Thank-FULL

I’ve been so busy getting new product and teas in, making our tea blends, and finding ways to reduce prices and save you money that I didn’t keep up with the social media whirl of the last week.

My heart is FULL of Thanks for All of YOUR new and continued support over the past year. I know weTURKEY cannot be everything to all people, and we SO appreciate Every purchase – from $1 Trial Sizes to $80 stock the pantry.

In addition to extra holiday shopping hours, and lower prices on most of our Farmer Direct teas so you can better afford to gift these fine teas, here are 3 ways to simplify your tea shopping:

  1.  Shipping discounts so you can shop in your jammies, or from across the country! Between now and 12/10 shipping is discounted to flat $3 for all orders up to $75, if you order $76 or more you get FREE shipping ($3 will be refunded upon completion of your order).

2. If you can make it into our shop, did you know that you can bring your own container(s) and we will fill them (Loose in Your Container price).  Another way to Share Good Tea as gifts and SAVE.

TTlogo-lg santa3. Pre-order and select PICKUP in the Order Overview screen before checking out; schedule pickup at your convenience and we will have your order ready – you can zip in and out (less parking hassles).

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Wishing you the Best of Times this holiday season…..

Kateri and the TravTea Team

 

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

12/8/17 update: Pumpkin Ginger Spice, Cranberry Spice, and Turmeric Truffle are almost gone.

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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We have tea inspired recipe handouts available for $1.25, or free with purchases over $10. This handout includes info and suggestions about our popular Tea Syrups.

A new one that we have discovered is making a tea syrup from Mayan Chai, when you mix this syrup with sparkling water it is remarkably similar to Dr Pepper, but you get to control the sweetness level. Butterscotch white makes a lovely cream soda.

Use Mango n Friends and make the simple syrup with honey or brown sugar (simmered on a stove to reduce and make thicker), then use this as an ice cream or dessert syrup. Also lovely with sparkling water.

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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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.

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