Random Tea Subscription Service

Help The Random Tea Room grow by supporting our upcoming Tea Subscription Service and Refillable Tea Station Program.

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Project Ends on September 30, 2019

Project Description

Random Tea Room – Mission Statement

The Random Tea Room’s mission is to improve daily tea rituals. Our goal is to make quality international loose-leaf tea accessible, every day in our store, your home or work place.

State the Problem – Tea drinker challenges!

Tea drinkers, ranging from beginners to connoisseurs, experience a variety of challenges accessing quality loose-leaf tea and herbal blends, learning about global tea options and trends, and connecting with other tea drinkers and the tea community.

Rising to the Challenge – Random Tea Room subscription program solution

The Random Tea Room’s monthly Tea Subscription Service and Refillable Tea Station Program conveniently delivers quality loose-leaf teas and accoutrements direct to customers at their home or workplace. Curated from our expansive collection of teas and herbal blends sourced from around the world, both the Tea Subscription Service and Refillable Tea Station Program includes well known staples as well as custom craft teas.

Monthly Tea Subscription – Designed for home delivery, this monthly subscription service includes 3 1-ounce selections of specially chosen and lovingly packaged loose-leaf teas, curating a tea drinking adventure

Refillable Tea Station – Ideal for businesses, restaurants, and caterers, the Refillable Tea Station includes 6 refillable tea tins, steeping bags, scoops, timer, and instructions stacked in an attractive minimal footprint tea station.

Random Tea Subscription Service – Market Opportunity

Based on our historical customer experience at our store (7,000+ unique customers since 2013), and our current Philadelphia centric focus, we estimate a 2019 market opportunity of 1,000 customers. As we continue to expand our reach into additional markets (including cyber), we envision a significant market opportunity expansion over the next several years.

Random Tea Subscription - Crowdfunding Campaign

While the Random Tea Room (founded  in 2008) has an established cafe and retail brick & mortar location, we need to expand our business in a variety of dimensions to successfully launch the Tea Subscription Service and Refillable Tea Station programs. We have identified the following initiatives critical to our success:

Branding – Refresh of the Random Tea Room brand package, emphasizing our expanded capabilities and highlighting our depth of tea knowledge and focus on community

Packaging – Sustainable packaging containers in variety of sizes and specifically designed labels flexible to support the subscription programs

Execution – Website update including the configuration and launch of an online subscription service application and fulfillment platform

Meet the Random Tea Room Team

  • Executive / Vision – Rebecca Goldschmidt (Owner)
  • Manager – Corinne Deehan
  • Staff – Amanda Shaw, Cheyanne Stone, Rachael Amber, Gina Murdock, and Rose LaPenta.

Extended Family / Community:

  • Photography & Video –  Rich Gretzinger from Human + Nature Photography
  • Graphic Design –  Angela Miles from Carpe Diem Construction
  • Stephanie Cole – Steph Co Media

THANK YOU!

The vitality, creative spirit, and inclusiveness of the Random Tea Room community has inspired and driven our business for the past 11 years. Together, we have learned and grown, and we look forward to continuing this journey on the long road that we have ahead of us. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your daily tea rituals!

This Kinnari Sculpture was a gift from a member of our community, and is a symbol of feminine beauty, grace and accomplishment.

Updates

The Project FAQs

What is The Random Tea Subscription Service?

The Random Tea Subscription Service is a monthly tea delivery program featuring a rotating selection of three different teas or herbal blends. Each distribution will be composed of either random selections or a carefully curated collection based on each subscribers preference.

 

What is the Tea Station?

The Random Tea Station is the base unit for the Random Tea Subscription refillable program. Conveniently sized to fit on a counter-top, the station is designed to hold six tea tins as well as a drawer to store tea accessories, bags, scoop and timer.

  

Does the subscription service include steeping instructions?

Both the refillable tea tins and the recyclable bags contain customized labels. These attractive directives provide recommendations for steep time, temperature and measurements for leaves.

 

When does the Random Tea Subscription start?

We are hard at work preparing to launch the service and are targeting the first distribution in April 2019. Please join our newsletter and follow us on social media to receive the latest updates.

 

What will you be doing with the money you collect?

There are many moving pieces to this campaign and we want to make sure that we've got our bases covered! The graph below is a summary of how we plan to spend the proceeds from this campaign. Everything from sustainable packaging to web design is included in the chart below.

Tea Subscription Use of Proceeds

 

 

kellie Bowker
09/21/2019
3 months of The Random Tea Subscription
$75
Matthew George
09/11/2019
Social media shout-out
$10
Hayley Smith
08/27/2019
Get Your Chai On
$35
Stephanie Marsh
08/13/2019
Tea Shirt Tie Dye Workshop with Corinne
$45
07/31/2019
Unchi-Ahchi: Tea Goddess Shirt - Size M
$35
Sarah Ruggieri
07/02/2019
Unchi-Ahchi: Tea Goddess Shirt - Size S
$35
Joclyn Cook
06/28/2019
Get Your Chai On
$40
06/06/2019
3 months of The Random Tea Subscription
$100
Bethany
06/04/2019
Unchi-Ahchi: Tea Goddess Shirt - Size S
$35
06/04/2019
Unchi-Ahchi: Tea Goddess Shirt - Size S
$35
Monetary Contribution

Thank you so much for your support. I hope that you can feel the glow from helping us to reach our goal!

 

3 Supporters
Contribute
$10
Social media shout-out

Let’s make our friendship public!  We’ll shout-out your praise on one of our social media platforms.

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2 Supporters
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$10
Chai Essence Hydrosol Spray

Have you ever walked into the tea room and thought "Wish I could bottle that smell"? 

Well, the day has arrived and we can all welcome "Chai Essence - Hydrosol" into our everyday lives. 

The scent of our chai is captured in a steam distillate and available in 1oz spray bottles. 

Use it for everything from facial toner to aromatherapy to linen spray. 

This is a life changer!

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0 Supporters
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$20
Chai Potpourri Sachets

That intoxicating scent that surrounds you when you open the door of the tea room, bagged and ready to invigorate your kitchen.

148 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
Get Your Chai On

This deal is a triple win!

You get:

  • A bottle of Chai Essence
  • A bag of Chai Potpourri
  • A tin of Chai Masala

Life couldn't smell better!

 

27 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
Unchi-Ahchi: Tea Goddess Shirt - Size XS

Meet Unchi-Ahchi’s (aka Huchi-Fuchi) - Goddess of the Hearth. She can make your water HOT! She suggests that you surround yourself with warmth by creating an environment that nurtures others. That is what we do at RTR and would like to help you to create similar energies with our Tea Subscription program and Refillable Tea Station. This design is a collaboration with Gump from https://irongump.com He was looking through an old sketchbook of mine and fell in love with the original doodle that inspired this shirt. Get this limited edition item exclusively though this campaign!

Sizing available from extra small - large with individual listings per size.

10 Left
0 Supporters
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$35
Unchi-Ahchi: Tea Goddess Shirt - Size S

Meet Unchi-Ahchi’s (aka Huchi-Fuchi) - Goddess of the Hearth. She can make your water HOT! She suggests that you surround yourself with warmth by creating an environment that nurtures others. That is what we do at RTR and would like to help you to create similar energies with our Tea Subscription program and Refillable Tea Station. This design is a collaboration with Gump from https://irongump.com He was looking through an old sketchbook of mine and fell in love with the original doodle that inspired this shirt. Get this limited edition item exclusively though this campaign!

Sizing available from extra small - large with individual listings per size.

5 Left
5 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
Unchi-Ahchi: Tea Goddess Shirt - Size M

Meet Unchi-Ahchi’s (aka Huchi-Fuchi) - Goddess of the Hearth. She can make your water HOT! She suggests that you surround yourself with warmth by creating an environment that nurtures others. That is what we do at RTR and would like to help you to create similar energies with our Tea Subscription program and Refillable Tea Station. This design is a collaboration with Gump from https://irongump.com He was looking through an old sketchbook of mine and fell in love with the original doodle that inspired this shirt. Get this limited edition item exclusively though this campaign!

Sizing available from extra small - large with individual listings per size.

5 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
Unchi-Ahchi: Tea Goddess Shirt - Size L

Meet Unchi-Ahchi’s (aka Huchi-Fuchi) - Goddess of the Hearth. She can make your water HOT! She suggests that you surround yourself with warmth by creating an environment that nurtures others. That is what we do at RTR and would like to help you to create similar energies with our Tea Subscription program and Refillable Tea Station. This design is a collaboration with Gump from https://irongump.com He was looking through an old sketchbook of mine and fell in love with the original doodle that inspired this shirt. Get this limited edition item exclusively though this campaign!

Sizing available from extra small - large with individual listings per size.

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$40
Sampler – Loose-leaf Black Tea Trio

A rich selection of our favorite black teas.

EARL GREY: A decadent blend of whole leaf Chinese black tea and bergamot.

CHAI MASALA: Our house specialty, an intoxicating blend of single estate Assam and hand ground  cardamom, cinnamon, clove, star anise, cayenne, nutmeg, and black pepper.

4TH ST. BREAKFAST: A house-blended trinity of Ceylon (black tea from the mountains of Sri Lanka), Assam (black tea from India), and Organic South Cloud (Chinese Red Tea)

Total Available: 20

15 Left
5 Supporters
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$50
Tea Consultation and Tasting with Becky

Spend an hour at the bar with Becky talking about your favorite brews and learning about different styles of tea. Sample up to three of the selections from the Random Tea Rooms diverse menu and go home with 2 ounces of leaf to continue your journey into the life of tea. 

24 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$60
Sampler – Loose-Leaf Herbal Blends

Straight from the Random Tea Room's Apothecary comes a healing collection of House Blended Herbal tisanes complete with steeping instructions.

Strengthen your immune system with For the Defense. Clear those sinuses with Respiratory Rescue. Unwind with Simmer Down, and soothe an unhappy stomach with Belly Blend.

 

18 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
3 months of The Random Tea Subscription

We've just received the compostable bags we've been waiting for to start our subscription service! We got them from @ClearBags and they are made of Kraft paper with an inner plant-based PLA lining. Angela Miles from @CarpeDiemConstructionCo. did a lovely job keeping the design classy. We are looking forward to helping you learn about and love your tea journey, always helping you to Keep It Random! 

This 3-month bundle includes 3 - 1oz servings of loose leaf tea every month (about 30 cups of tea) plus a box of 100 paper filters and a "Perfect Tea Measure" scoop.

91 Left
9 Supporters
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$80
1 Hour Massage with Rose

One of the facets of the tea room is our wellness space that hosts a talented line up of healing practitioners, from massage to acupuncture to vibrational sound baths. With this reward you will receive an hour long session with Rose LaPenta, Rose specializes in Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Trigger Point Therapy, and Stretching with a focus on pain management and rehabilitation including relief from migraines.

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0 Supporters
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$100
Private GongFu Service for 4 people

GongFu is the ritualized preparation and presentation of tea using Yixing teapots and tiny cups. We will explore Oolongs and Puerh teas with 3 of your friends in our Philadelphia Tea House.

 

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
Tea station Complete with Tea

This changes everything, your daily tea ritual is now ready for you. Our customized tea station filled with 6 different, randomly selected, loose leaf teas destined for your countertop. Comes with a box of 100 paper filters and a tea measure.

9 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$300
Complete Tea Station plus Consult

For the office manager that wants to up the beverage game in the work room. We will provide a 1-hour consultation to help you decide which blends would most compliment your workspace. This perk comes complete with the Tea Station, 6 varieties of tea or herbs, a box of 100 paper filters and a tea measure.

5 Left
0 Supporters
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$375
Candy Coated & Curated Tea Station & Tea

We got together with the Inter-dimensional Sculptor of Space and Time, Candy Coated, to collaborate over tea and musings of porcelain and the land of China. This custom decorated, custom curated tea station is also custom blended! Candy and I came up with a blend for you called Tulsi Rose, a trinity of green and purple leaf Tulsi, Rose petals and buds, a dusting of blue Cornflowers and an extra dose of organic Rose essence.

This Ayurvedic blend will open your heart and ease your stress.  

Learn more about Candy and her amazing decals at https://www.candycoated.org 

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$500
Kids Tea Party in our backyard

We’ll supply the tea, our backyard, and sidewalk chalk! You bring the kids (limit 10). So much fun to be had :-)

 

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Thank you so much for your support. I hope that you can feel the glow from helping us to reach our goal!

 

3 Supporters
Contribute
$10
Social media shout-out

Let’s make our friendship public!  We’ll shout-out your praise on one of our social media platforms.

498 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$10
Chai Essence Hydrosol Spray

Have you ever walked into the tea room and thought "Wish I could bottle that smell"? 

Well, the day has arrived and we can all welcome "Chai Essence - Hydrosol" into our everyday lives. 

The scent of our chai is captured in a steam distillate and available in 1oz spray bottles. 

Use it for everything from facial toner to aromatherapy to linen spray. 

This is a life changer!

50 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$20
Chai Potpourri Sachets

That intoxicating scent that surrounds you when you open the door of the tea room, bagged and ready to invigorate your kitchen.

148 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
Get Your Chai On

This deal is a triple win!

You get:

  • A bottle of Chai Essence
  • A bag of Chai Potpourri
  • A tin of Chai Masala

Life couldn't smell better!

 

27 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
Unchi-Ahchi: Tea Goddess Shirt - Size XS

Meet Unchi-Ahchi’s (aka Huchi-Fuchi) - Goddess of the Hearth. She can make your water HOT! She suggests that you surround yourself with warmth by creating an environment that nurtures others. That is what we do at RTR and would like to help you to create similar energies with our Tea Subscription program and Refillable Tea Station. This design is a collaboration with Gump from https://irongump.com He was looking through an old sketchbook of mine and fell in love with the original doodle that inspired this shirt. Get this limited edition item exclusively though this campaign!

Sizing available from extra small - large with individual listings per size.

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
Unchi-Ahchi: Tea Goddess Shirt - Size S

Meet Unchi-Ahchi’s (aka Huchi-Fuchi) - Goddess of the Hearth. She can make your water HOT! She suggests that you surround yourself with warmth by creating an environment that nurtures others. That is what we do at RTR and would like to help you to create similar energies with our Tea Subscription program and Refillable Tea Station. This design is a collaboration with Gump from https://irongump.com He was looking through an old sketchbook of mine and fell in love with the original doodle that inspired this shirt. Get this limited edition item exclusively though this campaign!

Sizing available from extra small - large with individual listings per size.

5 Left
5 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
Unchi-Ahchi: Tea Goddess Shirt - Size M

Meet Unchi-Ahchi’s (aka Huchi-Fuchi) - Goddess of the Hearth. She can make your water HOT! She suggests that you surround yourself with warmth by creating an environment that nurtures others. That is what we do at RTR and would like to help you to create similar energies with our Tea Subscription program and Refillable Tea Station. This design is a collaboration with Gump from https://irongump.com He was looking through an old sketchbook of mine and fell in love with the original doodle that inspired this shirt. Get this limited edition item exclusively though this campaign!

Sizing available from extra small - large with individual listings per size.

5 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
Unchi-Ahchi: Tea Goddess Shirt - Size L

Meet Unchi-Ahchi’s (aka Huchi-Fuchi) - Goddess of the Hearth. She can make your water HOT! She suggests that you surround yourself with warmth by creating an environment that nurtures others. That is what we do at RTR and would like to help you to create similar energies with our Tea Subscription program and Refillable Tea Station. This design is a collaboration with Gump from https://irongump.com He was looking through an old sketchbook of mine and fell in love with the original doodle that inspired this shirt. Get this limited edition item exclusively though this campaign!

Sizing available from extra small - large with individual listings per size.

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$40
Sampler – Loose-leaf Black Tea Trio

A rich selection of our favorite black teas.

EARL GREY: A decadent blend of whole leaf Chinese black tea and bergamot.

CHAI MASALA: Our house specialty, an intoxicating blend of single estate Assam and hand ground  cardamom, cinnamon, clove, star anise, cayenne, nutmeg, and black pepper.

4TH ST. BREAKFAST: A house-blended trinity of Ceylon (black tea from the mountains of Sri Lanka), Assam (black tea from India), and Organic South Cloud (Chinese Red Tea)

Total Available: 20

15 Left
5 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Tea Consultation and Tasting with Becky

Spend an hour at the bar with Becky talking about your favorite brews and learning about different styles of tea. Sample up to three of the selections from the Random Tea Rooms diverse menu and go home with 2 ounces of leaf to continue your journey into the life of tea. 

24 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$60
Sampler – Loose-Leaf Herbal Blends

Straight from the Random Tea Room's Apothecary comes a healing collection of House Blended Herbal tisanes complete with steeping instructions.

Strengthen your immune system with For the Defense. Clear those sinuses with Respiratory Rescue. Unwind with Simmer Down, and soothe an unhappy stomach with Belly Blend.

 

18 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
3 months of The Random Tea Subscription

We've just received the compostable bags we've been waiting for to start our subscription service! We got them from @ClearBags and they are made of Kraft paper with an inner plant-based PLA lining. Angela Miles from @CarpeDiemConstructionCo. did a lovely job keeping the design classy. We are looking forward to helping you learn about and love your tea journey, always helping you to Keep It Random! 

This 3-month bundle includes 3 - 1oz servings of loose leaf tea every month (about 30 cups of tea) plus a box of 100 paper filters and a "Perfect Tea Measure" scoop.

91 Left
9 Supporters
Select this reward
$80
1 Hour Massage with Rose

One of the facets of the tea room is our wellness space that hosts a talented line up of healing practitioners, from massage to acupuncture to vibrational sound baths. With this reward you will receive an hour long session with Rose LaPenta, Rose specializes in Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Trigger Point Therapy, and Stretching with a focus on pain management and rehabilitation including relief from migraines.

20 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
Private GongFu Service for 4 people

GongFu is the ritualized preparation and presentation of tea using Yixing teapots and tiny cups. We will explore Oolongs and Puerh teas with 3 of your friends in our Philadelphia Tea House.

 

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
Tea station Complete with Tea

This changes everything, your daily tea ritual is now ready for you. Our customized tea station filled with 6 different, randomly selected, loose leaf teas destined for your countertop. Comes with a box of 100 paper filters and a tea measure.

9 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$300
Complete Tea Station plus Consult

For the office manager that wants to up the beverage game in the work room. We will provide a 1-hour consultation to help you decide which blends would most compliment your workspace. This perk comes complete with the Tea Station, 6 varieties of tea or herbs, a box of 100 paper filters and a tea measure.

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$375
Candy Coated & Curated Tea Station & Tea

We got together with the Inter-dimensional Sculptor of Space and Time, Candy Coated, to collaborate over tea and musings of porcelain and the land of China. This custom decorated, custom curated tea station is also custom blended! Candy and I came up with a blend for you called Tulsi Rose, a trinity of green and purple leaf Tulsi, Rose petals and buds, a dusting of blue Cornflowers and an extra dose of organic Rose essence.

This Ayurvedic blend will open your heart and ease your stress.  

Learn more about Candy and her amazing decals at https://www.candycoated.org 

1 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Kids Tea Party in our backyard

We’ll supply the tea, our backyard, and sidewalk chalk! You bring the kids (limit 10). So much fun to be had :-)

 

3 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward