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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6 Tea shopping Days….

6 remaining tea shopping days till Christmas….extra shopping hours this week:

Sunday 12/18/16 10am-5pm & Thurs 2pm-7pm, PLUS open till 7pm Tues, Wed, Fri; and 9am-4pm on Christmas Eve

Asian teaware, and tea brewing accessories for the tea lover on your list when you don’t know what they like! (Tea lovers on a budget rarely splurge on teaware for themselves – show them you care!)

Also – the Affordable Luxury of really fine, rare teas, like this Taiwanese Black:

“18 Ruby”18-ruby
You may know Alfredo Lin best for his Zhushan Oolong, or his passion for organic farming (and tea songs). Whatever Alfredo does, he does with a lot of heart.

It’s no different with his newest project – crafting Ruby #18, Taiwan’s most famous black tea.

Alfredo has spent the last few years learning from Master Aones, the eccentric teamaster who popularized Ruby #18. He also converted a depleted, conventional tea field into a gorgeous, organic garden, full of healthy Ruby #18 cultivar plants. These tea plants are some of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen.

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Thanks to these happy, healthy plants, Alfredo’s “18 Ruby” is particularly striking and complex, with notes of cherry, sarsaparilla, and menthol. It’s a bit reminiscent of root beer floats and Cherry Coke… give it a try yourself!

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Also some old & new teas from our favorites: PT Harendong (Bhaozhong Green), Hariyali (Moonshine White & Amber Red), Satemwa Estate (Zomba Pearls and Steamed Green)

We sell in small quantities, making prized teas affordable for All…because Everyone Deserves to Enjoy Good Tea!

Another good reason to…..

Enjoy Tisano Cacao tea…..as if you needed one!

http://tisano.com/cocoa-tea-factor-tops-fluoride-at-deterring-decay/

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Tisano’s single origin Chocolate Tea is the first pure chocolate herbal tea made from the fibrous shell around the cacao bean.  This chocoholics dream come true contains the sweet aroma and rich taste of dark chocolate without the fat or calories, plus magnesium, potassium & vitamin D (that the bean does not have).

 

Tea Service 10/2-10/4/15

NOTE: This Saturday at Tower Grove Market, Galen & Mallory will ONLY be SERVING tea (I will return with our regular Market booth on 10/10)

I will be serving tea in the Food Court at the Best of Missouri Market from Friday evening through Sunday evening.  Additionally, I will be serving KUVA coffee AND chai hot chocolate

These are the teas we will be serving at TGFM & Best of MO (all teas available hot or iced):

Breakfast Assam, CTC cut OG/FT

Pinhead Gunpowder Green OG

Citrus Soother OG

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Mallory will be serving and selling Mauhaus No6 at Pets in the City “Dogtober Fest” on Fri 10/2 4-6pm PLUS previewing this year’s Pumpkin Ginger Spice (taking pre-orders) AND Dark Chocolate Mint (she may have some packages of this for sale…otherwise it will not be available until late October or early November.

Sharing Good Tea in Columbia MO

My daughter is opening Range Free – an allergen-free bakeshop and cafe in downtown Columbia MO this Fall, and she will (of course) be serving our tea!

With a varied menu of tasty food, made from scratch with the highest quality ingredients, Range Free will appeal far beyond the “free from” crowd. Range Free will give people with and without allergies an opportunity to share meals together!

Gluten & Grain Free Shirley Temple cupcakes          Grain-free pizza (yeast-free, too!)

Once she is open, we will also be able to regularly bring in allergen free foods for you here in St. Louis, to pick up at our shop or at Markets.  I will be able to share a menu of options soon.  Please let me know what foods you are missing and would like us to share with you.

Chai Ice cream

(by Galen McGreehan)

 INGREDIENTS

2 cups half-and-half
3 large egg yolks
 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon Traveling Tea Chai Spices
*1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (optional)
In a saucepan, over medium-high heat, bring the half-and-half to the scalding point (the milk begins to foam up). Remove from heat.
Meanwhile in a stainless steel bowl beat the egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy (about two minutes).
Gradually pour the scalding half-and-half into the whipped egg yolk mixture, making sure you keep whisking constantly so the eggs don’t curdle. If any lumps do form, strain the mixture first before heating.
Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, cook until the custard thickens enough that it coats the back of a spoon (170 degrees F).
Immediately remove the custard from the heat and continue to stir it for a few minutes so it does not overcook. At this point stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Whisk in chai spices, making sure to break up any lumps that form.
 Cover and let cool to room temperature and then refrigerate the custard until it is completely cold (several hours but preferably overnight).
Transfer the cold custard to the chilled container of your ice cream machine and process according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once made, transfer the ice cream to a chilled container and store in the freezer. If the ice cream becomes too hard place in the refrigerator until softened.
Enjoy!
*NOTE – I like my chai pretty spicy, so I added another 2 teaspoons of chai mix as well  ground black pepper.  Adjust to your taste before cooling.

Which Earl?

or Sencha? or Jasmine?  With multiple offerings for some of our teas you may be puzzling over which one you may like best.  If you would like to try a sampler (1/2 oz of each) please email for pricing.

As a point of reference though….

For the Earls – Earl with White Tips has the strongest floral/bergamot flavor and the Teatulia Earl of Bengal has the lightest hint of floral, with the Organic Earl Grey somewhere in between.

Hawaiian Tea

The closest thing to “local” I have found so far.  What I currently have is the last of what is available from Hawaii until later in the summer.

A lovely black tea grown on the volcano of the Big Island.  It has the properties of an earthy oolong, which means it can be resteeped multiple times and the flavor changes with each steep, taking you deeper and deeper into the essence of the plant itself. 

Another remarkable property of this tea is that it does not get bitter if left in the pot.  I like to brew it in a french press, adding water as I empty it, and enjoying it all afternoon.

This tea would make a lovely special gift for the tea lover in your life.  With the benefit of multiple steepings, the 1/2 oz package can produce at least 24 cups of tea.

Its flavor would go well with meats and savory foods.  Give it a try for your next special gathering.

p.s. – I might get some of the fresh tea leaves later this summer.  I’m told they have a bitter flavor and lend a wonderful accent to salads and cooking.  Do let me know if you would be interested in trying this delicacy.

New & Upcoming Teas

I’ve been listening to your requests and have just gotten a shipment of new tea flavors. 

I’ve found more organics with yummy flavors.  Some of the new teas may be ready for the 3/14 market at St. John’s; and I’ve got more surprises in store for the 3/28 market at Schlafly. 

Attendees of the High Tea at Local Harvest Cafe will have the pleasure of experiencing teas that definitely won’t be available until 3/28, including a preview of one that will be offered iced this summer at the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market.

Looking forward to seeing you at the next market.