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April 24, 2007

New Arrival – Midsummers Nights Dream

Filed under: herbals and fruit blends,Phoenix,Tea Enjoyment,Tea in Arizona — Administrator @ 8:35 am

Midsummer Nights DreamJust Arrived: A tasty medley of citrus fruits combined with lemon grass and eucalyptus leaves for a zesty and refreshing summer drink.? We have been serving it over ice and it is perfect that way.? ? Ingredients: apple and carrot pieces, blackberry and eucalyptus leaves, beetroot pieces, hibiscus, lemongrass, all natural flavoring, freeze-dried tangerine-orange pieces, orange slices

April 18, 2007

White Tea and Health

Filed under: Tea and Health,Tea Enjoyment — Administrator @ 7:11 am

white silver needle 2.jpgWe get a lot of questions about white teas. White teas are simply processed after picking.? They are basically air-dried and withered.? In the cup, White teas are light in color and mild in taste.

JIMG_0560.jpg.? So, what about health benefits?? Many people belive that due to the limited processing that many good things come from drinking White Teas.? ? There have been some studies but not as many as other teas.? There hase also be some recent press? highlighting studies involving White Tea.

For the more technically minded you may read a study comparing White Tea to Green Tea at the NIH.

Several things pop out when reading these studies.?
  • The teas need to be fresh and of good quality
  • The subjects must drink tea regularly to acheive any benefit
  • It will likely take more studies for the USA medical community to make broad, sweeping claims about tea

We’ll keep our eye out for interesting references and post them here.? Meanwhile, helath benefits aside, we hope you’ll continue to enjoy teas for their taste and rituals that help us all slow down abit each day.

April 16, 2007

They’re Baaaaack

Filed under: Black Tea,Tea Enjoyment — Administrator @ 12:11 pm

baby rose buds.jpgBaby Rose Buds are back in the stores.? ? These delicate buds are great on there own of can be blended with other teas to scent them.?

Bret

April 12, 2007

Ask Souvia: Tea stains in Mugs

Filed under: Tea preparation — Administrator @ 1:37 pm

We get this question a alot and many people have their favorite solutions.? These range from “Clean my mug?” to elaborate chemical concoctions.? I found an interest site that has lots of tips in general and specifically a nice selection on the tea stain problem.

It’s here: http://tipnut.com/how-to-remove-coffee-tea-stains-from-mugs/trackback/

April 11, 2007

In with the New (Part 1)

Filed under: Green Tea,Tea preparation — Administrator @ 8:58 am

The Spring teas are arriving weekly now…? These just in

? Sencha MangoSencha Mango

It’s BACK!!! The Fresh and juicy ripe mangos – a taste experience of the special kind. If you love their taste and scent,? you will love this tea. The enchanting smell of this exotic composition already unfolds when opening the bag. A real experience! The mellow Sencha decorated with bright sunflower blossoms, harmonises perfectly with the fruity mango flavor.

pineapple fruit blend.jpgPineapple Fruit Blend

This blend of fruits is smooth and mild.? It has a sweet taste due to the lack of hibiscus flowers.? Brew some up and ice it down!

April 10, 2007

The Art of Cupping Tea

Filed under: Newsletter,Tea Classes,Tea Culture — Administrator @ 8:09 am

Cuping TeaJust like wine connoisseurs, tea aficionados appreciate the differences in flavor and quality which vary from season to season and from region to region.? Other tea-drinkers prefer the consistency of a blend, such as and English Breakfast or Ceylon Blend. However we like our tea, the quality has to be evaluated. This is done by professional tea tasters in a very structured way by examining the dry and infused leaf, the color and aroma of the liquor and finally the taste of the infusion.

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To prepare the teas, the dry leaves are laid in containers in rows on the tasting bench. The taster weighs a specific amount of each tea and places it in a special small brewing vessel. Sometimes this is a lidded mug (Gaiwan) or a small porcelain teapot. The brewing vessels are always white so that the color of the infusion is easier to assess. Boiling water for black teas, and slightly cooler water for green and white teas, ? is poured over the leaves which are than allowed to steep for 3-6 minutes depending on the varietal. After the steeping, the infusion is poured into tasting bowls and the infused leave is collected on the lid of the brewing mug.? Like a wine taster, the tea taster slurps the tea into his mouth which is quite a noisy affair, but necessary because the tea needs to hit all taste buds to unfold its character.

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Tea tasters taste hundreds of samples of different teas from different estates regions and seasons every day. In fact, it takes a long time to become a professional in this art. At least five years of training are needed before becoming a tea master, however even after many decades of tasting, these tea masters will tell you that they are still learning.

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While we don’t offer tea master training, if you are interested in learning about the many nuances in aroma and flavor of orthodox teas, sign up for one of our tea classes and learn the art of cupping tea.

April 9, 2007

Spring I-pots colors

Filed under: Tea preparation — Administrator @ 10:16 am

Ballet Pink I-pot TeapotJust a quick note that we’ll have the spring 170z. I-pot colors in stock soon.? Choose from: papaya, stem green, scarlet, white, green tea, black and periwinkle.? ? These will be in the stores or by special order via the website.

April 7, 2007

AZ Tea Society

Filed under: Tea Culture,Tea in Arizona — Administrator @ 10:02 am

This is a local group that meets regularly at vsrious tea (and coffee) locations.? You can follow them On LiveJournal and their meetings are kept on Meetup.com as well.

? Kerstin met with them last? today and it seems like a great group.

April 5, 2007

Green Tea and Hype

Filed under: Green Tea — Administrator @ 4:47 pm

While Green Teas reported health benefits keep it in the news, there is a lot of hype out there.? We always advocate that our customer do their own homework and consult with their trusted health advisors on their specific situation.? Recent reports have green tea helping with HIV, Cancer, to wrinkles.? Salon.com just lampooned all the hype in an article laced with sarcasm.

? So what are we to make of all this?

Like any product hyped for health (even broccoli falls into this category) benefits only accrue if:

  • High quality products are consumed
  • The products are consumed regularly for an extended period of time – we’re talking 4-6 cups per day for years
  • The products are part of an overall heathly lifestyle habit

? Our philosophy is to find teas we like and drink them regularly.? While, there are many signs of tea’s healhful properties, I like the for their taste and? rituals the slow us down a bit.? Now where did I put my green tea cheeseburger 😉

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Tea and Food Pairings Menu

Filed under: Tea Classes — Administrator @ 10:06 am

The 2nd Tea and Food Pairings class is set for April 30th.? We’ll team up with Bruce Brown Catering again for some delicious food to go with our teas.

? Jerk Chicken

? Menu
Gunpowder
Organic mixed greens Tossed with a light vinaigrette

Yunnan Gold
Jamaican Jerked Chicken Flavorful, spicy chicken, served on a bamboo skewer

Lapsang Souchong
Smoked Salmon Served with crème frais, and water crackers

Ti Kuan Yin

Chef’s choice of a banana-strawberry dessert


This class is limited to 10 participants and filled last time.

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