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

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

 

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!

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:

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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!

St. Louis Scottish Games 9/23-9/24, 2016

Here Again – One of our favorite tea sharing events each year.

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Shakespeare in the Streets – Maplewood

We are excited to be in Maplewood, with this event just down the block from our shop!  It is such a novel and fun idea – and we look forward to learning more about our community via the tale they have created.  Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

shakespeareWe will be open extra hours for all the thirsty theater attendees – and you can take advantage of the extra hours as well.

Friday and Saturday evening the shop will be open till 8pm,

AND we will be open 4pm –  8pm on Sunday 9/18 (as well as serving/sampling teas at a booth right in the thick of things)

Come share in the fun.

Where we will be 9/3/16

While Mallory & Galen will be serving tea at Tower Grove Farmers’ Market this morning, Kateri we be down by the riverfront,  Sharing Good Healthy Teas with the gang from Yoga Buzz and Co.  It is a free event with lots of styles of yoga and other Well-Being resources. We hope you have some time to check it out.

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St. Louis World’s Fare & Heritage Festival

Returning this year, in the World’s Fair Pavilion of Forest Park!

New this year, is a Farmers’ Market area – which is where we will be this Sunday, 8/21/16 10am-5pm, Sharing Good Tea from across the globe.

Click here for more details about the event & a map

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EXTRA! EXTRA! – Butter Beer at Traveling Tea

SHOP TO BE OPEN LATE this Saturday…
Till 11pm SATURDAY 7/30

4pm-11pm, Serving:
Butter Beer & Dragon Milk
[special Harry Potter beverages]
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Get a drink, then head over to
The Book House, for the launch of this new book at Midnight.

Matcha, Matcha, Matcha…

Side by side

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Our July 4th Matcha tasting was a huge hit, and it was overwhelmingly agreed that our new matchas from Hattori Farms, via Tealet are well worth the extra price.

“I finally found a matcha I like”

and, others said “I’ve never tried matcha because I didn’t realize how easy it is.”

As well as selling Hattori matchas in affordable quantities, we will continue to carry our current organic, premium grade matcha – great for lattes and cooking (though higher quality than common cooking grade).  We served this one at Maplewood’s “Let Them Eat Art” festival on 7/8, and it was a great opportunity to turn more tea drinkers on to the flavor and health benefits of this green wonder [the First Green Drink].

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This photo image by Mallory Stammer

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