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March 30, 2010

Gong Fu – Preparing Tea with “Great Skill”

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 11:22 am

gong fuMany rituals have been created around the preparation and serving of tea. These rituals vary by culture and type of tea.  Some of the most famous ceremonies are the Chinese “Gong Fu” style preparation of Oolong teas and that of Matcha which is used in the Japanese tea ceremony.

 Gong Fu Style Tea

In China, Oolong teas are traditionally served Gong Fu style using small clay pots (Yixing) and preparing multiple steepings of the tea leaves. Translated, Gong Fu means “with great skill” and it focuses on quality of product and result. There are several steps to this ceremony, each meticulously carried out.

The steps consist of warming the tea pot before steeping the leaves, rinsing the tea leaves before the first steeping and pouring the tea in a small cup to enjoy first the aroma before serving it in the actual tea cup. Since oolong teas can be steeped mulitple times, this process is repeated with each steeping.

Matcha tea preparationMatcha

Matcha is produced by grinding the tea leaf into a fine powder which is then whisked skillfully into hot water to create a rich and vegetal –tasting cup of tea.  The caffeine  content in this type of tea tends to be higher since the whole tea leaves are consumed. Traditionally, this tea is made from Sencha or Gyokuro and is used in the famous Japanese tea ceremony “Chanoyu”.

Begining April 1st, we are offering our customers an authentic experience of Oolong and Matcha tea  which includes:

-         Oolong tea prepared on bamboo tray in Yixing clay pots

                                                                                                      -          3 steepings of the leaves

                                                                                                                 $ 7.99

                                                                                                      -         Matcha prepared at the table in traditional Matcha bowl

                                                                                                      -             Includes  Japanese sweets

                                                                                                                    $5.99

March 26, 2010

“Milk in Tea …Leave it be”

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 6:29 pm

cup of teaA study published in the January 2010 issue of the journal Nutrition Research suggests that adding milk to black tea may reduce the effectiveness of its antioxidants.

Researchers in the U.K.’s School of Life Sciences at Oxford Brookes University led the study. Their work on previous studies indicated that the polyphenols in black tea have the potential to improve human health in a variety of ways.  Since the British frequently  consume black tea with milk, the researchers wondered whether the addition of milk lowered the capacity of the black tea’s polyphenols.

They started out by analyzing the tea itself, then they took five different brands of black tea which according to their abstract were a “a significant source of antioxidants”. To each tea, varying  amounts of whole, low-fat and skim milk were added. The researchers then measured the antioxidant level of the tea and milk mixture.

In every brand of tea tested, the addition of milk decreased the teas total antioxidant content. Interestingly, the addition of skim milk, however, lowered the antioxident content considerably more than the other two types of milk.

It was concluded that black tea is a valuable source of antioxidants and that the reduction of antioxidants through the addition of milk may be related to the fat content in the milk.

The moral of the story seems to be that if you want to reap the full health benefits of black tea, you better skip the milk and enjoy it  straight up!

 

source: worldteanews

March 22, 2010

Souvia Saturday Forum: “DWD – Driving While Distracted”

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 11:51 am

teen-driver-safetyDistracted driving has become  a national epidemic. People texting while driving, talking on the phone, working on a computer, eating, drinking….and so on.  Drivers these days seem to be focused on everything EXCEPT driving! The result: collision rates are soaring throughout the country and innocent lives are lost due to inattentiveness.

What are the REAL statistics and what are the consequences of not paying attention when you are behind the wheel?

 Representatives of Driving MBA, a premier driver tutoring facility in Scottsdale that offers comprehensive programs for teen and experienced drivers, will be at Souvia on Saturday March 27th, from 10AM-noon and present important and valuable information on

  • Distracted Driving
  • Teenage Driving  (skills, behavior, etc.)
  • Red Light Running
  • Driving While Under the Influence

Charlie Sobczak, owner of Driving MBA driving school is an avid safety advocate and  President of the” Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance”, will answer any questions and address any concerns you may have about distracted driving.

Souvia Saturday Forums are meant to connect experts with the community in addressing current topics of interst and are FREE!

March 17, 2010

Traditional Asian Tea Services now available

Filed under: Tea Culture — wbwingert @ 1:05 pm
Gongfu is the Chinese syle of ritual tea preparation

Gongfu is the Chinese syle of ritual tea preparation

Many rituals have been created around the preparation and serving of tea. These rituals vary by culture and type of tea.  Some of the most famous ceremonies are the Chinese “Gong Fu” style preparation of Oolong teas and that of Matcha which is used in the Japanese tea ceremony.

 

Gong Fu Style Tea

In China, Oolong teas are traditionally served Gong Fu style using small clay pots (Yixing) and preparing multiple steepings of the tea leaves. Translated, Gong Fu means “with great skill” and it focuses on quality of product and result.

Matcha

Matcha is produced by grinding the tea leaf into a fine powder which is then whisked skillfully into hot water to create a rich and vegetal –tasting cup of tea.  The caffeine  content in this type of tea tends to be higher since the whole tea leaves are consumed. Traditionally, this tea is made from Sencha or Gyokuro and is used in the famous Japanese tea ceremony “Chanoyu”.

At Souvia ,we now offer our customers an authentic experience of Oolong and Matcha tea  which includes:

-          Oolong tea prepared on bamboo tray in Yixing clay pots

-          3 steepings of the leaves

 

 

-           Matcha prepared at the table in traditional Matcha bowl

-          Includes  Japanese sweets

If you’d like to enjoy tea served in a way it has been for centuries, just ask us and we’ll show you how it’s done!

March 3, 2010

Update on Souvia Saturday forums

Filed under: Tea and Health,Tea Culture — wbwingert @ 7:17 am

The Souvia Saturday Forums allow our local to community to interact with a variety of local experts on a variety of topics.  The informal sessions last from 10am until Noon – No rsvp necessary just stop by!

Here are the next three

March 6th – LeAnn Hull – Candidate for US Congress District 3

 

LeAnn Hull is running for US COngress, District 3

LeAnn Hull is running for US COngress, District 3

LeAnn Hull is a local business owner who has entered the race for US Congress – She Will be at the store to discuss issues affecting all of us and her views of potential solutions.

Read more about her at www.leannhullforcongress.com

 

 

 

 

 

March 13th – “Best Laid Plans”

Do you have a living will, POA and an estate plan? 

 Marsha Goodman, Attorney PLLC

 March 27th – DWD – Driving While Distracted

LOGO_DrivingMBACharlie Sobczak of Driving MBA will be here to discuss the dangers of distracted driving including texting and cell phone use.  He’ll have a simulator to  show how distracted driving will impair your ability to avoid accidents.

Charles has a diverse background ranging from a traffic agent responsible for weight and balance of aircraft to hazardous material coordinator, customer service supervisor as well as sales. From 1993 to 2003 Charles was in charge of certification and on-going training of sales personnel in automotive retail.