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September 23, 2009

Souvia Tea Phoenix Makeover Phase I

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Administrator @ 7:45 am

IMG_0888We completed Phase I of our makeover in Phoenix.? We changed the color schemes, moved signage and added more shelves for tea!

The after picture is to the right.? Still some tweaks to complete this change.? We welcoem your comments and suggestions.

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Here’s what it looked like before:
Before - Souvia Tea Phoenix
Before – Souvia Tea Phoenix

September 18, 2009

Question of the month

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Administrator @ 12:20 pm

A European study indicated that adding something to black tea might reduce its benefits to the cardiovascular system.? What did it refer to?

? The answer: Milk

? While the small German study did indicate that adding milk to black tea might reduce its benefit ro the cardiovascular system it did not indicate any reduction in other health benefits.? Bottom line: If you like milk in your black tea, don’t worry about it, there are plenty of other reason to enjoy tea.

September 16, 2009

Souvia Tea August Newsletter – Immunity Boosting

Filed under: herbals and fruit blends,Newsletter,Phoenix,Tea and Health — Administrator @ 10:27 am


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Early or Late

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Immunity

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All about Tea

Featured Items

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Banana Split

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Smooth black tea with

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As yummy as the

dessert without the guilt

– Great Iced!

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Souvia on TV

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Check out our most

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August 11th on

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and see us August

12th? 9-10am on

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? Jiaogulan

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Jiaogulan is best known

as an herbal medicine

reputed to have

powerful? antioxidant

and adaptogenic

effects that increase

longevity.? It has a

pleasant Oolong like

taste and color.

Early or Late…

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As many? children head back to school the summer? spontaneity is exchanged for? more structured routines. Traffic? flow changes, stores are less crowded during the day, and other schedule patterns change.? Based on customer feedback, Souvia is making some schedule changes too:

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Monday, August 17th? our Phoenix location will open at 7am – Monday through Friday

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Our Scottsdale location will stay open until 7pm, Monday through Friday.

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? Hopefully this will allow those needing an early cuppa or those who work later and a chance to visit.

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With all the news about flu and illnesses transmitted in schools, we have invited Dr. James Moore, NMD,? back? to speak? about herbals that help boost and strengthen one’s immunity – naturally.? ? He is a popular speaker so be sure to register your seat early for the August 31st session.?

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Watch for new teas as we move into Fall.

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Tea Word of the month:? ? FTGFOP [eff-tee-jee-eff-oh-pee]? –adjective? 😕 ? ? Literally, Fine Tippy Golden, Flowery Orange Pekoe – A grading term based solely on how the tea leaves look, used primarily in India, Kenya, and Sri Lanka

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Kerstin’s Herbal Corner – Staying Healthy

Elderberries are a natural immunity booster?

Staying healthy at home as kids head back to school.

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While in Germany, we heard about the “Schweinegrippe” (swine flu) as it is daily? headline news.? Many German kids are in school until late July and the flu bug showed no mercy this summer in the US either, affecting camps across the country and sending many kids home sick with the flu.? ? While some of the stories are a bit hyped and overblown, no one likes to get sick.

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Now that children are back in school and socializing with others, what’s the most natural way to protect you and your family?? ? Below are? five suggestions of what to do when your son or daughter brings home more than just homework!

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  1. Start by incorporating more black tea in your diet -? Black tea has been shown to have anti-viral properties and? it is also an immunity booster.
  2. Consider herbal infusions: Elderberry, astragulus, lapacho, in addition to Cold Chaser are all great additions to tea to keep you healthy.? ? Elderberry can also be made into a syrup to help at the first sign of symptoms.?
  3. Besides drinking herbal remedies, reduce stress to help ward off a bug.? ? Sitting down to enjoy a cup of tea is a great way to slow down for a moment.? Choose what works for you be it exercise, yoga, or whatever.
  4. Consider infusions rich in vitamin C.? Hibiscus and fruit blends fall under this category.
  5. Arm yourself with information.? Learn more about natural herbal medicine, or consult a Naturopathic doctor and learn how the body can heal itself.? ? ? Take a class

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While natural remedies can shorten the course of an illness, it is best to take steps before symptoms appear.

It’s All about the Tea

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We were invited in July to visit one of our suppliers in Germany.? As you know, we like the Germans due to the excellent flavorings and vigilance over things that do not belong in Tea,? ? We spent several hours tasting over 60 teas both flavored and Orthodox.?

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Tasting this many teas requires that one does not actually swallow them but it is a great exercise and helps determine the relative tastes and quality of teas.? We tasted teas and herbals covering the price, flavor, and quality spectrums.

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The result?? You’ll be seeing some new teas in the fall some not currently available from any other source in the USA.? ?

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We continue to explore new ways of staying in touch.? ? Dozens of you? are following ua on Twitter – we are posting the teas of the days, interesting news items on tea and other items? that may be of interest.? ? We have recently also started a Facebook page.

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? Our goal is always to educate and enlighten our customers about tea and herbals.? We hope the web based technologies enhance that.

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Other news about our teas

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  • Larger Tins – up to 250 grams of tea – keep it fresher, longer.
  • One Pound Size – an excellent value for teas you love
  • Key Lime Pie – back for a limited time and only while supplies last

That’s it for now…

Thanks for reading this month.? We hope you will stop by for a morning brew in? our Phoenix location or shop until 7pm in Scottsdale.? ? Question of the Month:? A European study indicated that adding something to black tea might reduce its benefits to the cardiovascular system.? What did it refer to?? I will draw a name from the respondents to get 50 grams of the black tea of your choice.? Send you answers to info@souviatea.com

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We hope to see you in the stores but if not, remember we ship everyday!

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Souvia Tea Newsleteer September 2009 – Jiaogulan

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It’s Fall?

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Jiaogulan

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Crystal Ball

Featured Items

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Caramel Apple

Smooth black tea

with caramel and

green apple note?

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18oz Tea Infuser

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Large tea infuser

makes brewing tea

easy and foolproof

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? Be our Fan!

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? Jiaogulan

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Jiaogulan is best known

as an herbal medicine

reputed to have

powerful? antioxidant

and adaptogenic

effects that increase

longevity.? It has a

pleasant Oolong like

taste and color.

It’s Fall?

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It’s hard to believe it if you live in the Southwest, but yes, it is officially Fall next week.? We are declaring it so, despite the outside temps. At Souvia, this also means that over? the next few months? some of of our Summer Teas are being replaced by winter blends.? Hawaiian Breeze, Tropical Sunset and Lemon Verbena will be replaced

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It has been great to see so many new customers since we are open at 7am in Phoenix.? Not an Early Bird? Not a problem.? We stay open until 7pm in Scottsdale now.

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? Hopefully this will allow those needing an early cuppa or those who work later a chance to visit.

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Look for changes in the Phoenix location’s decor.? The first phase will happen September 20-21, we’ll be closed Monday the 21st. but open normal hours on the 22nd (Tuesday)

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And now for something completely different…like tea and Monty Python?? Need a chuckle…? check this clip out

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Tea Word of the Month:? ? Fannings [fan-engs]? –noun? 😕 ? ? Tiny bits of tea dust left over after the full leaves are sorted. Typically used in tea bags or ready to drink products.

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“Herb of Immortality” – Jiaogulan

? Many herbs that we consider to be longevity tonics have their origins in China or India. In both countries, herbal medicine has a long and rich history
that dates back thousands of years. In China, holistic healing is described and practiced as “Traditional Chinese Medicine” (TCM). In India it is called Ayurveda, meaning “science of life.” Both practices place equal emphasis on body, mind, and spirit, striving to restore innate balance and harmony.

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The most valued herbs used in these traditional healing systems are those that restore energy and promote overall well-being. Such herbs were used on a regular basis to build and maintain vibrant health. Today, we call these herbs “adaptogens,” because they help the human body adapt to physical, environmental and emotional stress, while supporting normal metabolic function and restoring balance. Adaptogens help strengthen the immune system and have antioxidant properties, along with many other health benefits.

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In China, Jiaogulan is praised for its adaptogenic properties and is even called “the herb of immortality.” People in the mountainous regions of Southern China take it as a tea before work to increase endurance and strength and at night to alleviate fatigue. Jiaogulan, like all adaptogenic herbs, can energize or calm the system depending on need, while also regulating hormonal function in men and women.

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Modern research seems to support what the ancient healers knew intuitively and specific studies show that Jiaogulan:

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  • assists in the regulation of serum cholesterol
  • helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels
  • strengthens digestion and improves the absorption of nutrients
  • enhances cardiovascular function, increasing strength and endurance
  • supports the immune system
  • has antioxidants that help protect against free radical damage

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Not only does Jiaogulan offer a wealth of health-giving benefits, the leaves also produce a sweet-tasting tea that can easily be savored at any time of the day.

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At Souvia®, you can find out more about this and many other herbs and how you can incorporate them into a healthy lifestyle.

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Also, check our class schedule and look for the upcoming “Creating Herbal Blends” class, in which you will learn to blend herbals into tasty and healthy concoctions.

Fall Crystal Ball

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While we can’t predict the weather, we do know what’s planned for the store.? Here’s a look at some of the new teas to hit our shelves:?

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Maple Morning (October) – Rooibos with a maple note


Caramel Apple (September) – Green apple and caramel


Pu-erh Ginger (October) – Great taste and good for the stomach


Kenya Kaporet (October) – Out from Africa and a great black tea


Asian Fusion (October) – Blend of Japanese and Chinese Green Teas


Sage (October) – Not just for cooking!


Lemon Drop (October) – sweet citrus
Ambrosia White (December) – White tea with a fruity finish

While we welcoem the teas above (and more!), we have to goodbye for now to these teas.? If you can’t live without them act quickly!

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  • Lemon Verbena
  • Hawaiian Breeze
  • Tropical Sunset?


We also have? a new “Gold Tin” tea from the Glenburn Estate in India. Freshly picked June 9th, 2009 and imported directly from the estate.? A second flush assam with many golden tips, producing a rich satisfying cup with a nice malty finish that will delight Assam lovers.?

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We have new larger “magic” infuser…

That’s it for now…

Thanks for reading this month.? ? Fall is always fun as the new teas come in.? ? ? We are looking for some more “Tea” shirt ideas like “I’d rather be steeping”.? Got an idea for one?? Send it along to info@souviatea.com. If we use it in a shirt you’ll get one free!

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We hope to see you in the stores but if not, remember we ship everyday, locally and nationwide!

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September 11, 2009

Jiaogulan – “China’s Herb of Immortality”

Filed under: herbals and fruit blends — Administrator @ 9:36 am

JiaogulanMany herbs that we consider to be longevity tonics have their origins in China or India.

In both countries, herbal medicine has a long and rich history that dates back thousands of years. In China, holistic healing is described and practiced as “Traditional Chinese Medicine” (TCM). In India it is called Ayurveda, meaning “science of life.” Both practices place equal emphasis on body, mind, and spirit, striving to restore innate balance and harmony.

? The most valued herbs used in these traditional healing systems are those that restore energy and promote overall well-being. Such herbs were used on a regular basis to build and maintain vibrant health. Today we call these herbs “adaptogens,” because they help the human body adapt to physical, environmental and emotional stress, while supporting normal metabolic function and restoring balance. Adaptogens help strengthen the immune system and have antioxidant properties, along with many other health-benefits.

? In China, Jiaogulan is praised for its adaptogenic properties and is even called “the herb of immortality.” People in the mountainous regions of Southern China take it as a tea before work to increase endurance and strength and at night to alleviate fatigue. Jiaogulan, like all adaptogenic herbs, can energize or calm the system depending on need, while also regulating hormonal function in men and women.

Modern research seems to support what the ancient healers knew intuitively and specific studies show that Jiaogulan:

  • assists in the regulation of serum cholesterol
  • helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels
  • strengthens digestion and improves the absorption of nutrients
  • enhances cardiovascular function, increasing strength and endurance
  • supports the immune system
  • ? has antioxidants that help protect against free radical damage

? Not only does Jiaogulan offer a wealth of health-giving benefits, the leaves also produce a sweet-tasting tea that can easily be savored at any time of the day.

? Also, check our class schedule and look for the upcoming “Creating Herbal Blends” class, in which you will learn to blend herbals into tasty and healthy concoctions.