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].

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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.

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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

 

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

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$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.  

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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