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Unique Interior Design Ideas For A Tea Cafe

Opening up a new Tea Caf and stuck for Interior design ideas? Then you have found the right article. Taking ideas from around the world and throughout history you will be sure to find an idea or inspiration for your own tea caf Interior design.

Tea and tea cafes have a long history as people have been drinking and enjoying tea for centuries so your interior design options are open to many possibilities. Some of our tea caf interior design suggestions are:

Create a tea inspired forest from walls covered in rain forest landscapes to tea leaves actually growing in your tea caf. Allow your forest inspired interior design reflect the natural environment of tea and give visitors a unique and tea inspired experience
Collect tea tins from around the world and fill your shelves will them. Interior design that is inspired by a true passion for a product will send an authentic and honest message to visitors who may also share this passion.
Adorn your interior walls with a tea timeline highlighting major tea events like the first tea caf, the Boston tea party and how tea was introduced to the world. Tea has a long and fascinating history which will entice your clientele back so that they can read more about it.
Fill your tea caf walls with framed images of famous tea drinkers. Your visitors will love identifying with their favourite celebrities, especially if they like the same type of tea.
Research traditional Interior design from the worlds famous tea growing regions and their tea cafes. India, China and Japan are all great tea growers and drinkers and you may be inspired by their tea caf culture.

When thinking about the interior design of your tea caf the most important question you need to ask yourself is What sort of atmosphere do you want to create? Once you know the answer to that question you should be able to create your interior design quickly and easily.

Crown Commercial Group are experts in Interior design and fitouts in the restaurant and caf industry. When it comes to your tea caf interior design you need the help of experts and no one will know your industry more than the people at Crown Commercial Group. So whatever it is need an interior design job done for a tea caf, a coffee shop, a general caf or restaurant call Crown Commercial Group now on Ph: 1800 771 776 or contact them via their website at www.CrownCommercialGroup.com.au. They will help you create the tea caf of your dreams, so dont waste any more time, call them now

Energy Efficiency In Power Generation

With natural gas prices being steadily on the rise, EIA reports indicate an expected decline in the usage of natural gas for power generation. The increasing costs of fossilized fuel resources, their limited availability and steady demand now make it mandatory for countries to consider energy saving means to utilise these resources for power generation.

Energy efficiency in power generation enables countries to harness precious natural resources in a sustainable manner. It has been observed and reported that conventional power plants generating electricity from natural resources tend to lose a major part of it during different stages of the process itself. For example, just 1% of the electricity generated at a conventional power plant is available for end use, in the case of domestic lighting. There are consistent energy losses at each stage of power generation, apart from losses during transmission and conversion at the end-user point.

Fossilized fuel sources theoretically offer high electricity generation efficiencies when compared to renewable or clean energy sources, except for water, as large scale hydro-electric power generation facilities tend to efficiently harness the power of water. The energy harnessed, however, should be fully utilised to justify the costs and efforts put into the process. Steam turbine-based power production results in approximately 65 % wastage in terms of heat generated during the process, while the type of fuel used also influences the energy efficiency of the system.

Cogeneration is an energy saving, sustainable alternative to conventional power production. The concept or technique involves an efficient power generation system that also utilises the heat or thermal energy generated from the system to heat spaces or water, or even to power adsorption chillers used for refrigeration purposes. This heat is otherwise rendered waste, resulting inefficient fuel usage. Gas turbines are extremely efficient in reclaiming heat lost in power production and are widely used in combined heat and power plants, and combined cycle power plants that are based on the concept of cogeneration.

With countries, such as Japan, set to decommission their ageing nuclear reactors to comply with standard safety protocols, demand for fossil fuels is certainly expected to be on the rise, making them even more costly. Efficient utilisation of these fuels, especially for power generation, is the only way to make the process sustainable and cost-efficient.

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The Kotatsu Warm Furniture In Japan

Experiencing the Japanese winter when I first arrived, I knew I was facing a challenge. The snow fell and the wind howled. The bitter cold outdoors is part of winter, but I expected warmth indoors. Central heating in residential housing was not common. Positioning a kerosene heater in the center of the room was just not the same. The foul fumes from the kerosene heaters caused dull headaches. Opening the window cleared the air, but let the biting winter cold inside as the room temperature dropped. Given the expensive price for this old technology combined with the wretched smell, I did not buy a kerosene heater for my first apartment. Houses and apartments in Japan rarely came with heating; my little apartment was no exception.

The kotatsu was one answer. My first kotatsu had a small reddish brown plasticky square table top somewhere between two and three feet across. The table top rested on the table base with four short stubby legs that were about as high as the bottom half of my knees. The kotatsu came with a quilt that was placed between the table top and the table base, covering the sides of the kotatsu, going down to the floor, and even spreading across the floor a bit.

The light blue quilt had tiny red cars going down the road, but it did not match the reddish brown table. Still both were cheap. The quilt caught the heat that the heat lamp radiated downward from the table base. Not knowing better, I didn’t have a pad underneath the kotatsu to both trap the heat in and protect the tatami, the woven straw mat flooring in some rooms and houses in Japan.

During my first winter in Japan, I remember sitting at my kotatsu on a cushion, resting my back against the wall and keeping warm with just the kotatsu and a small electric space heater in my little one room apartment while the snow fell and the wind blew. My legs were toasty warm under the kotatsu. My upper body was warm where the space heater reached it.

When I was small, I used to build caves inside my room in the winter. I would throw a blanket over a couple of chairs and huddle inside, imagining myself a bear in winter in my centrally heated cave. Given the biting cold that I was imagining, I would bring in a lamp for warmth. The cave was perfect until I burned myself on the light bulb. I never burned myself under my kotatsu, but I did get uncomfortably warm. My new world in Japan was like my childhood, but without central heating.

The coal heated kotatsu dates back hundreds of years in Japan but today almost everybody uses electric kotatsu. The two kinds of kotatsu are the kotatsu I have just described and the horigotatsu, which is simply a kotatsu that goes over a hole in the floor. You sit at the horigotatsu and stick your legs into the hole. I remember going to a soba restaurant in a rural area. The restaurant, with its high ceiling and beams, looked like it was built over a hundred years ago. Each large table had its own horigotatsu. Eating there in the summer, I could only imagine how cold the giant room was in the winter as people enjoyed warmth from the waist down.

Hundreds of year ago, when the kotatsu was first invented, everyone wore robes in Japan. The heat would enter at the bottom of the robe, go up the body, warming it, and leave the robe at the neck, heating the entire body. I wore Western clothes in the winter so my entire body did not get heated.

If you still don’t have a clear image of what a kotatsu is, google and you can find pictures. If you to go Ask Metafilter, you can even find instructions to build one. Kotatsu are marvelous, but winter in Japan is a cold and uncomfortable business. Due to the very high electric prices, insufficient insulation, and building codes and laws not requiring heating, people turn to devices like the kotatsu. My friend Reiko has a kotatsu, a heated blanket, and a heated pad that she places under her feet at her desk. These are just a few of the many devices in Japan that people use to fight the cold.