Saturday, December 26, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Here's what you do: think back to your happiest holiday memories. Take a couple of moments to really get into the experience.
- What do you remember?
- What was most important to you?
- What made you happiest?
- What kind of sensory memories came back to you?
So, as you plan your holidays this year, consider these questions.
- What memories do I want to create for myself and the people in my life this year?
- What might keep me from creating that experience?
- What can I do about it?
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Health, creativity, and fun in an elegant gift box! Hurray!
Today, Joe is at the Delmar Farmer's Market and has a few kits with him; they're also available at the shop and for online purchasing.
While you're browsing, check out our other holiday gift ideas. I think I'll try to feature some of them in the coming days.
Monday, November 30, 2009
For the holiday season, the Lark Street shop will be open Wednesday - Friday from 5:30pm to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. This will be effective December 2-24. We'll also have a table at the Delmar Farmer's Market for the next three Saturdays.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Have a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
This sounds like bad news for the Good Leaf, but it won't be. For a little while, however, I'm hoping you'll bear with me through this transition. I am committed to The Good Leaf, and will stay open as much as possible through the holiday season, because I put together some really awesome gift packages.
So here's my idea; I will be open as usual from now until Thanksgiving. Then, beginning on Wednesday, December 2nd and through Christmas I'll be open Wednesday - Friday from 5-8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-6. We will also have a presence at the Buy Local Bash this Saturday from 5-9 pm in the Troy Atrium and at the Delmar indoor Farmer's Market on Saturdays in December (located at the Delmar Presbyterian Church at Delaware and Cherry). And the webstore always remains active for online shopping.
This will allow me to be available for holiday gift shopping, and will also give me some time to figure out the best next step.
I hope you'll understand that in such uncertain economic times, it would be unwise to pass up an opportunity. While The Good Leaf is stable, I don't know what the future holds for small businesses like mine. Over the past year, I've seen many great small businesses fall victim to this economy. Many were great local businesses, and others were small tea companies like mine throughout the country. Three of my favorite teahouses in New York City closed within the same month. So although my return to full-time employment will require some re-working of my company, at least of my full-time presence at the Lark Street shop, it's the best insurance policy I can provide.
I sincerely apologize for this short notice, and especially apologize to all my regulars who spend time at The Good Leaf studying, socializing, or just relaxing. I hope you'll find time to stop by before Thanksgiving and during my limited holiday season hours.
Finally, I want to let my customers know that the past year and a half has been the most rewarding and enjoyable of my life and it's because of you. You have shared your time and your selves with me, and I have relished your company. I commit to doing everything I can to continue to offer you a tranquil oasis that delivers health and well-being in delicious, sip-able portions.
I will certainly keep you updated.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
In my previous post I mentioned all the blending I've been doing. Well, I've got product! Today I introduced two new teas, Coconut Cream Pie Green Tea and Limited Edition Mulled Cider and will have Goji Crape Green, Sunshine Black, and Cherry Blossom Green available tomorrow. And Butterscotch Pudding Black Tea, Good Night and Focus Tisanes will be available by the end of the week (probably).
Sunday, November 15, 2009
But my time has been put to good use. I've been busy putting together some fantastic Tea Packages called Tea Solutions. They combine teas with simple, yet highly effective strategies from positive psychology and mind body medicine. I think they're great ways to enhance the functional qualities of gourmet tea and they offer great value. I also have a great Starter Kit for tea novices called TEA101. I'm sure these packages will make really nice holiday gifts. I'm putting together a couple more that will be ready in the next few days. Along with these packages, I've introduced a few new teas incluing Butterscotch Pudding Flavored Black Tea, Sunshine Flavored Black Tea, Good Night Herbal Tisane, and a few new flavored green teas will be available as well - Goji Grape is my favorite; it reminds me of Welch's Grape Soda. They're not all up on the website yet, but they will be.
I also have a couple of seasonal teas that should be ready later on this week.
So I'm clearing out a few teas to make room for the new stuff. Yummy Biscotti, Fireside Spice, Cocoa Loco Verde, and Harmony are all on clearance. The price for any of these teas is now $5 for a tin, $10 for 8oz and $15 for 16oz. These prices will continue while supplies last. All of these are really nice teas; I just am out of space.
There are some more changes ahead for The Good Leaf; I'll keep you posted.
Thanks for your support!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Anyway, I blended up a batch of the recommended combination of holy basil, ginger and pepper. It's spicy and delicious and I'm calling it Swine Away for now because I like that name, but I might give it a name change later on. It tastes great even if it doesn't do anything good for you. But I bet it does. I've become really convinced about holy basil (aka tulsi) of late. It's considered an adaptogen, which is an herb that helps the body combat stress and maintain balance, and there's some western scientific support for its benefits and a tremendous amount of tradition and folklore behind it. You can read a little about it here.
So Swine Away is in the shop, and you can find it here in the webstore too.
Update: Swine Away is now called Flu-Less (because I found that name more amusing).
From the back cover: Travel on a journey through India, Japan, Taiwan, Morocco, England, France, Ireland and even Tea, South Dakota. The Meaning of Tea unveils tea's mysterious appeal and considers the question of whether any inherent "meaning" is to be found in tea, particularly in this amped-up, high-tech era, increasingly dominated by mass-marketing and fast food. By visiting places where tea is still revered and investigating its role in these societies, the file reveals the profoundly positive role tea may play in the renewal of our world.
This movie is absolutely captivating. Not only is it a beautiful film to watch; the soundtrack is fantastic, and the film-maker offers us charming and thought-provoking glimpses into everyday tea culture across the world.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Yerba Mate is a species of the holly plant native to South America. Yerba means herb and mate means gourd (or something like that). Yerba mate leaves are infused to yield an energizing beverage that many people enjoy as an alternative to coffee. It is traditionally consumed in a hollowed out gourd called a mate, with a filter straw called a bombilla.
There are two basic types of mate - green and roasted. Roasted Mate tends to have a smoother and more mellow flavor, and green mate is a bit sharper and bitter. In my shop, they're equally popular. Mate is often blended with other herbs and flavors, and I create custom mate blends for many of my customers. With the increase in popularity of flavored teas, there has also been interest in flavored mates, and my mate decadence, which is a mate with chocolate and caramel flavor has been hard to keep in stock.
Evidently, yerba mate is consumed everywhere and all the time in many South American countries. Though I haven't traveled there myself to experience this first hand, I heard that it's not uncommon for people to carry around their mates wherever they go. I have also heard that there are mate stands all over the place for people to refresh their mate. Evidently it is common to drink mate with friends, passing the mate from guest to guest, but many people drink it on their own all day long.
Preparing Yerba Mate
In traditional mate preparation, you fill your gourd about 1/3 to 1/2 way with mate, some cool water is initially poured into the gourd, followed by warm water. Like green tea, brewing in boiling water may cause yerba mate to become bitter, and may even be associated with increased cancer risk. After allowing some time for the herb to infuse the water, the infusion is consumed and the gourd refilled. A single gourd is often shared by several friends, with each refill being passed to the next participant. Yerba Mate may be consumed warm or cold, and may be shared or consumed alone.
Mate may also be prepared as you would prepare any tea. This method of prep is referred to as mate cocida. For mate cocida preparation, infuse 1 teaspoon per 6-8 ounce cup in steaming water as long as desired.
Yerba Mate and Caffeine
Yerba mate contains mateine, and in reviewing the research I can't come to a confident conclusion as to whether or not mateine is chemicaly similar or identical to caffeine, or whether it is a different compound. There appears to be a heated debate which has gone on for decades. In any case, the experience of mate is energizing yet relaxing in a way, and I have consumed a good amount of it in the past few years, so I can attest to my favorite part of the mate buzz - no crash. Therefore as far as I'm concerned, either mateine is a different substance than caffeine, or other elements of the yerba mate plant work alongside the caffeine to alter the way it affects the body, and it doesn't really matter to me if it's really the same thing as caffeine or not.
Yerba Mate and Cancer
There is also heated debate as to the health benefits of mate that I have to share with you. Some research suggests that mate offers significant health benefits, many believe it is a weight loss aid, but other research suggests that frequent mate consumption may be associated with increased occurrence of various cancers, especially esophageal. Here's a link to an article that I believe summed it up well: http://www.caring4cancer.com/go/cancer/nutrition/questions This review of the literature suggests that the mate risks are not related to water temperature, but may be more related to the quantity of mate consumed. Their conclusions would suggest that mate cocida preparation is more prudent than traditional gourd preparation.
On the other hand, other data suggest that yerba mate may help fight cancer. Such reports have typically been found in the alternative medicine literature, where reports of yerba mate's myriad health benefits proliferate. Additionally, the Yerba Mate Association of the Americas provides information about the health benefits of mate, suggesting mate offers greater anti-oxidant benefit than coffee or green tea, and does address the mate/cancer link by attributing those findings to other factors such as smoking in the mate drinking population, and consuming hot mate through a metal straw causing scalding of the throat. Here's that link: http://www.yerbamateassociation.org/index.php?p=h_benefits&id=45
Finally, the FDA classifies Yerba Mate as GRAS (generally recognized as safe), for what that's worth.
Once agin, I can't come to any conclusions with confidence, but I can't be flip about the data on mate and cancer the way I am about mate and caffeine. I think it is something that you need to be aware of and take into consideration when you choose whether or not to drink mate, and how to prepare it.
At the end of the day
So the bottom line appears to be, mate is popular, mate is energizing and offers a pleasant buzz that is similar to a caffeine buzz, but without side effects. Mate is fun and enjoyable, and mate may offer some health benefits but regular consumption of traditionally prepared yerba mate may be associated with certain cancers. I find these data of concern, but not enough to remove mate from my tea menu. I do, however, plan to make this information available to customers who purchase mate paraphernalia. You need to make your own decision about mate; for me, I choose to prepare my mate as mate cocida, and as with most other substances, I find moderation to be a good choice, and I do and will continue to enjoy mate from time to time.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
During Lark Fest, we'll be offering a special limited but delicious tea bar menu.
We'll be serving:
Orange Pekoe Black Tea
Almond Black Tea
Summertime Blue Black Tea
Tropical Fantasy Green Tea
Creme Saver Rooibos
Sweet Tart Tisane
Almond Milk Bubble Tea
Blue Hawaii Bubble Tea
Raspberry Delight Bubble Tea
Mango Green Bubble Tea
Cinnamon Bun Bubble Tea
and the famous Lark Street Pop!
Our full line of loose tea and teaware will be available.
Weather's supposed to be good, so it promises to be a great day. Hope to see lots of you there!
Oh, and Joe will be at the Delmar Farmer's Market tomorrow morning with a nice selction of our popular signature blends.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Student Tuesdays: Show your student ID for $1 off any bubble tea or other specialty tea drink all day Tuesday.
State Worker Wednesdays: Stop in for your discount. $1 off any bubble tea or other specialty tea drink anytime on Wednesday with your government id.
Giving Back to Those Who Give on Thursdays: Hospital workers, EMTs, you who dedicate your career to helping others, we offer a little bit of gratitude with $1 off any bubble tea or other specialty tea drink on Thursdays.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Root Beer Black Tea
Tropical Fantasy Green Tea
Love White Tea
Sweet Sin Rooibos
and Mate Decadence
and several others including Orange Pekoe, Gunpowder and Pure Rooibos.
New order forms will be available for anyone interested in ordering our other products.
Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
THE DUTCH ROYAL FAMILY!
Yep - the Royals are paying a visit to our Capital City today. It's the first visit by Dutch Royalty in 50 years! They'll be visiting the state museum and meeting with Mayor Jennings and Governor Paterson. Then they'll be visiting the Executive Mansion and enjoying scrumptious fare prepared by Executive Chef Noah Sheetz; and our tea will be served.
Okay, the TU story is not about the tea. But still; I'm excited!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
We have been so, so busy this summer working on making changes. I am especially excited about our new packaging. We're now offering our teas in these beautiful new tins; they're brightly colored, and color coded according to tea variety. The tins are of a higher quality than our previous tins, they're larger, and offer greater value.
We introduced several new blends this summer including Sweet Sin, a pomegranate cinnamon flavored rooibos, Red Hot, a spicy cinnamon black tea, Relax, an herbal blend chock full o' soothing stuff, and a floral tisane we blended up for our dear customer and friend, Gerard. We are cleverly calling it Gerard's Blend. And we've got a few additional blends in development.
And finally, although I anticipated that it would take me a couple of hours and it took me about 3 months, our webstore is finally updated with all our new products. Check it out!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
We'll also be introducing several new teas, great new packaging, and the availability to purchase larger sizes.
Have a great week and we'll see you soon!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Some other names you offered were:
- African Bearclaw
- Autumn Breeze
- Gummy Bear
- Spice of Life
- Fruity Flower
- Absolutely Fresh
- Autumn Symphony in 'mmm' minor
- Name it Cinnamon Pomegranate Rooibos
- Breath of Fresh Air
- Spicy Red
- Sweet Fall
- Autumn Afternoon
- Wild Pacific
Thank you everyone!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
- Organic Selimbong Darjeeling - 2nd flush
- Santa Fe Bizcochito
- Summertime Blue
- Tropical Fantasy
- Iron Goddess of Mercy
- Sweet Tart
- Very Strawberry
- Blueberry Bliss
Friday, July 17, 2009
Oh, how excited I was to see someone using tea as a culinary ingredient in a cooking competition! But for those of you who are unfamiliar with Lapsang Souchong, it is a smoked tea. I think I will dedicate a blog post to this tea shortly because I am a huge fan of Lapsang and use it frequently in cooking. Not everyone likes it, but it's definitely a tea to try or at least to sniff. In fact, a few years ago a list of 100 foods to try before you die was circulating on the web, and Lapsang Souchong was on the list. In terms of the taste of Lapsang, people describe campfire, bacon, the woods, Christmas, and occasionally burning rubber!
So, Nils infused his whipped cream with the not at all subtle smokiness of the Lapsang Souchong - with disastrous results. One taster was unable to take a second bite, and the program (edited of course) didn't show a single person who enjoyed the combination of chocolate, cheese, orange, and smoke as a dessert. He was commended, however, for his culinary chutzpah.
I was kind of bummed to see that tea was the ingredient that destroyed an otherwise close to perfect meal, but I was happy to see Michael Chiarello win the competition; he's awfully cute and charming and seemed to "need" the win more than the other contestants.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
So we're having a contest. Help us name our tea. Stop in and try a sample or take a sniff. Offer us the gift of your creativity and we'll enter you into a contest to win a $10 gift certificate. And you'll also earn our sincere gratitude.
The name our rooibos contest will continue all week. We'll announce our winner on Tuesday July 21st.
Thank you for your support during our time of need.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
- Orange Pekoe Black Tea
- Earl Grey de la Creme Black Tea
- Tropical Fantasy Green Tea
- Moroccan Mint Green Tea
- Juicy Melon Oolong
- Rooibos de Provence
- Blueberry Bliss Tisane
- Harmony Herbal Blend
- Chamomile Sonata
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
I've been damp for the past two days. I swear, it doesn't feel like iced tea season. But according to the calender, it's summer and in theory, that's what we should be drinking. So, today's Times Union has an article all about the refreshing beverage. It offers thoughts on good choices for iced tea blends as well as a variety of ideas for how to brew a great cup of iced tea. I admit that the reason I'm telling you about it is because The Good Leaf was one of their sources of information. So I think you should read it, and then brew yourself a nice cup of hot tea, cause it's wet and chilly out there.
We also have a few additional closings to note
If you stop in and ask why we're closing in early August, I'll tell you a really good story!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
First, we'll be closed June 28th, Sunday for a Specialty Foods Conference.
Then, we'll be closed July 4th and 5th for a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Big Springsteen exhibit!
That's it for now.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
And again, in addition to the teas we'll be featuring, we're always happy to take orders for delivery the following week, and if you would like us to bring a tea any week, feel free to call or email and we'll be sure to have it ready for you. A full tea list will be available on site.
See you there!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
If you can't get to The Wine Bar (it's at 200 Lark) to see her work, you can check out Kelsey's photos online by clicking here.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Summer hours beginning this Saturday, May 3oth.
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm
Wednesday - Friday: 12pm - 9pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Thanks for your input and I look forward to seeing you soon!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
We're putting up some YouTube videos. We've got three uploaded so far. Here's our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/thegoodleaf. If you look at the little icon on the left side of the page, you will find out that I am a guru!
Anyway, it's been fun and film-maker EJ has been doing a great job; until the camera fell on the floor and broke. So, please enjoy our brief first season because we're on hiatus pending repair.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
This past year, drought conditions in the Darjeeling region resulted in great concern over the quality of the 2009 Darjeeling harvest. But I'm very happy to say that despite this concern, the Risheehat estate has produced a wonderful 2009 first flush Darjeeling, and I have some (so you can have some too).
Light and delicate, this tea has characteristic astringency and really nice tropical and stone fruit flavors. It's also available at a very reasonable price.
My webstore is in the midst of a major overhaul, so I don't yet have it available there, but it's in the shop right now, and if you stop in, I'd love you to try a little. And if you'd like to order some online, just send me an email and we can arrange it.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
It's ready. It's a black tea and it smells just like root beer. When you drink it hot, at first it's a bit strange because it's not sweet, and root beer is not usually hot and flat unless you leave it in your car on a summer day when you spend a few hours get all sweaty outside and then you get into the car looking for something refreshing and take a swig of hot root beer; and it's not refreshing, but it is strangely delicious. Just like my new root beer flavored black tea when you drink it hot.
But when I sweetened it a little and added seltzer - it was pretty much root beer! So starting today, I'm offering root beer tea, sparking root beer iced tea, and root beer floats!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Many of you know that I am a licensed psychologist and prior to opening The Good Leaf, I worked in psychology for well over a decade. For me, the transition from psychology to tea was a gradual one that culminated in what was, in one way, a drastic change, but in other ways, not so much.
I practiced psychology from a positive perspective and offered stress managment, mind/body and life enhancement services to my clients. My approach was always to help people find simple and manageable approaches to experiencing a good life. While I was working in psychology, and as my interest in tea began to grow, I began to see tea as the official beverage of the good life. My clients were seeking simple solutions, and there's no simpler one than the one you can drink! In a quest for consumable solutions many people try to eat or drink away their troubles, but we all know how well that works. While not a universal panacea, tea is pretty close to a magic elixir and I promise that the tea hangover is much more pleasant than the martini hangover.
When I chose to pursue the tea business full-time, I did so whole-heartedly and knew that I would not have the time or energy to continue my psychology practice. My regret was letting go of the resources and programs I created. So I kept my websites, michellemarks.com and positiveplan.com published. The problem is that I still get calls from prospects and must explain that I'm no longer practicing. I'm sure they wonder why I keep the websites active.
Recently I realized that with a little creativity, I can find ways to bridge the two disciplines and offer people wellness solutions combining tea with the positive and mindfulness based type of psychology I practiced. The little creativity hasn't arrived yet (it's still brewing), but in the meantime, I offer you a page from my past life. Click here for a few online audio programs that teach deep breathing, relaxation and mindfulness skills. These were the foundational skills I shared with my clients, and they offer far-reaching health and well-being benefits.
I hope you find them valuable.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Recently it was brought to my attention that many people don't know that I offer fresh baked goodies at The Good Leaf, so today I'm blogging about baking.
Since I've been in the tea business, I discovered that I love baking. I always considered myself much more of a cook than a baker given my intuitive style and defiant streak which I figured did not work well with baker's formulas. Early attempts at baking were .... bad. But what started with a small batch of scones I baked up for my weekend stints At the Warehouse, has become pretty much an obsession. I have grown to love the science of baking and more than that, the fragrance of baking. Now, I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about how to bake rosewater madeleines, chipotle brownies, thumbprint scones, or how to improve on a basic yellow cupcake recipe.
Baking for the teahouse has been a challenge given time, space and traffic; but it's been a lot of fun. I bake everything myself from my home kitchen or in the shop, and up until this point, I've been feeding the obsession; baking what I researched on the web or dreamed about the previous night or what would strike my fancy in the morning.
So I figure I'll tell you about some of the things I've been baking lately. During the week, I mostly have cookies available, with an expanded selection on the weekends. Because I don't have access to a full service or large scale baker's kitchen, I bake in small batches, but I am able to take special orders given a couple of days notice.
Home Baked Stuff you might find at The Good Leaf Gourmet Tea Company
- Tea Infused Butter Cookies: Earl Grey, Green Tea, Persian Scented (fyi: this is not a cookie that smells like a Persian; it's a pistachio, cardamom, rosewater cookie - I'm taking a little break from this one until the pistachio problem is solved)
- Big Cookies: Chinese Style Almond, Traditional Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip and my favorite - Sweet and Salty Pretzel/Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Cupcakes: Red Velvet, Green Tea, Lemon
- Muffins: Sweet or Savory
- Teacakes: Lavender scented, Orange, Chai Spiced
- Madeleines: Traditonal genoise a la Proust or sometimes non-traditional a la Michelle
- Scones: Ranging from blueberry to cranberry walnut to peanut butter and jelly
If I can figure out how to twitter or tweet or whatever it is that tells people what you are doing every second of the day in real time, maybe I'll start telling you what I baked each day. If someone wants to tell me how to do that, that would be awesome.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The Weightea ™ Introductory package includes three teas – an “Ancient Chinese Secret” to boost your metabolism, an “African Activity Aid” for hydration during and after activity, and a “Temptation Tamer” to keep you on track all day long.
The Ancient Chinese Secret: Juicy Melon Oolong *
Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong from China has been skillfully blended with melon flavoring and sweet licorice. Herbalists believe licorice is a weight loss aid; and we know it provides loads of natural sweetness and makes this tea a delicious and beneficial treat. For full benefit, research suggests drinking several cups of oolong tea daily. *If you would prefer an unflavored tea, you may substitute unflavored Iron Goddess of Mercy for Juicy Melon Oolong.
The African Activity Aid: Rooibos Lemon-Aid
Organic green rooibos is the perfect backdrop for tart and uplifting natural lemon flavoring. Drink this iced while exercising, and you’ll be happy and hydrated. Add just a touch of sweetener (we recommend stevia or agave nectar) and it tastes just like lemonade!
The Temptation Tamer: Maté Decadence
To complete your weightea ™ package we offer you our Maté Decadence. We chose roasted yerba mate as the base for this blend, not just because it’s delicious and smooth, but because there are many who believe yerba maté is also a weight loss aid. With no calories and chocolate and caramel flavoring, this decadent infusion will curb your cravings.
Your Weightea ™ package includes one tin of each of these high quality gourmet teas. Each tin brews 25-30 cups of tea. The weightea packages costs $18.00. Click here for more info or to order.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
We currently have a few in stock and Petra would be happy to take orders if you are interested in a particular color or fabric. Petra is also working on a functional tea wallet that we designed collaboratively, and it should be ready very soon.
To see more of Petra's work, visit http://www.petrainabag.etsy.com/.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Japanese cherry green tea is a popular tea that I have available only while my supply lasts during early spring. It is light bodied green tea (a sencha) flavored with the essence of cherries and reminds us that cherry blossom season is right around the corner. I offered it last spring and it was very popular, so come and get it.
Flower Power - this is one of our new signature teas. To be honest, I have been working on this tea on and off for over a pretty long time. Basically, I designed a label that I thought was really cute and needed to come up with a tea to fill the pretty tin. It took a long time to come up with the right blend of tea and flowers, but I'm pleased with the result. With a base of white and lightly oxidized oolong, Flower Power blends a brilliant bouquet of flowers - roses, lavender, mallow, calendula, and more, along with a hint of delicate fruit flavoring and a teeny bit of stevia for a touch of sweetness. Enjoy a multi-sensory experience with Flower Power and pause to notice the beauty and fragrance of the dry leaf before savoring the warmth and taste of the brewed infusion.
So for me - it's spring!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
This Thursday, February 19th is national chocolate mint day. You probably didn't know that, but I feel like I would be downright unpatriotic if I didn't do something to acknowledge this important national holiday. So to celebrate, this Thursday I'll be featuring my Mint Chocolate Chip black tea. Mention this blogpost for a cup of Mint Chocolate Chip black tea for just .99 (regularly $2.49) and $1 off any tin of Mint Chocolate Chip. Just ask for it quietly, because Wednesday the 18th is national drink wine day and I intend to fulfill my civic duty.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Love is white tea embraced by rose petals and kissed with the essence of strawberries and cream. It smells like love - sweet, innocent, young love. While the fragrance is reminscent of the bubble yum I was chewing when I fell in love with Josh Rabinowitz in junior high school (I never had the courage to even speak with him; that's the kind of innocent young love I'm talking about here), the flavoring of this tea is subtle so as to not overpower the delicate white tea.
I'll be featuring all my favorite romantic teas in the shop from now through Valentine's Day. When ordering Love, I recommend the following phrasing, "Brew me up some love, baby" (the "baby" part is optional).
For a romantic Valentine's gift, choose a regular tin of Love and heart shaped tea infuser in a pretty red gift box with ribbon for $12.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Hmmm - February 14th, Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day with its obligatory chocolate and other decadent confections. Valentine's Day comes 6 weeks after we set our healthy lifestyle resolutions and it's the perfect set-up to blow them.
The climate is right for a self-indulgent butterama and sugarpalooza. Because we're getting a little sick of depriving ourselves, getting a little sick of the dark, sick of winter, getting sick in general, and this year we're frustrated by an unrelenting winter and terrified about the economy. Our resolve has weakened and we're vulnerable, and maybe even ready to let go.
Now, I know for a fact that people can indulge for a day, and get right back on track. But unfortunately, that's not what usually happens. Once we break the seal, we have a tendency to just keep on going, and that's really too bad.
That's why TEA makes an awesome Valentine's gift. Healthy, indulgent, beautiful, fragrant, and completely guilt-free. No calories! It doesn't throw us off track, but can satisfy the Valentine's Day gift criteria.
With gourmet teas, there are so many great indulgent options. Chocolate teas, fruit teas, floral teas, dessert teas - the choices go on and on. I even have a rooibos blend with rose petals and little heart shaped candies called Sweetheart Red.
So, as you read this, I'm busy filling the shop with great Valentine's gift packages, and in my next post, I'll introduce my limited edition Valentine's Day tea - Love.
Stay tuned (and stay warm - tea helps).
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Coffee Break - a tea for those breaking from coffee
I can't tell you how often people come into the shop telling me that they're looking to get off coffee. They're looking for a coffee replacement that offers a rich morning brew with a good kick of caffeine. I designed this tea with those customers in mind and in the process I created my own new go-to morning drink. I love this blend! Coffee break is a black tea and mate blend that offers a full bodied but incredibly smooth brew with a roasted aroma sure to satisfy just about anyone's coffee craving.
In the process of designing the blend, I drank a lot of it. A LOT OF IT! And I can attest to the energizing qualities of Coffee Break. It's been many years since I've been really cranked up on caffeine, but I was again while I worked on this tea. In the past, when I used to drink a lot of coffee, I would get energized, but jittery, nervous and irritable. With Coffee Break, I was enlivened, energized, productive, and happy. Then the effect slowly faded and I was able to sleep at night. It was the perfect buzz! My small circle of test subjects were surprised at how it truly works as a coffee alternative (even though it doesn't really taste like coffee - it's not pretending to be).
It's brand new in the shop and will be available on the website in the next week or so.