We in the St. Louis area have been without a local prognosticator for too long. In the spirit of Punxsutawney Phil and Shubenacadie Sam, we are introducing Maplewood Molly.
Maplewood Molly agrees with her Eastern brothers, predicting an early spring.
To celebrate, and warm you through the remaining weeks of winter, we are offering Buy One/Get One specials in our shop this week only (Tues 10-6, Wed 11-6, Thursday 3-7, Friday 10-5).
Buy a cup of tea, get a 2nd cup of equal or lesser value FREE. Buy 1 or 2 oz of looseleaf tea, get additional 1-2 oz free (equal or lesser value). Limited to stock on hand.
We will be serving Pumpkin Ginger Spice this Saturday at Market….may have a few packages for sale. We launched our first batch at Schlafly Pumpkin Festival on 10/17/15 and sold out. Pre-order now to be sure you get some.
Saturday (Halloween), we will have a limited number of gluten/grain-free (and vegan!) cupcakes from Range Free available for sale at the Tower Grove Market and our shop. Flavors: chocolate, vanilla, and/or her most popular (so far) lemon tiger cupcakes.
Many new Tealet (Farmer Direct Trade teas) will be arriving in our shop soon
Our Next sampling session will be Sunday, 11/8/15 3pm (note the later time), we’ll be tasting and discussing several of our custom herbal blends, some other decafs, and varied health benefits.
The next Tealet sampling will be of green teas, including some from Malawi. Sunday 11/15/15 2pm
Tasting sessions are: $15 at the door, $12 prepaid in advance (click here to prepay) ….includes 20% off any purchase made that day
Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed our tea at the Scottish Games and/or Strange Folk Festivals
Due to our electrical needs we had unfortunate booth location at Strange Folk Festival this past weekend, and being short staffed had to leave early on Sunday as well ….
To accommodate the many of you who regularly buy from us at this event but COULD NOT FIND US (or couldn’t make it) – we are offering FREE SHIPPING for online purchases through 10/10/15.
ADDITIONALLY, if you come in to the shop on Tuesday or Wednesday (9/29 & 9/30 only) and tell Galen you missed us at Strange Folk, he will give you 5% off your purchase.
Now that our shop has been open in Maplewood for 2-1/2 years we’ve noticed sales of looseleaf tea at the Tower Grove Market to have dropped considerably, AND we’ve started a new program of selling looseleaf in bulk at the shop IF You Bring Your Own Container.
So, in an effort to control inventory costs, as we keep adding new teas (more than 100 available flavors and varieties now!), we are cutting back on what we Bring to Market. [Truth be known, I’m getting tired of hauling so many boxes around (after doing this for 7 years) ]
There is a core selection of about 25+/- best sellers that we will ALWAYS have in 1 & 2 ounce packages, plus some seasonal flavors. Additionally, each week we will bring packages of the teas we are serving that week and a selection of 3-4 “Featured teas”.
We will continue to bring Travel Sizes of the full range of our teas, so you can continue to have a cup brewed to order.
The listing of “Always Carry” and “Teas of the week” will be posted on a new page on our website. If you will be visiting the Market and want to pick up YOUR favorites (in any size), please call the shop by 2pm on Friday 314 647 8832 so we can be sure to bring it.
Note for Wash U Market – Galen will have the “Always Carry” + the featured teas in 1 & 2oz sizes AND will still have FULL range of tea selection in 1 ounce sizes only.
2pm – Sample Oolong teas
Grower: Goe Tea, Nantou County, Taiwan
Zhushan Oolong – A floral, fruity tea with savory undertones and a silky but full texture. A great representative of Taiwanese oolong tea, with its layers of flavor and large, full leaves of great quality. Soft but sweet aftertaste and lingering aroma. From Alfredo Lin of Goe Tea. Nantou, Taiwan. If you wish to order, Pricing: $10/1 ounce, $17/2 ounce, $30/4 ounce
Grower: Mountain Tea, Nantou County, Taiwan
Mountain Milk Oolong – Milk Oolong is a green oolong from Nantou County, Taiwan. The Jin Xuan cultivar, meaning “Golden Lily”, was developed in Taiwan in the 1980s to make a soft and creamy tea. Different cultivars have their own unique qualities.
Scented with natural milk flavor, the tea has a fresh, sweet, creamy flavor and a smooth, full texture. It has the beautiful flowery fragrance that is typical of Taiwanese oolong. The aroma and aftertaste are long-lasting, and there is a soothing cool sensation in the throat. It is a popular tea for dessert lovers and the tea-drinking sweet tooth! It is also a perfect gift for the novice tea drinker, or to help replace a milk and sugar tea habit.
If you wish to order, Pricing: $11.50/15gm decorative tin
Grower: PT Harendong, Banten Indonesia
Banten Honey Oolong – A balled oolong with medium oxidation. Fragrant and flavorful, the profile includes a sweet-tart roasted chestnut flavor and a refreshing, cooling mint finish. Because of the semi-ball style, this tea is best experienced over multiple short infusions, with its full complexity and depth unfurling along with the leaves. If you wish to order, Pricing: $7/1 ounce, $12/2 ounce, $21/4 ounce
$12 in advance, $15 at the door
Reserve your seat HERE.
In addition to sampling Great teas, you will receive 20% off all purchases made day of the event, as well as a coupon for savings on a future purchase.
Due to the handcrafted nature of these teas, you will be sampling several infusions of each tea; experiencing the nuances of each steep, and enjoy tea the way the tea spirits intended.
Upcoming Sampling dates:
Sunday 10/25 2pm – all Black teas from India & Nepal
Help us narrow the field to select a specialty handcrafted tea from Assam and/or Nepal
Sunday 11/08 3pm – Herbal and decaf blends, with a focus on our custom blends
November date tbd – Green teas
Date tbd – Tea & Cheese Pairing at Larder & Cupboard
and we still have lots of tea and accessories, and more for you.
If I offer you $3 for a $2 bill will you take it?
That is the idea behind our “Purchasing Power Program” cards. Your advance purchase gives BOTH of us purchasing power. You get more for your money each time you visit, and in turn, we get much needed capital to stock the shop.
Purchase this card for $20
YOU Get $30-$40 of purchasing power for only $20
Card has a total of 10 stars or symbols (cost to you = $2 per star/symbol)
Each time you shop with us one star or symbol will get “punched” and you will receive at least $3 off your purchase that day
$3 value for each STAR
Special symbols (bus, bicycle, cat, snowflake) are each worth $5 if you qualify as follows:
Bus – Did you ride the bus today? show us your bus pass or bus ticket for that day
Bicycle – Is your bike outside?
Cat – Are you wearing a Tenth Life button, tee shirt, or hoodie?
Snowflake – Is it raining or snowing when you come in to shop?
Present the card to us wherever we are selling (Markets OR events)
Or you can leave the card on file in our shop, and the value will only be redeemed there.
04 Oct 2012
SEOUL, South Korea
As the flu season approaches, tea drinkers can take comfort in the fact that green tea may provide additional protection.
Researchers at the Yonsei University’s Department of Biotechnology at the College of Life Science and Biotechnology tested green tea solutions in various concentrations and discovered tea killed the influenza virus on skin.
All concentrations were effective against the flu virus, including the one with the lowest concentration, according to lead researcher Woo-Jin Shin. Viruses on skin containing the virus that was treated with a control (PBS) remained, but even weak green tea solutions proved effective.
Skin was exposed to one green tea bag per 120 mL of hot water at the low end and two and three bags per 120 mL to test higher concentrations.
Researchers conclude that using green tea solution as a hand disinfectant, gargling with tea and drinking tea could be a useful way to prevent transmission of the flu virus.
The study was published in the journal Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry.
Source: Digital Journal
Due to a recent disappointing experience, and because there are so many teas available and it is impossible for Traveling Tea to provide everything to everyone, and in keeping with our motto: “Sharing Good Times ~ Sharing Good Tea©”, I’ve decided to start a review of tea service at local restaurants and cafés.
It is the least I can do, to aid my customers (and other tea drinkers) to have the best experience possible when Traveling Tea is not being served.
I have devised “star award” criteria, and as I make my way through various establishments, the findings will be posted on this “Tea Service Reviews” page. I invite YOU to email your experiences and findings to me as well, so we can create a more comprehensive list. [You can also post on our Facebook page and I will transfer the details here.]
I award stars based upon the following criteria:
*Loose leaf (vs. bagged…..there are some better brands of bagged teas, and they will get their star for that if appropriate)
*Brand Selection, e.g. organic/fair trade/good reputation of company (environment and people)
*Description/Variety of teas (is there a “tea menu”; how are the teas described? And what sort of choices do you have?)
*Presentation & Steeping method (cup or pot on table, appropriate water temp)
*Value (can you get add’l cup? resteep)
5 STARS means they give comparable attention to their tea, as they do their coffee and/or wine (relative to the establishment)
It is my hope that as we, together, put attention on communicating our desire for the same quality of product that is given to coffee and wine connoisseurs (and appreciating those who DO provide it), we will encourage more establishments to “step up their game”.
Yesterday I was asked about how to use a tea that was received as a gift and she didn’t like the taste. Here’s what I said, and what I thought of later…
“Put it in a bowl in your refrigerator or cabinet to absorb unwanted odors.”
When people tell me about all the tea they have in their cabinets I suggest they use it in cooking – brew it regular strength and use instead of water to add a new dimension to salad dressings or soups. Brew 1-1/2x strength in water or milk to flavor cakes and cookies.
What do you do with a plain tea that you don’t care for though? You could try steeping it for a shorter period of time and see if that improves the flavor; or cold steeping…either using a large T-Sac or putting loose leaves in glass jar or pitcher in refrigerator overnight. This produces a much lighter flavor, that is also lower in tannins and acids (gentler on the stomach).
You may also try mixing a small quantity with another flavored tea. If that doesn’t make the tea any more appealing, you can always make a weak brew to water your plants with. They aren’t flavor sensitive! or just add it to your compost. That way you’re not really wasting it.