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cool down this summer with teapigs!

Posted 3rd July 2015 by sarah

cool down this summer with teapigs!

It’s getting hot in here – so rather than take off all your clothes, why not make some amazing summer drinks to cool down! (..and THEN you can take off  all your clothes if you so wish)

We’ve got some cracking recipes to share with you this summer, and would you believe it, they each revolve around our humble tea temple – hassle free, full of flavour summer drinks which will really impress your mates! Our favourite, and possibly most appropriate for those long summer nights (and days) is a classic teapigs cocktail – the only thing that can elevate the simple cup of tea to soaring new heights is of course our good pal, gin.

That’s why we are VERY excited to announce a delicious cocktail conjured up by the lovely guys at Sipsmith, using – yep, you’ve guessed it – our very own super fruit tea temple!

Sipsmith sundowner

40ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

25ml super fruit tea syrup

2 lemon wedges

2 orange wedges

1 grapefruit wedge

For the super fruit tea syrup:

500ml water

500g sugar

3 super fruit tea temples

  • First make the tea syrup. Combine the water and sugar in a pan. Simmer and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and add 3 super fruit tea temples. Let the liquid rest until it has reached room temperature (about 30 mins). Then, remove the tea temples and transfer to a bottle and keep in the fridge til you’re ready to use it
  •  Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Squeeze the orange and lemon wedges in to it. Squeeze the grapefruit wedge in to it too and drop it in to the shaker. Add the gin and tea syrup. Shake well. Strain in to a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist or zest.

 Another of our favourite summer cocktails has to be the matcha martini – matcha AND vodka – yes please!

Matcha martini

1/2 teaspoon matcha powder

2 teaspoons cane sugar (or light agave syrup)

80ml vodka

splash of apple juice

  • Whisk matcha and agave in to a little vodka
  • Pour into a shaker full of ice, add the remaining vodka and the apple juice and shake shake shake
  • If you want to get fancy - rim a martini glass with sugar, pour in the cocktail and decorate with lemon or mint. If it's too strong, add a little sparkling or soda water.

The great thing about teapigs cocktails is they are completely adaptable to your own taste – have a read of our fave iced tea recipes, and if any take your fancy you can always add a splash of your favourite tipple!

Keep an eye out for lots more summer recipes coming your way over the next few weeks! (..did someone say teashakes!?)

We’re encouraging people to get creative with their tea this summer – so mix it up, try something new, and most importantly let us know how you get on! Share your creations using the hashtag #summertimetea as we’d love to see! 

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teapigs want you!

Posted 17th June 2015 by Sarah

teapigs want you!

Love tea? Love talking to people about tea? Want to be part of a team obsessed by all things tea? If so, you may want to sit down for this one, because WE'RE HIRING!

We currently have three exciting vacancies within our fast paced, dynamic team based in Brentford - whether you're interested in trade, e-commerce or marketing, there's something for everyone! 

Order processor and trade customer service assistant

We are looking for a detail-orientated, organised tea lover with fantastic customer service skills to become our order processor and trade customer services assistant. Reporting to the Commercial Manager for Independent Business and Trade Support, you’ll be responsible for processing trade orders for all our lovely stockists, from teeny cafes to larger accounts like Selfridges. You’ll also be assisting with our customer service plan for independent stockists, helping us on our mission to get the nation drinking real tea!

Intrigued? Read the full job spec here!

E-commerce assistant

teapigs are looking for an energetic, digitally-minded tea lover to help ensure teapigs international websites are the best tea-buying and browsing experience around.  You’ll be assisting the teapigs E-commerce Manager in all of the day-to-day runnings of teapigs international E-commerce sites covering merchandising, uploading new products and images, driving traffic to the site, fixing glitches, running sales reports and responding to web-related customer enquiries. You’ll have a great tone of voice and a real instinct for fantastic customer service and good website functionality.

Sound like you? Read the full job spec here!

Marketing assistant - events and experiential

teapigs are looking for a tea nut with buckets of energy and creativity to help implement their busy events and experiential strategy. Reporting to the Head of Marketing and E-commerce, you’ll be managing all aspects of teapigs consumer events and experiential activities. You’ll also be assisting across a wide variety of teapigs marketing activities, helping us on our mission to get the nation drink real tea.

Marketing bod in the making? Read the full job spec here! 

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#teapigsbookclub takes on Tolstoy!

Posted 17th June 2015 by Sarah

#teapigsbookclub takes on Tolstoy!

Cup of tea and spectacles at the ready – it’s time to dive into another addition of #teapigsbookclub! 

This month we attempted to introduce a bit of Tolstoy into our lives - slightly daunting, but we’re always up for a challenge.  We thought we’d ease ourselves in gently by starting off with ‘How Much Land Does a Man Need’ and what a great read it was – not scary at all!

If you’re not sure what #teapigsbookclub is all about – we’ve teamed up with Penguin to celebrate the launch of their little black classics, which means we’ll be reading a different book each month and sharing our thoughts over vast quantities of tea (and wine..but mainly tea)      

Below are a few thoughts the team had – general consensus seemed to be that it was an interesting read with lots of relevant morality issues, but the BIG question on everyone’s mind was ‘how much land DOES a man need!? Well, we did a quick survey round the office, and can confirm as long as there’s enough room for a hammock, then we teapigs are happy.  

Juliana:

“I’ve always been scared of reading Tolstoy, as the books are huuuge and I think I’m not prepared for them yet, but reading these two short stories gave me a sneak peak of what to expect, so that’s a good start. It’s probably the most religious stories I’ve ever read, with all the devil tempting people and God’s messengers, but it makes you think how greedy and selfish daily life can make you if you’re not careful. Good stuff.”

Sarah:

"I really enjoyed 'How much land does a man need' as it was an accessible way to test the waters of someone quite as daunting as Tolstoy! Even though I studied English literature at Uni, I somehow managed to avoid ever reading Tolstoy for three whole years (or maybe I just missed that lecture..who knows!)

To be honest, as someone not particularly enamoured with the whole concept of God, it was a bit much. But the values themselves, such as love, kindness, morality and greed, I found myself very much on board with. I think the fundamental morals of the stories are something which should still be held president today - kindness comes from within, whether you believe that to be from God or not, the world could definitely do with some more of it!"

Rosie:

“I liked it, essentially a story about morals through the lens of Tolstoy’s religion. I felt that both stories spanned significant enough time periods to articulate their message in full, and both demonstrated the impact of our decision-making on those around us. This makes the story more relatable to more modern readers – we all know how annoying it is when someone’s cows wander onto your land, and the like. My takeaway was a little bit ‘just be good / don’t be greedy’, but I think there is a lot more depth that could come from reading these alongside supporting material.”  

Anna:

"The first half of the book highlights how you can become a better person & in the long run benefit from helping people who you think might be less well off than you are, even if you consider yourself to be pretty hard done by.

The second half of the book gives a clear message that taking more than is due to you, or actively seeking more than you are owed will ultimately lead to your downfall."

Whether you loved it or loathed it, if you've got anything to add to the discussion please do leave us a comment - we'd love to know what you made of this month's read! 

Next Month:

Missed out last month? Fear not - We can now reveal next month’s book will be Femme Fatal by Guy de Maupassant – and we’ve got 20 copies to give away so you can join in too!

We asked our friend Sam from Penguin to give us the low down – and we must admit it all sounds very exciting!

What’s it about?

Four sparkling nineteenth-century tales of Parisian high society and rural life. The climax of a secret love affair ends in bitter disappointment; a son is sent to his father’s mistress to break the news of his death; a man loses his love to another woman; and an encounter in a graveyard is not quite as at seems

Where’s it set?

These are all set in and around Paris in the 1870s and 80s

Who wrote it?

Guy de Maupassant – the father of the modern short story – was a protégé of Flaubert and went on to be a tremendous influence on European literature

What makes him so good?

Maupassant’s stories are sparkling in their clarity. This probably has a lot to do with how short they are, most of them being originally published in the newspapers of their day. He explores contemporary Paris with an exactness that brings the city and its characters to life and isn’t afraid to explore the underbelly of society.

For your chance to win a copy of the book as well as a pack of everyday brew – send an email to hello@teapigs.co.uk with ‘PENGUIN’ in the subject line, winners will be informed on the 1st July - good luck and happy reading! 

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our top summer stockists!

Posted 16th June 2015 by Rachel

our top summer stockists!

We all know there's nothing better than spending a beautiful summer's evening relaxing in a beer garden with friends - but what about tea gardens I hear you cry!

Well fear not – we’ve got plenty of local stockists whom are offering up gorgeous outside seating, as well as serving the very best tea around.

Take a look at our top picks for this summer and be sure to pop in and show them some love.

The Ark, Poole Park  (BH15 2SF)

Have your cuppa on their terrace overlooking Poole Park’s Swan Lake.

Driftwood Café (PO10 7AW)

Meet with friends in the courtyard garden. A lovely sheltered oasis with high brick walls and a glorious magnolia tree standing central to give you shade

Bocketts Farm (KT22 9BS)

The outdoor yard offers lots of space, with a children’s play area available to keep them entertained!

Five the Beach (BS21 7QU)

Friendly cafe/restaurant on Clevedon seafront yards from the famous listed Victorian pier.

Edington Farm Shop (BA13 4PG)

Relax with a coffee & cake in the secret garden!

Hollow Trees Farm Shop & Café (IP7 6HX)

Enjoy a cuppa on the smoke free terrace and buy some teapigs to take home from the farm shop!

Sadly we know that the UK is slightly bigger than these six post codes and if you're struggling to find a stockist near you, then not to worry - we've got some cracking  iced tea recipes for you to try in the comfort of your own garden! 

Similarly, if you are one of our stockists with some beautiful outside space – sorry we haven’t included you, but send a pic and your address to orders@teapigs.co.uk and we will give you a shout out on social! 

If you find yourself enjoying teapigs in the sunshine be sure to tag us in your photos - we'd love to see!  Or even better, join in with the hashtag #SUMMERTIMETEA where we'll be rewarding our favourite snaps with a summer bundle of tea!

Enjoy the sun while it lasts (be safe though people – factor 50 all round!)

  

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Come and work for us!

Posted 15th June 2015 by Sarah

Come and work for us!

teapigs marketing assistant - events and experiential

teapigs are looking for a tea nut with buckets of energy and creativity to help implement their busy events and experiential strategy. Reporting to the Head of Marketing and E-commerce, you’ll be managing all aspects of teapigs consumer events and experiential activities. You’ll also be assisting across a wide variety of teapigs marketing activities, helping us on our mission to get the nation drink real tea.

Here’s more detail.

Events Management

You’ll be managing all aspects of teapigs events, working towards a consumer events sales target:

  • Booking shows and organising all logistics (stock, deliveries, contractors, electrics)
  • Ensuring the teapigs stand is well planned and looks fantastic
  • Ensuring the event is staffed
  • Selling and sampling to customers
  • Representing teapigs brand and brand values at events, spreading the word about our teas and driving customers to the teapigs website
  • Post-events performance
  • Recommendations on the next steps for teapigs with events
  • Researching new event opportunities for teapigs

Experiential

You’ll be managing the day to day implementation of teapigs experiential activity:

  • Responding to enquiries for experiential activity (goody bags, events, offices, festivals)
  • Working with wider team to work out the places to get teapigs in to the hands of tea lovers everywhere (from tube stations, to parks, to offices, to gyms)
  • Managing a calendar of experiential activity and organising all aspects of the activities we agree, from logistics, to staffing, to organising deliveries, to following up with consumers afterwards and reporting on success
  • Being out and about handing out samples, product and ensuring teapigs looks great “out and about”

Marketing assistance

The teapigs E-commerce and Marketing team is very busy and you’ll be required to assist on lots of ad hoc activities. This could include market research projects, organising marketing materials, assisting with design amends.

 What you need to do the job!

  • Experience in face-to-face customer services and / or promotional activity
  • LOADS of energy and enthusiasm – you’ll be lifting boxes, running around IKEA buying last minute items and serving and talking to customers all day long, all with a huge smile on your face
  • Lots of drive – you’ll want to hit sales targets, sell lots of tea and deliver quality work and material
  • Ability to work independently and to deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Super organisational skills – the checklist will be your best friend
  • Attention to detail – you’ll take pride in your work, you’ll want the teapigs stand and creative materials to look brilliant at all times and our customers to walk away very happy
  • Tenacity – you’ll have the stamina to keep going at something until it is just right!
  • A BIG team ethic – you’ll be working with a busy team to achieve great results
  • Experience of working with customers
  • Car or driver’s license
  • Be able to work occasional weekends at events (time given in lieu)
  • To like really good tea!

 It would be especially useful if you have…

  • Some experience of events management
  • Some experience in marketing
  • Some experience of design / graphics or use of photoshop

To apply, send a paragraph explaining why you’ll be perfect for this role, and your CV to sofia@teapigs.co.uk. Please put the subject line

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Salary - £21,000 + bonus, pension scheme, and free tea!

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