Souvia
Order by Phone 602.938.1216

Categories

 

Archives:

 

Meta:

 

January 30, 2010

Souvia Tea on the Radio – Topic? Tea myths

Filed under: Tea and Health,Tea Culture,Tea in Arizona — wbwingert @ 11:05 am

Souvia is going to be on the radio as a guest of Pete Peters and Deborah Brown.

 The show is The Boomer and the Babe Show and it airs every Monday – Friday at 11AM on KXXT, 1010 AM in the Phoenix market.

we will talk about things you think you know about tea – but don’t!  “There are a lot of myths about tea, caffeine, cultures, and more” says Bret Wingert, Co-owner and Founder of Souvia Tea.

 You can also listen or watch the show live or recorded on www.boomerandthebabe.com. The link to the video of the show will be on the home page on the upper right.

 If you would like to join me at the show, they have seating available for about 20 people. The Boomer and The Babe Show is broadcast from the We Are Family Thrift Store at 107th Ave and Peoria in Sun City, Arizona.

We hope you’ll enjoy the show

We will be on the show Tuesday 2-2-10 at 11am MST

January 29, 2010

Fighting flu and colds with Elderberries

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — wbwingert @ 9:19 pm

Elderberries (Sambucus nigra)We are not out of the woods yet! Flu season is still here and I have seen many people at the store sneezing, coughing and complaining about a sore throat.  While unpleasant, colds are typically not a need for concern and with adequate fluid intake, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and a couple of days of rest, you are quickly back on our feet.  Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult to get the rest, or have the time to prepare a good old fashioned chicken soup. Instead,  many of us go about our daily routines with the help of over-0ther-counter cold medication. While these products may provide a reprieve from symptoms, they don’t support the body’s immune system in fighting “bugs” and viruses.

Mother Nature, on the other hand, offers many herbs that can either help prevent a cold/flu virus from settling in your body, or strenghthen immune system and ease congestion, fever, cough and sore throat.

One of my favorite cold-fighting herb is Elderberries (Sambucus nigra). It is well-studied and one of the most popular herbs for cold and flu prevention/treatment in Europe. Elderberries have immune enhancing  and decongestant properties. They are also powerful diaphoretics which means they induce sweating and thereby help reduce fever.  

Elderberries can be taken as a tea, tincture, capsules or syrup. My personal favorite is the syrup which you can easily make yourself.

All you need is 1/2 cup dried elderberries, 3 cups water, 1 cup honey.

Bring the water and the berries to a boil, reduce heat and simmer over low heat for 30-45 minutes. Than smash the berries to get all the good properties out. Strain the mixture and add 1 cup  of honey. If you like it a little thicker or sweeter, you can add more. Fill the syrup in a bottle or glass jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

As a preventative, take 1 teaspoon 2-3  times per day, or take 1 teaspoon every 3-4 hours at the onset of a cold to shorten its duration.

During the winter months, I always have a bottle of Elderberry syrup in my fridge and it has come in handy on several occasions already.

January 27, 2010

Souvia Saturday Forum: January 30th

Filed under: Phoenix,Tea and Health — wbwingert @ 4:23 pm

January 30th – 10:00 am
– Delta Payet
  – Owner of “Delta in Skin”
  “  Have you ever wondered what Microdermiabrasion feels like?”
    -  find out how this treatment works
    – find out how to treat and reverse sun damaged skin

“Also Known as the “Lunch Time Peel” This treatment is for the wrinkles, sun-damage, acne/acne scars, too much oil, too little oil, stretch marks, pore size, the bumps on the back of the arms to unwanted pigmentation and yes, even those ingrowns. How it works: A closed loop system utilizes both highly regulated suction and pressure that moves inert abrasive crystals over the surface of the skin. This action causes no pain while it removes the outer layer of the skin.”

January 25, 2010

“Living without – Gluten that is…..”

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — wbwingert @ 8:19 am

Dr. Weiner explains Gluten Sensitivity

Dr. Weiner explains Gluten Sensitivity

 

On Saturday, January 23rd, we kicked off  the “Souvia Saturday Forums”. a two hour informal session, during which an guest speaker will discuss a topic of interest and answer questions.   We had a great turnout with an inquisitive group.    Thanks to everyone who came out and participated.

Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease was the topic of Saturday’s forum. Dr. Andrea Weiner, NMD, a local naturopathic physician talked about what it means to be gluten sensitive or suffer from celiac disease, how it affects a person’s overall health and what it means to “live without”. 

Celiac disease is characterized by damage to the intestinal wall due to eating gluten and  is one of the most common chronic health disorders in western countries. It is also one of the most under-diagnosed. According to the National Institute of Health, about  1 in 180 Americans suffers from celiac disease and about 1 in 7 from gluten sensitivity.

Dr. Weiner explained the difference between celiac disease, a genetic autoimmune disease, and gluten sensitivity/intolerance where people don’t have the building blocks to digest the gluten. The symptoms are so varied that it makes it difficult to diagnose the disease. They can reach from gastro-intestinal  problems to fatigue, osteoporosis, hypoglycemia and even skin disorders. All of these are a result of the body’s weakened immune system and the lack to absorb nutrients.  Even though there are blood tests that can reveal celiac disase, a biopsy of the colon is more accurate. Alternatively, and also less expensive, you can start an elimination diet to find out if there is any improvement in well being once gluten is removed.

I found out that this is not an easy task – but an essential one for those who do have celiac disease. Gluten is in so many of our daily foods, that label reading is a must. While it maybe easier to identify wheat, barley and reye as gluten containing foods, it is hidden in products you’d never suspect. One of the participants shared that she even had to switch to a special tooth paste and that gluten can be found on dental floss, french fries, and even in certain medications.  

Dr. Weiner not only provided insight into the intricacies of the disease, answered questions of the audience, but also provided helpful tips on what the individual can do to begin the healing process.

The discussion was lively and participants not only liked the topic, but also enjoyed the informal  “round-table” feel of the forum, the expertise of the presenter and of course a pot of Souvia tea (gluten-free!).

 

 

 

 

Dr. Weiner,

January 24, 2010

Great Question: Is Assam FTGFOP1 a full leaf tea?

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — wbwingert @ 3:11 pm

Assam FTGFOP1 is a full leaf tea…  There  are several grades of tea

 

Fannings/Dust (often found in teabags)

BOP – Broken Orange Pekoe (pieces of leaves)

FOP – Fine Orange Pekoe (implies a full leaf)

 

The other letters are add-ons the typically indicate higher quality.  The mean

F – Flowery

T – Tippy

G – Golden

1– Refers to a grade 1 or best quality.

A couple of key points to keep in mind: 

  • This grading system is used primarily in India, Sri Lanka, and Africa.  East Asian Teas use a different system
  • The grading is entirely visual.  There is no tasting necessary to grade a tea.
  • The system is self-regulated.  This means that although more letters suggest higher quality, it may not be so, tasting is the only way to be sure.
  • Not every tea is graded.

So, always get your full leaf teas from a trusted source and remember the proof is in your palate!

January 21, 2010

Souvia Tea Update for January

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — wbwingert @ 12:18 pm


 

Unable to view this newsletter?  
   
 

So long, 2009

 

Tea Trends for 2010

 

Coming Up

See Kerstin on “your

life A to Z” Wednesday,

Jan 20th at 9-10am

 

Featured Teas

 

 

Several New teas arriving

 

 

Lomi Lomi Herbal infusion

is a delight for the senses

 

 

 

 

 

Taiping Monkey King is

a unique and rare green 

tea with a long leaf style

 

 

 

 

 

Sencha Kombucha is a

green tea with kombucha

powder.  Plum like

flavor is simple to make

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fog Tea is a green tea

also known as “Clouds

of Mist” or Wu Lu.  Grown

in misty mountains it makes

a great tea.

 

 

So long, 2009

 

2009 brought lots of changes for everyone and Souvia Tea was no exception.  Thanks to everyone for your support over the last 4 years.  Entering our 5th year, we are looking forward to sharing our love of all things tea, connecting with people from all over, and providing a space for people to gather and slow down a bit.   Confirming the adage – While we closed the doors on on our Scottsdale location, new doors are opening:

 

Some things won’t change: our knowledgeable staff, friendly atmosphere and top quality tea. 

 


Tea Trends for 2010

The holidays are over, the decorations have been stowed away and we are curious what the New Year will bring. While I can’t speak for economic developments over the next twelve months, I have done some research on the tea trends for 2010. Between 2003 and 2008, tea sales in the U.S. have grown 102% and according to industry reports tea will remain “hot” in the year to come.

 

I am not sure if the fact that more people are drinking tea has inspired trend changes in the tea market or whether the tea market and the increasing variety of quality teas has inspired more people to drink tea. One thing is certain, though, with the growth of tea sales, consumer palates have become more sophisticated which has led to an increased interest in specialty and rare high end teas. Many people have stopped comparing tea to coffee and find that it has much more in common with wine equally complex and varied.

  1. One of these very complex teas which has gained in popularity over the past two years and is on the 2010 Tea Trend list is Pu-erh.  Pu-erh is an aged tea from the Yunnan province in China. Its earthy notes may be an acquired taste for some, but many find Pu-erh’s smooth and hearty flavor profile soothing and pleasing. Pu-erh has been in the media recently because of its health benefits. Recent studies are linking those health benefits to reduced cholesterol, improved digestion and aiding weight loss. It is also reported that Pu-erh has about 30% more antioxidants than green tea. Souvia® Tea offers a nice selection of Pu-erh teas and will even introduce some flavored varieties during the next months.
  2. While taste and health benefits are key factors in consumers’ purchasing decisions, the global movement toward sustainability has also had an impact on their purchases.  Less packaging, minimal waste and a responsible footprint are important to many tea drinkers.  It is therefore not surprising that loose leaf tea continues to encroach on the tea bag (no matter how bio-degradable it might be). At Souvia, we care and therefore continuously strive to model and encourage environment-friendly behavior.  We now discount all teas $0.25 when you bring in a tin to have it refilled.
  3. As the tea market has grown, another consumer trend continues to emerge – the desire to learn about tea. With its 5000 year old rich history, there is much to be discovered about its culture and traditions. Aside from the historic aspect of this mystical beverage, interests range from origin, processing methods, to health benefits and caffeine content.  Knowledge and information are at the heart of Souvia’s values and for 2010, we have put together a variety of classes during which we promise to entertain our customers with information.

While trends like these will provide a new twist to this age-old beverage, the secret of its long standing popularity and appreciation lies in its pure and simple nature.

 

 Just like tea, Souvia is going strong and will continue to serve our loyal customers in 2010 with quality teas, answers to their questions and a tea experience that will take you on imaginary journeys one sip at a time.

What’s coming up?

Lots happening over the next few months

  • Souvia Saturday forums start on the 23rd of January at 10am.  These are presentations of general interest to the community.  No registration necessary, just stop in and learn something new.  Got an idea for a topics or speaker?  Send us a note
  • New teas are arriving: Fog Tea, Lomi Lomi, Sencha Kombucha, and Taiping Monkey King will be hitting the shelves in the next 2 weeks
  • The New Class Schedule is posted for the first half of 2010.
  • Tea Tuesdays at the Kerr Cultural Center – Free Music sponsored by Souvia!   January 26th – Nancy Buck and Friends: All Schumann — February 9th Collaborative Piano Studio with Voice Area
  • The Chinese New Year starts in February and it is the “Year of the Tiger” – We’ll celebrate with some special events in the store

Thanks for Reading

this far!  Two ways to win 50g of free tea this month (6 teas to choose from) - send me the name of one of the owners/staff at the Java Spot inside of the Sachi Salon -or- send a topic idea for the Souvia Saturday Forums.

 

We hope to see you in the store or online in 2010.  If you can’t get in remember we ship same day and your tea will arrive quickly!

 

 
   

Member Profile • Privacy • Subscribe • Unsubscribe

January 18, 2010

Souvia Saturdays Community Forum

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — wbwingert @ 1:56 pm

We are inviting speakers to come to Souvia Phoenix on selected Saturdays to  give a brief presentation on topic of community interest and be available for questions and answers.
We welcome your suggestions for topics or speakers.
To get started in January, we decided to offer the following topics:
 
January 23rd
– Dr. Andrea Wiener, ND
  ” Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease”
     – how does it affect overall health
     – Living without – how to manage a diet without gluten
 
 
January 30th
– Delta Payet
  – owner of “Delta in Skin”
  “  Have you ever womdered what Microdermiabrasion feels like?”
    - find out how this treatment works
    – find out how to treat and reverse sun damage
 
Feburary 13th
Greg Peterson
– owner of “Your Guide to Green”
“You can create your own Urban Farm”
  – tips on on how to transform residential landscape
   into edible delight

January 16, 2010

Tea Trends for the New Year

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — wbwingert @ 1:29 pm

The holidays are over, the decorations have been stowed away and we are curious what the New Year will bring. While I can’t speak for economic developments over the next twelve months, I have done some research on the tea trends for 2010. Between 2003 and 2008, tea sales in the U.S. have grown 102% and according to industry reports tea will remain “hot” in the year to come.

I am not sure if the fact that more people are drinking tea has inspired trend changes in the tea market or whether the tea market and the increasing variety of quality teas has inspired more people to drink tea. One thing is certain, though, with the growth of tea sales, consumer palates have become more sophisticated which has led to an increased interest in specialty – and rare high end teas. Many people have stopped comparing tea to coffee and find that it has much more in common with wine – equally complex and varied.

  1. One of these very complex teas which has gained in popularity over the past two years and is on the 2010 Tea Trend list is Pu-erh.  Pu-erh is an aged tea from the Yunnan province in China. Its earthy notes may be an acquired taste for some, but many find Pu-erh’s smooth and hearty flavor profile soothing and pleasing. Pu-erh has been in the media recently because of its health benefits. Recent studies are linking those health benefits to reduced cholesterol, improved digestion and aiding weight loss. It is also reported that Pu-erh has about 30% more antioxidants than green tea. Souvia® offers a nice selection of Pu-erh teas and will even introduce some flavored varieties during the next months.

    Pu-erd tribute_335x240

    Aged Yunnan "tribute" Pu-Erh

  2. While taste and health benefits are key factors in consumers’ purchasing decision, the global movement toward sustainability has also had an impact on their purchases.  Less packaging, minimal waste and a responsible footprint are important to many tea drinkers.  It is therefore not surprising that loose leaf tea continues to encroach on the tea bag (no matter how bio-degradable it might be). At Souvia®, we care and therefore continuously strive to model and encourage environment-friendly behavior.  We now discount all teas $0.25 when you bring in a tin to have it refilled.
  3. As the tea market has grown, another consumer trend continues to emerge – the desire to learn about tea. With its 5000 year old rich history, there is much to be discovered about its culture and traditions. Aside from the historic aspect of this mystical beverage, interests range from origin, processing methods, to health benefits and caffeine content.  Knowledge and information is at the heart of Souvia’s ® values and for 2010, we have put together a variety of classes during which we promise to entertain our customers with information.

While trends like these will provide a new twist to this age-old beverage, the secret of its long standing popularity and appreciation lies in its pure and simple nature.

 Just like tea, Souvia is going strong and will continue to serve our loyal customers in 2010 with quality teas, answers to their questions and a tea experience that will take you on imaginary journeys one sip at a time.

January 4, 2010

January is National Hot Tea Month

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — wbwingert @ 1:46 pm

Happy New Year tea sippers…

Souvia116_320_214January is national hot tea month and a great time to enjoy a cup of tea.  Tea provides warmth, health benefits and simple pleasures.    Tea has enjoyed a 5000 year hsitory and it is great to have a month to celebrate its many attributes.

Tea warms the body and the soul with every sip.  The act of preparing tea lets one slow down and be in the moment.  Teas warmth also take the chill away on a winters day.  Teas with Cinnamon or Ginger are great warming drinks

The Health benefits of tea shine particularly well in January.  L-Theanine found in tea has been shown to boost one’s immunity.  Tea’s antioxidants and flavinoids also contribute to the positive effects on the body.  Tea is even shown to be an effective flu fighter!  Year round black teas help strengthen the cardiovascular system

Tea provides simple pleasures for all the senses.   It has a calming effect on the mind and body while providing a gentle lift.  Its many health benefits help the body take care of itself.

It is amazing that such a great tasting beverage brings all of this to the table.  

Can’t decide where to start? Here are 31 ways to celebrate the month – Grab a cup of tea and check it out!