We've been busy these past couple months.Read More
Jul 31, 2013 8:57:22 AM
We are sad to report the loss of our beloved mascot.Read More
Jun 25, 2013 7:54:32 AM
Do you drink green tea? Even if you don't, it's likely that you've heard about it and its suggested benefits. Well, just in case you happen to be "on the fence" this amazing beverage, we had to share this recent article we found on Care2.com: 13 Reasons to Drink Green Tea.
And if you DO drink green tea already? Feel even better about it! Enjoy.
Jun 3, 2013 11:26:04 AM
Did you watch Super Soul Sunday yesterday? Oprah Winfrey's guest was none other than Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen Buddhist master and spiritual leader for many around the world. Frequently during his conversation with Ms. Winfrey, he spoke of meditation and, at one particular point he referenced a tea meditation. To quote him,
"In [my] view, every moment can be a source of meditation: walking, eating, even drinking tea.
"We have the practice of tea meditation. So when you pick up your tea, you might like to breathe in, in order to bring your mind back to your body, and become completely, fully present in the here and the now. I don't think of the past anymore. I don't think of the future anymore. I am free from the past, from the future, and there is a real encounter between me and the tea. And peace, happiness, and joy is possible during the time I drink my tea.
"It takes one hour to just enjoy a cup of tea. Brotherhood and sisterhood, and every moment is a moment of happiness."
Wise words, indeed (but it will require much work on my part to make a cup of tea last one hour!).
Thank you Thich Nhat Hanh and Oprah Winfrey for a truly wonderful hour. (To view a transcript of Naht Hanh's interview on Oprah.com, click here.)
May 23, 2013 4:33:38 PM
We've just received the new harvest from Long Jing village - the home of the world famous DragonWell. Harvested March 15, 2013 (pre-qing ming), this is about as fresh as you can get without buying a ticket to China. It's also the best we've seen in some time.
Starting with the freshest and most tender of tea buds, it is then pan-fried to bring out the characteristic flavor. From the alluring aroma to the bright color and velvety finish, this tea will transport you to the lush tea gardens of rural China. It is a truly remarkable tea.
Set aside time today to immerse yourself in all the goodness of this iconic Chinese Spring Tea. No passports required.
Click here to head to our store - and stock up while supplies last.
May 2, 2013 9:32:55 AM
So, what activity do you most associate with tea? One of our favorites (and a favorite for many of our customers, too) is KNITTING.
It turns out many of our customers are knitters and artistes of several fiber arts. We often hear from customers how much they enjoy a cup of Tea Zaanti tea while clicking needles on their latest project. Yeah, it makes us think of Miss Marple, too - one of our favorite fictional characters of all time. Speaking of which, did you ever catch the Marple series with Geraldine McEwan on PBS? Soooo great!
Knitting can be a lot of fun, as well as a great way to relax and unwind (no pun intended, lol). A perfect compliment would be our Relax or Chamomile Lavender - or you might want to spice things up a bit and go with the caffeine-free, so they're perfect any time of day.
Whether you're new to knitting, are just starting, or are even a knitter with wicked-good needle skills, you should check out KnitFreedom by our wonderful friend and customer, Liat Gat.
KnitFreedom.com is home to what we consider the best online knitting videos and tutorials. Filmed in high quality video, Liat's patient and thorough instructions have helped thousands of knitters become knitting superstars. You will, too! Be sure to check it out.
And while we're speaking of fiber arts - none of that would be possible without the best yarns. Check out our favorite LYS (local yarn store), Blazing Needles. Amazing yarns and a super fun atmosphere!
So, whatever your favorite pastime may be, grab your stuff, get cozy with a cup of tea, and have at it! Enjoy!
What do you like to do when you're drinking tea? Leave a comment and let us know.
Oh, and a shout-out to another good friend, Susan. Thanks for the super-awesome tea cozy!! She's a genius knitter - and a lot of fun, as you can tell. You can see what she's up to on her blog.
Apr 23, 2013 12:29:46 PM
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Southwest China. On Saturday, a 6.6 earthquake devastated Ya’an City and surrounding areas in Sichuan Province of southwest China. The region produces 14% of China’s green tea, and the spring harvest was in full swing. Several tea factories collapsed and there are reports of landslides and road closures in many of the region’s tea gardens. Read more
Apr 22, 2013 4:23:55 PM
WOW, have we been busy! We’ve been scouting locations, sampling new teas, and working on a whole new website. And it’s only April - whew!
In our latest tastings, we’ve come up with a blend we know you’re going to LOVE: Berry Berry Tart. The name says it all, and one of our reviewers said it best: “Pucker up!”
Berry Berry Tart is a naturally caffeine-free rooibos blend of thirst-quenching herbs and mouth-watering fruit. What you’ll find in this amazing blend: hibiscus, rosehips, black currant, elderberry, and rooibos. We started with a base of some wonderful rooibos, added hibiscus to give the tea a brisk, bold bite, and then topped it all off with some lesser-known, but extremely flavorful, sweet berries. It all adds up to a beautiful red-hued brew with a surprising punch (btw, we like the sweet-tartness of the blend, but you may prefer to add a little of your favorite sweetener).
Whether you’re in the mood for a nice hot cup or a wonderfully refreshing cup of iced goodness, give Berry Berry Tart a try.
Hot: pour 6 oz. of heated water (208-212) over 1 teaspoon of Berry Berry Tart. Steep for 3-4 minutes. Enjoy.
Cold: You can follow the directions above, let it cool to room temperature, and pour over ice OR you can do as above but use twice the amount of Berry Berry Tart, then pour directly over ice. Either way, prepare yourself for a tasty iced treat.
Oh, and don’t forget – you can re-steep the tea for another (milder) cup. We actually brew it twice, adding one cup to the other.
Experiment to find what you like best…and we’d love to hear what you come up with!
PS: This tea has already become the office favorite, both hot and iced. The iced version is so popular that someone brought in a Mr. Coffee Iced Tea maker! Following the water and ice lines on the maker itself, and using an unbleached coffee filter, we add about ½ cup of Berry Berry Tart to the basket and push the start button. It couldn’t be easier; the waiting is the hardest part! (This “recipe” works best for us - you will probably want to tweak your measurement to get the flavor you want.) REMEMBER: don’t throw away the herbs after that first steeping – they’re good for at least one more pot.
Jan 17, 2013 10:41:08 PM
We wish everyone a very happy and peaceful new year.
With a very busy holiday season now behind us, we've decided to take a much-needed break - so, we're closing the office for a few days and hope to catch up on some good reads and rest. We'll be back on January 26; all orders placed until that time will be held and processed when we return. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we hope you'll understand.
Jan 6, 2013 10:20:19 AM
From the first time I "discovered" Dr. Andrew Weil on PBS several years ago, I have been an admirer. I love his outlook on life and I applaud his approach to healing, which integrates many Eastern beliefs and practices into Western medicine. This guy's been a doctor for decades, and he's made a name for himself - he must know what he's talking about, right? That's why I'm always excited when he "talks tea."
For years, I'be been talking up the benefits of drinking tea - physical, mental, and spiritual - to family and friends, but I'm just me. I'm always glad to see more prominent people promoting the virtues of tea, and that's why I wanted to share this latest post from Dr. Weil:
Excuse me while I head to the kitchen for a nice cup of Sencha. Happy steeping!