Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New Teas

The New Teas are Here!

I am so excited about the new additions to our tea list.


Apricot Pouchong
Delicate Pouchong tea leaves are fragranced with essence of crisp apricot and adorned with marigold flowers.

Lemon Flavored Black Tea
Nothing fancy - just quality black tea leaves and lots of tart and refreshing lemon. This intensely flavored tea is the perfect pick-me-up.

Santa Fe Bizcochito
Based on the state cookie of New Mexico (no kidding), this black tea blended with vanilla, star anise and cinnamon offers a soothing and satisfying brew.


Run, run, as fast as you can, you can only catch our Christmas tea for a limited time.

Candy Cane
Yep - it really tastes like a candy cane!

Chanukah Gelt
Only a shmendrick would pass on our chocolate Chanukah tea with golden flower petals. It was either that or potato latke tea. We think we made the right choice.

Pomegranate Crumb Pie
In honor of Kwanzaa, the festival of first fruit, we blended this sweet and scrumptious dessert tea. You've gotta try it.

All our new blends are now available in the shop and will soon be available for online ordering.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Just a heads up: The Good Leaf will be closed for the Thanksiving Holiday on November 27th and 28th, and we'll be closing at 7pm on the 26th. We will be open for biz as usual on Saturday the 29th.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

More than a cuppa tea

When I decided to go into the tea business, I wanted to offer more than just a cuppa tea (not that there's anything wrong with that). I was enthralled by the history of tea, as well as by the capacity of tea to offer unparalleled health and well-being benefits. Tea is associated with ceremony, spirituality and connection; and for centuries, tea has been the chosen beverage for meditators seeking insight and personal awakening. Tea's association with hospitality and ability to facilitate connection and transcendence is elegantly portrayed through the Japanese tea ceremony, chadao (chadao means the way of tea), which builds on four priniciples: harmony, respect, tranquility, and purity.

In designing The Good Leaf teahouse, I hoped that in addition to providing bubble tea to the tapioca deprived population of Albany, and premium loose leaf tea to our local aficioanados, I could also provide an oasis in the heart of urban Albany and an atmosphere conducive to experiencing "the way of tea".

Although I offer no formal tea ceremony, every once in a while I am delighted to get a hint that I achieved my goal. Most recently, Deb Cavanaugh was sitting in the teahouse and asked me for a piece of paper and pen. Later she offered me the following:

The Good Leaf

It's tea time on Lark Street,
The sound of inspiration floating through the air.
Apricot Oolong warms me from the inside out.
Pumpkin bread with orange glaze soothes my sweet tooth
and calms the growling beast in my belly.
I am at peace in this timeless place,
The big red Buddha laughing away my busy bustle,
a zen fountain washing away all anxiety.
I have found my muse.
I am at peace in this world.

I thank Deb for allowing me to share her prose.

Deb Cavanaugh is a poet and musician. She is a member of the musical duo Cavanaugh and Kavanaugh, and will be celebrating the release of their CD at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on November 29th.