Steven Nakisher looks back on 2012- An Amazing Year

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What a whirlwind year!  It almost feels like we’ve been in an entrepreneurial dream for the past year.  Prior to  Shark Tank, we wondered if we were about to set ourselves up for public humiliation.  After all, some really good businesses get hammered on Shark Tank and some really silly ideas get funded.  After making our mother’s proud of our Shark Tank performance, we were off to acquisition.

decision time

Selling a business to a publicly traded company is a huge milestone.  Besides making our dads very proud, we now have the amazing ability to build Talbott Teas through a larger company that is amazing.  Jamba Juice is committed to growing Talbott Teas, thereby making our dream of reinventing the tea experience a reality.

We are so appreciative of all of the people who have supported us along our journey and we are excited for what is about to come.

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We also are excited to watch the progress of the many innovative companies and fellow entrepreneurs  we had the pleasure to meet this year.  We know each of them will find their own path to success .  As 2013 begins we will continue to draw  inspiration from all of our friends, family and customers.

We wish you all a very happy 2013.

– Steven Nakisher

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2012-A very Exci-Tea-ing year

What an exhilarating year this has been! As I stop to reflect back at all of the special moments of 2012, I feel that I have so much gratitude for all of the incredible things that have happened this year. There have really been some great moments!!

First and foremost, right at the top of 2012, Talbott Teas gained a new parent- Jamba Juice! We are so happy to be a new member of their family! Our work together has meant that I have had some really fun opportunities, like having iced tea with Venus Williams on the tennis court in Miami and in the Hamptons. Venus is an ambassador for Jamba Juice and it allowed us the opportunity to meet and get to know each other. So much fun!

shane and venus Shane and the Sharks

Our relationship with Jamba came about  early this year with our appearance on Shark Tank. Wow, what a blast that was! Both nerve wracking and exciting, it was a life changing moment for Talbott Teas. We had the chance to work with “Mr. Wonderful” and Daymond John (Daymon, you are one cool cat). So exciting, and an incredible learning experience.  After appearing on the show we received so much positive feedback and met lots fantastic new customers placing  first time orders.

The next order of business was to roll out Talbott Teas to Jamba Juice locations across the country. What a dream come true.  Jamba Juice shoppers now have the chance to grab a cup of some seriously stylin’ tea!  I am still pinching myself when I walk in to a store and see my name up on that shelf!

talbott at jamba at costco

As if that is not enough, Talbott Teas also made it in to Costco in the Midwest region.  What is bigger than Costco?!  It’s the chance for you to grab a really great deal on Talbott Teas, so hurry before they are gone!

We continue to work diligently to expand our reach  to all of you tea lovers out there. We want to make sure you can get your Talbott Teas as easily as possible. Keep your eyes open to find Talbott Teas in a store near you in the year ahead.

A few final thoughts…

…count your blessings and tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.

…anything worth doing is worth doing in style, and that includes enjoying your daily cup of tea!

…polka dots.

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Happy holidays to you and your loved ones!

– Shane Talbott

Making Macarons in our Sister City -Paris, France

While we were on vacation  in Paris this August, we had the chance to attend a French Macaron Class at La Cuisine Paris

http://www.lacuisineparis.com

We thought it would be fun to share the recipe we used and to show you the steps involved in making these delicious macrons.  We learned that that traditional macarons take a delicate touch and precise mixing for the meringue. 

Macaron Cookie (French Meringue Method)

180g  ground almonds
270g  powdered sugar
150g egg whites
100g  granulated sugar
(food coloring of choice)

Sift the ground almonds and powdered sugar together in a mixing bowl.  Measure the egg whites into a clean mixing bowl.   Using a whisk attachment start whipping the egg whites on a medium speed and slowly add the sugar.  Gradually increase the speed and continue to whisk the whites until they form a glossy stiff meringue and the sugar is dissolved.  Add the food coloring and whisk just until combined.  Carefully fold into the meringue the dry ingredients a little at a time and gently blend. Be careful not to over mix.

Put the mixture into a pastry bag with a size 10mm tip.  Put parchment paper on a baking sheet and form small rounds(with a size
3cm diameter since they will spread).  Let rest on a baking sheet 15-30 minutes.  Bake at 160 degrees for about 12 minutes.  Let cool on a rack and then remove from paper.


Dark Chocolate Ganache Filling
150g whipping cram
150g dark chocolate (64% cocoa content minimum)
53g butter, room temp. cubed

Weigh chocolate into medium sized bowl.  Cut chocolate into small pieces if not already done.  Weigh whipping cream into saucepan.  Weigh out butter.  Bring whipping cream to a boil.  Pour over dark chocolate in several stages, making sure it is smooth and well incorporated each time.Let mixture cool a little before adding butter.  Incorporate butter until smooth.  Pour ganache into piping bag.  Refrigerate around 40 minutes or until texture is workable.Squeeze ganache filling over the top of one cookie, top with another cookie.

When finished,  refrigerate for 24- 48 hours to achieve the  perfect amount of “chewiness”
Pair these delicious cookies with our Chocolate Almond Allure Tea made from full-leaf black tea, almond pieces, cacao nibs, natural caramel, chocolate and almond flavors.
We realize you may not have time to make these treats for yourself,  so we thought we would recommend a
great place to get some ready made goodies.   Check out Vanille Patisserie at 2229 North Clybourn in Chicago for a delicious selection of macarons and other baked goods.
Bon appétit!
-Shane Talbott  and Steve Nakisher

Steven Nakisher Shares the Shark Tank Experience and discusses the Entrepreneurial Spirit

 Steven Nakisher Shares the Shark Tank Experience and discusses the Entrepreneurial Spirit 

Usually, in this space Shane Talbott shares his creative vision and some of the inspirations behind Talbott Teas.   While Shane has continued to draw inspiration from the many people who have contacted him with their ideas after seeing him on Shark Tank, Today’s posting however comes from Steven Nakisher, who drives the “business side” of Talbott Teas.

 

Being an entrepreneur often feels like an arduous calling.  There is a lot of hard work, uncertainty,hope and even moments of despair.  Throughout our venture, we often felt alone by trying to find the way to have our product find its tipping point.  We just kept working hard, solving problems, and keeping our focus.  Our friends and family thought we were a little crazy for risking so much and working as hard as we were working.

After appearing on Shark Tank, I started to connect with hundreds of fellow entrepreneurs about their products, passion, as well as the ups and downs of their journey.  I thought we were the only one who were crazy enough to follow the roller coaster of the road less traveled.  Well, it’s clear that I was wrong.  There are so many creative and passionate people out there who are doing the exact same thing, risking it all and working harder than any job you could ever find.  In many ways, I feel like I’ve found “my people”  I have been contacted by so many people who are looking for funding, trying to get on Shark Tank, wanting some advice, or just calling to connect.   I have to say that I’ve enjoyed these conversations so much.  Entrepreneurs need to find each other and stick together, as I continue to learn how universal problems are.  I truly feel that I’ve been helped more than any advice I’ve given.

-Steven Nakisher-

Iced Tea Brewing Tips from Talbott Teas

Talbott Teas gourmet tea flavors are delicious iced. Our Luscious Lemon Meringue and Blissful Blueberry teas are the flavors that work best. 

For an 8oz serving we suggest brewing 2 tea sachets* in water that has been heated to 190 degrees.   Let the tea sachets steep for 3 -5 minutes.

Remove tea sachets and pour over a tall glass of ice.  Stir well and enjoy the natural fresh sweetness of our tea, or sweeten to your taste. 

* An alternative to using 2 tea sachets would be to let one tea sachet steep for 8-10 minutes.  We would recommend this method only for our Blissful Blueberry tea.

Fifty Shades of Earl Grey?

 

Summer is the perfect time to sit and relax with a tall cold iced tea*  and a good book, or interesting magazine article.  Lately we’ve been so busy, we haven’t had a lot of time to catch up on the latest best sellers.   Any recommendations on “must reads”?

 

Our Luscious Lemon Meringue and our Blissful Blueberry teas are delicious iced and work well in summer cocktails