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VAKKA Tea Bar. Copenhagen, Denmark. As told by the founder Nikolaj Brøndsted.
What made you want to open a tea bar?
The desire to spread the good word that tea is not just a bag of something black & bitter in a cup when you are sick but can be a source of great experiences, amazing flavor combinations, feel-good moments, and just darn nice.
How would you describe the brand?
VAKKA has the tagline “inspired by tea” which is kind of what we do.
What equipment are you using to make tea? Why did you choose this equipment?
We have a Quooker, a tap that delivers boiling water on demand, an electric kettle with multiple temp settings for precision work, a spindle mixer for cold and iced products, fermentation tanks for kombucha, and the Modbar steam for heating and steaming our mixed/milk-based/hot cocktails & beverages.
Describe your bar or customer flow. break this down for us. how did the equipment influence the flow? or vice versa?
Modbar was chosen because it’s the only serious stand-alone steam solution, even though we aren’t brewing coffee. It is a perfect fit for our need to not creating a “barrier” between the guests and us, as conventional espresso machines tend to do.
Describe the location/demographics of the area where you opened. Why did you choose this area?
Hip & happening “Nørrebro” in Copenhagen was recently voted Coolest neighborhood in the world. Resident diversity, plenty of foot traffic, some shopping, and a reputation for having an “open mind” approach.
What’s one thing that makes your tea bar special?
Our entire concept. VAKKA is the first tea bar in Denmark perhaps in Scandinavia. The first place to seriously combine the respect for the Tea ( tradition, culture & product) with a fresh modern nordic approach to flavor and food & drink.