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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Concert series

Lars Nielsen

I have been having the time of my life every Thursday evening for the past couple weeks, and I think I will be in heaven for the next 6 weeks.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen garden in Chinatown (Vancouver BC), has been having a concert series every Thursday. They get different musicians to come and play a ticketed audience.
Knowing that I Love to serve, Sun Yat-Sen has asked me to serve tea during the intermission. This means I get to combine a couple of activities close to my heart. Listening to good music and drinking tea.
Last night was the best so far. The weather was warm, so they positioned me closer to the music, just on the stone path outside of the concert area. My tea table was directly in line of site of the two grand pianos and the 4 pianists, playing beautiful classical music.
Sitting and drinking tea while listening to Hall of the Mountain King.... Yes, it was heaven.

There are a few artists I am looking forward to. in a couple of weeks it appears there will be a hang drum artist. Hang drum always brings me into a little bit of a trance.

The website for the series, if you are interested:

May your cup always be full, and delicious.

Vancouver Tea Society

Lars Nielsen

It's an exciting time!

Vancouver tea society has welcomed me onto their board of members.
We're a non profit, dedicated to popularizing and educating about tea in Vancouver and the lower mainland. Once a year we have an event called the Vancouver Tea Festival.
The event is a way for businesses to connect with tea lovers, by sampling and sharing their products, and participating in educational sessions.
This year we're going to be at the Chinese Cultural Center in China Town Vancouver, we will also be using Dr. Sun Yat-sen garden to host tea services and a couple of education sessions.

This year should be our best year yet. We will be central, and in a favorite spot of mine.
Dr. Sun Yat-sen Garden is my favorite place to serve. And I serve there often. The ponds are beautiful, the scenery is meditative, and even though you're in the center of the bustle of Vancouver downtown, it's like you're in your own little heaven.

I'm pretty happy at this new phase in my career with tea.


Popularizing tea - Thoughts

Lars Nielsen


I have noticed something about the tea business community.

That is: All of us want to start immediately on third wave tea. Like it’s the only option.
The problem is, all of the people who get into tea get into it so passionately that they forget the rest of the world just isn’t on the same page.
They learn everything and treat it like there’s only fine tea and crap tea. That there is no in between.

As a result, there are no bridges between simple tea and fine, loose leaf tea.

The rest of the problem falls down to most of us just aren’t willing to sell mediocre loose leaf tea. It has to be the best, single origin. The finest tea.

As many liquor stores as there are in town, there might be 1% as many fine wine stores. But as many loose leaf, typical tea stores there are, there are just as many fine unflavoured, single origin tea houses.

This is the problem. There is no room for growth, and there is a very shark-in-the-water kind of attitude among tea people, since there’s so much direct competition, and so little customer base.

Me, I see no option. It has to be flavoured with unflavoured. We have to offer both the mediocre and the top-shelf teas. By intimidating our customer base and assuming they will immediately appreciate the best teas, we disenfranchise them. They go elsewhere, or stick to buying bulk from Teavana or David’s. Which are generally overpriced and low quality.

Create a welcoming atmosphere. Find out what they want. If they want a tea that’s $3 a cup, get them one. If they want a tea that’s $6 a cup, good. You can geek out together and create a company-customer bond. There should be no exclusion in the tea industry, but somehow because of our excitement, we have discluded the 90% customer base who just want to drink a nice cup of loose leaf tea. They don’t want to geek out about it.