More than simply a policy, the café’s workers are offered full health and dental benefits, including alternative health care, even for part-time staff after only 2 months of employment. “I have a responsibility to them as much as they do to me,” says Hagele of her philosophy and approach. “I want to create an atmosphere that is mutually fulfilling.” Allowing the team to be their own people behind the counter, she encourages every employee to expand within the café according to his or her talents or desires, bringing out the best in each person.
With the blossoming popularity of the multiple locations of the High Point Café, Meg Hagele expanded to wholesale, looking for a new, even greater challenge. Finding a large space in Germantown Avenue to house the kitchen, High Point Wholesale began supplying restaurants from across Northwest Philly with the café’s signature products that are increasingly demanded by the residents in of Philly.
Meg Hagele loves working with TEALEAVES teas to discover new flavor combinations. Some of the favorites at High Point Café are:
Earl Grey Tea Cookies – these amazing shortbreads highlight the aromatics of the bergamot against the rich butteriness of the shortbread with a clean black tea finish that makes it hard to resist a second.
Jasmine Green Tea Honeysuckle Cake – a little jasmine goes a long way in this remarkable bundt style cake. Macha gives the cake a good green tea hit and wonderful color, and the Jasmine is a lovely surprise as the sweetness fades in your mouth. Moist inside with a delightfully satisfying chewy crust.
La-Teas – Our La-Teas are steeped teas with perfectly steamed milk. Often we incorporate honey or one of our housemade syrups to provide a touch of sweetness. Some wonderful combinations are:
Organic Peppermint Leaves and Madagascar Vanilla Syrup
Imperial Earl Grey and Lavender Syrup
Pear Tree Green Tea and Ginger Syrup