“Fancy Contraptions, Minimalist Storefront—It’s Not the Apple Store, It’s Third Wave Tea”

By Jesse Jacobs

San Francisco Magazine captured the spirit of our Mission location in a recent article.

“Fast, cheap, delicious, beautiful, potent.”

That’s how Jesse Jacobs sums up the attributes of a proper cup of tea. More specifically, it’s the cups of tea he began selling at his third location of Samovar in early June. Unlike its older siblings, which Jacobs created in the vein of more traditional tea houses, the sleek Valencia St. storefront was designed, like the tea it peddles, as a minimalist antidote to the “cognitive overload” of modern life, Jacobs says. “It’s absolutely essential to bring the focus on tea, and how to maintain a sense of emptiness.”

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Rosie Palmer Lemon Iced Tea Recipe

By Jesse Jacobs
It’s 1960 at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colorado. A man steps up to the bar and orders an iced tea with lemonade. Nearby, a woman recognizes him as he walks away and says to the bartender, “I’ll have that Palmer drink,” inadvertently launching the iced tea phenomenon known as The Arnold Palmer. Read on to learn more about our take on this classic drink and how to make it at home.

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