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

ALL SEATS FILLED!

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

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

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

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.

festivalposter2Gateway_VendorProgram

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

ferris (1)

Matcha, Matcha, Matcha…

Side by side

Side by side

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].

FullSizeRender1

This photo image by Mallory Stammer

Short Notice for weekend tea sharing, and meet & greet….

5/13/16 Special Notice:

Saturday, at Tower Grove Farmers Market:
Rie Tulali, from Tealet (our Farmer Direct tea source) will be helping out in our booth, and cupping some Tealet teas.  Rie is fresh from her recent trip to Taiwan and China, meeting with farmers and learning and sharing about tea production. You want to take this opportunity if you can.
We will also be serving some of their teas that we carry [Houjicha toasted green tea from the Kinezuka family in Japan; and Black Beauty Orthodox Assam from Heritage Tea Estates].

Then, this Sunday 5/15/16, at 2:30 in our shop, we will have an extra special cupping session of several new teas that we are evaluating to possibly carry….”extra special” because Rie will still be with us, sharing her expertise and knowledge*….all for the usual price of $12 per person (includes 20% discount off of tea purchases made that day).  *Note, we will sadly not have the elaborate setup shown in this photo of Rie
Seating limited to 8 guests. Click here to prepay and reserve your seat.

Notes and reminders….

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. 20151029_165556

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

 

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

————————————

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.

Tealet Sampling Schedule

Sunday 10/11/15

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