big).

    Books will be clearly marked as property of the Novel Tea, and will remain in circulation for six months.

    Books are subject to approval, and we reserve the right to choose which book we use based on the client we're about to hand it to.

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    A Novel Named Tea

    Sponsor one of our monthly signature teas! Each month we will feature a delicious, seasonally appropriate (July's tea is good for icing) custom blended tea. Sponsor that month's tea, and we'll let you name it! It can be as simple as your name or your business's name--"Jane's July Tea." If you've been waiting to be witty, come up with something clever--"Coffee, Coffee Everywhere, and Not A Drop of Tea."

    (Names are subject to approval. Really clever names are subject to us sending you many virtual accolades.)

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    Tea Party

    There are not enough tea parties any more. Let's fix that! Bring up to 10 people for a tea party, occasion and date of your choosing. Each person will be treated to three tiers of delicious tea food, their own pot of tea, and at the end of the party they get to select a bag of tea to take home as a party favor, carried in their very own Novel Tea tote.

    If you want, we'll event custom blend a tea just for your tea party, and everyone can take home 4oz of your custom blend.

    Bridal shower, baby shower, just-because-its-Tuesday--the party options are endless!

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    • High Tea for 10
    • 10× High Tea - Three Tiers of Tasty Food, and a Pot of Tea
    • 10× Party Favors: 4oz of tea (can be custom blend), gift wrapped
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    A Novel Bookcase

    When a shelf just isn't enough, sponsor a whole bookcase! We'll post your name (or business name) prominently on the top of the bookcase and on the shelves. It's a great way to tell the world how much you love books, and what amazing taste you have that you think books are even better when paired with tea.

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    A Novel Pairing

    Do you know of a book that pairs perfectly with a nice cup of tea? Then sponsor a Novel Tea pairing. You give us the name of the book, and a suggestion for what kind of tea it pairs well with (light green, hearty breakfast, subtle Oolong) and we'll play matchmaker, pairing the book (which we'll read) with one of our Novel Teas. We'll carry the book in the store and feature the book and tea on our pairings table (display table) for four weeks. You can help us pick the dates.

    Authors, if you'd like to have us start featuring your book and tea pairing on the day the book releases all we'll need is a copy to read in advance, to make sure the pairing is perfect.

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    Private Tea Party

    There is really nothing better than your own private tea party. You get full run of the shop for 5 hours, occasion and date of your choosing (subject to availability). This party for up to 30 people can be a formal high tea, a mix and mingle party with a buffet, or anything in between.

    Your party will include a private tasting event so your guests have the opportunity to sample and taste our teas, At the end of the party they get to select a bag of tea to take home, a tea tumbler and their very own Novel Tea tote.

    If you want, we'll even custom blend a tea just for your tea party, and everyone can take home 4oz of your custom blend.

    Bridal shower, baby shower, employee appreciation event, just-because-its-Tuesday--the party options are endless!

    Includes:
    • Exclusive use of the Novel Tea Shop
    • 30× High Tea - Three Tiers of Tasty Food, and a Pot of Tea
    • 30× Tea Tasting with Certified Tea Sommolier
    • 30× Tea Tumbler with Built in Infuser and Bamboo Top
    • 30× Party Favors: 4oz of tea (can be custom blend), gift wrapped
    • 30× Tote Bag
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