Pu-erh & Dark Tea Sampling Session, 1-4pm Sunday 12/3/17

Puer, or pu-erh, dark tea made exclusively in the Chinese province of Yunnan, has been made for centuries and recently popularized in America and the world through media like tea blogs, food articles, and even fictional books like Lisa See’s, “Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.”

Attend our tasting for the opportunity to:shou2

  • taste higher quality pu-erh than normally found in the US market
  • learn about processing of this tea and its unique qualities
  • purchase some of these for yourself

As “Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” brings China and puer to a wider audience,we will sample a few teas from the location the book is centered on, Nánnuò Mountain.

Not like your Earl Grey or breakfast blends, or even wulongs (aka oolongs), pu-erh is indeed a tea of its own.

Taste, ask, and learn, as we show you how easy it can be to enjoy quality tea.notThatFunny

Sampling and discussion of pu-erh and other dark teas led by Eric Glass. [Actual tasting session from 1-3pm, with time for shopping after]

Never a coffee-drinker, Eric became interested in tea after a trip to England introduced him to English Breakfast and, thereby, launched a continuing study of tea already ten years strong today.  Aged and dark teas, such as heicha and puer, are among the tea types he enjoys most. He has spent a great deal of time in self-study and reaching out to the larger tea community, as well as traveling to places of origin to experience tea making first-hand.

Reserve your seat here, or call shop 314 647 8832

Small Business Saturday & Holiday Shopping

New! Regular shop hours every Monday 10am-5pm for your shopping & tea-to-go convenience.

We will have other extended days & hours in December – Check our Calendar/Events page for specifics

In addition to having several holiday teas for sampling and ready to drink (on the go), for special treat(s) for Small Business Saturday we are bringing in Holiday Spiced Scones from Queens Ccinnamon rollsuisine; and for Gluten-free* and Top 8 Allergen* Free treats we will have cinnamon-raisin rolls and mini-cupcakes from Range Free (in Columbia), and Autumn Spice mini cupcakes from Prioritized Pastries [many of the treats will be available for purchase already on Monday 11/20/17]

AND we will be making our popular Harry Potter inspired Butter Beers to order (regular, dairy-free and/or caffeine-free).  We look forward to seeing you!

*While we are talking about allergens, did you know that most of our flavored teas are gluten and soy-lecithin free? Our pumpkin ginger spice blend has zero flavorings – only roasted pumpkin and spices. TEA SAFELY!

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Teas for the Holidays

Seasonal Holiday Teas are back in stock, including:

Aztec Spice, Butterscotch White, Cranberry Spice, Dark Chocolate Mint, Maple Honeybush, Pumpkin Ginger Spice, Turmeric Truffle (New! tastes like the chocolate oranges popular at Christmas time), Vanilla Berry Truffle

New teas (brought in over past 6 months):

Blacks: Heritage Chai (authentic Indian chai), Singbulli Estate 1st Flush Darjeeling, YanPumpkinTea002ki 2nd Flush Darjeeling;
Greens: Apple Mint Green, Bi Luo Chun, Heritage Firewood Green, Purple Jasmine;
Botanicals: Cinnamon Apricot Yaupon (not really new, but too long out of stock);
Herbals/Decafs: Buoyant Spa Blend (stress relief), Decaf Berry Black, Mango n Friends, Mariposa Garden, Molly’s Berries & Twigs (benefit blend), Rooibos Chai, Rooibos Provence

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Holidays – Events & Hours

We will be open on Friday and Saturday for SMALL BUSINESS Shopping – till 6pm on Saturday (when we normally close at 5). Other special shopping hours in December….check our Calendar page

Friday 12/1 is Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk, from 6-9pm  We will be giving away recipes for Holiday Tonics and Tisanes with every purchase over $10 made that night

Sunday 12/3 – 1-4pm – Sit-down sampling session of puehr and dark or aged teas with Eric Glass. $8/person, reservations required. Email will be going out soon with details, or call the shop.

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Butter Beer back for Halloween

“Butter Beer” is back for Halloween month, available on select days: Sat 10/14 and 10/28, and on Tuesdays when Kateri is in the shop….and Halloween is a Tuesday This year, Yay!

Hot or iced Butter Beers all made to order, and a dairy-free option is available as well.  This is our own original recipe, and it contains tea, of course (thus does have caffeine). We have now figured out a caffeine-free version too.

"Butter Beer"

“Butter Beer”

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Darjeeling – end of an era…..UPDATE

We hear some of the Darjeeling gardens have workers returning as negotiations continue. Elyse/Tealet will be traveling to Nepal in November and we will get the Real story from her.  There was no 2nd Flush, and there will be no Autumn Flush harvests for this year.  So, stocks will be lean for the next year.  We still have some Makaibari teas, and we purchased several pounds of the Yanki 2nd Flush, that was popular during our Darjeeling sampling a few months ago.  We also just got in some of the 1st Flush from Singbulli Estate (favored among the 5 or 6 we sampled)

 July 20, 2017 – from Tealet

Over 110 Years – The People Behind Darjeeling Tea Take Their Identity Back with Demand for Gorkhaland

When we started to do work in Darjeeling we had no idea the deep level of politics and corrupt business that was involved in the highly regarded tea. After first learning that we could not find transparency at the estates we became inactive in the region until we connected with a small tea grower cooperative that showed us they could make beautiful tea. This coop is now the future of Darjeeling Tea from Gorkhaland, Yanki Tea.

Young tea buds harvested by Gorkha ladies, members of Yanki Tea

The family and community at Yanki Tea are locals of Darjeeling, or Gorkha. They are the first tea factory to be started by Gorkhas and licensed by the Tea Board of India. They are making orthodox and handmade teas that are spectacular and ready for the market.

Unfortunately, today, they are not making tea. No tea is being made in Darjeeling due to a strike that has been initiated by the general public of the area in solidarity to demand an independent state of India, Gorkhaland. The local people site that the West Bengal government has not properly represented them, has treated them as second class citizens, and has even gone so far as to steal their identity by making Bengali language compulsory. The Gorkha people speak Nepali language.

The local people have stopped working and are protesting peacefully daily. The state has entered security forces to protect the area and has cut off internet connection for the locals. Several innocent civilians have been killed by the hands of government security forces. Please keep our tea making friends in Darjeeling in your hearts during this sad time.

You can read more detail in these two great articles published this week:

Tea Biz “Darjeeling Silence is Deafening” by Dan Bolten
World of Tea “Darjeeling Rise of Gorkhaland” by Jordan Hardin

July 2nd Open House 11am-2pm

hawaiian tea_leaves_black edited 1_600x600_a8b73d210e8933954412a0c84900fad7– Sharing Hawaiian Tea, Nepalese Tea, and More

Kateri will be hanging out at the shop, and sharing the only U.S. grown tea she could get samples of, in celebration of the birthday of our (somewhat) United States.

Lots of other tea sampling throughout the day, maybe some snacks.

Stop by and say “Hi” on your way to or from your weekend festivities!

Earth Day 2017

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Saturday, April 22 -Sunday, April 23, 2017
11 am – 5 pm
Muny Grounds, Forest Park

Come see us in the Farmers’ Market area, for hot and cold tea, looseleaf tea to take home, and hot Kuva coffee

Note: Mallory & Galen will be serving freshly brewed hot and cold tea at Tower Grove Farmers’ Market on Saturday, NO LOOSELEAF, unless you call the shop by 1pm Friday to request something specific.

and, the last few Range Free cinnamon rolls are available at the shop, until all gone!cinnamon-raisin rolls

 

Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo Sunday 4/2 10am-4pm

Come see us this Sunday at the Annual Spring Expo…….

Dear Friends of The Healthy Planet,

We would like to invite you and your friends, family, clients, customers, etc. to our 33rd Natural Living Expo, Sunday, April 2 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 East Glendale Road in Webster Groves, 63119. More than 70 vendors will be on hand offering goods and services that will help you live a healthier, happier and more sustainable life. Live music, plenty of food, wine and craft beer samples will be available as well as free health screenings and chair massages. There will be a drawing for a $600 getaway to Trout Lodge YMCA of the Ozarks as well as Amtrak train tickets. Hundreds of visitors will receive free Chipotle food cards and the first 500 visitors will receive free reusable tote bags.

You can print these tickets OR, just pull it up on your phone to show at check-in!!
HP Expo Tickets

Update 3/11/17

I apologize for not getting an email out to notify you that we will NOT be at the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market today.

Shop IS open regular hours (9am-5pm)

Come in and see our New Floor! IMG_20170223_122039

We are SOOO pleased with it, and the work of Brian at Champion Floor Company who did a great job with our rough and uneven concrete floor. The shop looks so much more like I’d always envisioned…..and could not have afforded without the continuous support of YOU, my regular customers and you sharing the word of mouth about our tiny shop.

Also got another tea rack, so we can (hopefully) make your shopping experience less overwhelming by spreading things out a little more.

In the tea flavors department:

Spring flavors: Cherry Sencha and Cherry Berry Tisane are back; Persian Plum Rose in stock through May-ish. Flavored matchas are back as well (Vanilla, Raspberry, and Blueberry) – save $ – make your own instead of paying Starbucks!   …. [I will be featuring a full range of matcha and other green teas at my class at Missouri Botanical Garden on Saturday morning 3/25 9-10:30am]

We’ve been out of Traveler’s Turmeric blend over the past week (waiting on our ginger shipment, hopefully this week). Also expecting delivery of chufa sedge (aka Tiger Nuts) so I can make new batch of Gwy-u Latte.

Look for new items offered at Tower Grove Market this summer too!

We are Grateful for your continued support!

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