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Learn About Black Tea

Learn black teaBlack Tea is the class of tea that is considered to be fully-oxidized. The processing of Black Tea originated in China, where it is known as Hong Cha, or “Red Tea.” When this fully-oxidized tea came to the west, people saw the black color of the dry leaves and Black Tea got its name.

Black tea is processed to become dark. This means that enzymatic oxidation is encouraged.

With black tea, the leaf is not fired until the leaf has oxidized to a point that the Tea Master making the tea determines is enough. If the tea is not oxidized enough, it will be to green in flavor. Too much oxidation and the tea will taste flat and dusty.

The resulting infusion of a Black Tea is a coppery “red.” This change in color occurs as a result of the way oxidation alters the polyphenols in the tealeaf. Fresh tealeaves are rich in polyphenols (the antioxidants), which have a clear and greenish pigment. When these clear-green polyphenols oxidize, they become Theaflavin, which has a golden-yellow pigment (as with the infusions of oolongs and white teas). In black tea, the Theaflavin has further oxidized and become Thearubigin, which has a reddish pigment.

Due to the hearty tea leaf varietals traditionally selected to make Black Tea, the infusions tend to be higher in caffeine than most other kinds of tea.

Please see the Samovar Black Teas

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Hayes Valley

Location Hayes ValleyCentrally located, yet nestled in the quiet residential neighborhood just outside Hayes Valley. A roaring fireplace, long communal table, and several nooks for sipping and chatting make up this tranquil gathering space.

Guidelines for Hosting Your Event

If you have a group of friends or family and you want to create a really special experience, let us arrange a private event for you. Below are the guidelines for setting up an event for Bridal Showers, Office Parties, Weddings, Birthday Parties, Corporate Receptions, and more. If you have additional questions, please email us [email protected] s a m o v a r l i f e. c o m

Please review the following guidelines and then email us at [email protected] s a m o v a r l i f e. c o m to discuss the details.

1. What is the date and time of your event?
– Peak Time: 12 noon to 8pm, every day.
– Off Peak Time: 10am – 12 noon, 8pm – 10pm, every day

2. How many guests do you plan to invite?
– For events with 2 to 30 guests, we hold your event during our normal business day, and the space is shared with our other customers.
– For events with over 30 guests, we close down our business just for you, and your party has the entire tea lounge available and dedicated to your event.

3. What would you like to eat and drink?
– We work closely with you to create a menu that is special and that meets your group’s needs (vegan, vegetarian, etc.)
– Either brunch items or non-brunch items can be chosen, depending on the time of day of your event.
– Select the type of tea service from our menu for your group. You can choose several different styles and enjoy sharing.

4. What is your budget?

– $60 per person, including tax and gratuity reservation fee.
– Events in which we close down our entire facility for your event are beautiful, delicious, and really memorable. For pricing information, please contact us to discuss the details.
– Appetizers, dessert, and additional tea are not included in the pricing above. Depending on quantity and specifics, prices for these items will vary. Please ask!

5. Where would you like to have your event?

@ Hayes Valley Samovar, you have two options:

Private Dining Room For up to 30 guests in our private dining room, a large community table, several private nooks, a fireplace, and a beautiful Kuan Yin overlooking the event.

The Entire Tea Lounge
For up to 50 Guests, enjoy the entire tea lounge! For pricing information on reserving the entire space, please email us at [email protected] s a m o v a r l i f e. c o m.

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Hayes Valley

Samovar Hayes ValleyWe are open…

Every day: 10am – 10 pm

We are located… in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, a couple blocks from the center of Hayes Valley.

297 Page Street (@ Laguna Street)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 861-0303

For Directions to Samovar, Please Use the Get Directions Link in the Map Below


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Parking
There is restricted 2 hour and unrestricted street parking on Page Street, Laguna Street, and most surrounding streets. Please be sure to observe the street parking signs.

Bike Parking
There is one bike rack outside of Samovar Hayes Valley. All other bike parking can be found against street signs.

Public Transport…
MUNI
6-Line, 7-Line, 71-Line: The 6,7,& 71 bus lines stop at the corner of Haight St. and Laguna St. Walk one block to Page St. and Laguna St.

MUNI Underground: The closest Muni Underground stop is Van Ness Station.
All inbound and outbound underground lines stop at Van Ness Station.
Exit Station and walk along Market Street to Page Street.
Turn Right onto Page Street. Walk about 3 blocks up Page Street to Laguna Street.
Turn Left and you can enter the Tea Lounge.
(This is about a 9 minute walk).

BART:
Get off at the Civic Center Station.
Exit Station and walk about 5 blocks SW along Market Street toward Page Street.
Turn Right onto Page Street. Walk about 3 blocks up Page Street to Laguna Street.
Turn Left and enter the Tea Lounge.
(This is about a 16 minute walk).

Samovar’s Reservation Policy
Samovar is a walk-in only establishment, so we are unable to take reservations ahead of time. Parties of 2-4 are usually very easy to accommodate at any time. For parties of 6 or more, you are welcome to call ahead 20 minutes in advance to see if we can accommodate your group at that time.

If you would like to ensure seating for a large group, we also offer meal reservation packages which include a reserved table, meal, and teas for everyone in the party. This special reservation is available for $60 per person. You can pre-select food and tea from our menu to have them specially prepared in family-style platters. For more information, please email [email protected] s a m o v a r l i f e. c o m .

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Yerba Buena Gardens

Yerba Buena GardensWe are open…
Sunday – Wednesday: 10am – 8 pm
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 9 pm
Phone:
(415) 227-9400

Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, above the waterfall on the Upper Terrace in the Yerba Buena Gardens.
730 Howard Street (between 3rd and 4th Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94103

For Directions to Samovar, Please use Get Directions Link in the map below:
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Directions on foot from Union Square
1. Walk South towards 4th St, to Mission St. (2 minutes)
2. Take a left on Mission St, and walk East to the entrance to the Yerba Buena Gardens (2 minutes)
3. Take a right into the Gardens, and follow the path which parallels the Sony Metreon.
4. Walk up the stairs to the upper terrace, above the Martin Luther King waterfall, and come on in!

Parking
1. Street Parking:
Street parking is metered with a two-hour limit.
After 6 p.m. there is no need to plug the meter.
Always check for and carefully read the parking restrictions posted along the surrounding blocks. Most streets have street cleaning from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.

2. Moscone Center Garage
255 Third Street (between Folsom and Howard Streets)
Phone 415-777-2782
Open 6 AM to 11:30 PM Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday

3. 5th & Mission Yerba Buena Gardens Garage
833 Mission Street (between 4th and 5th Streets)
Phone 415-982-8522
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

Bike Parking
Please park your bike on one of the bike racks that have been installed around the perimeter of Yerba Buena Gardens
(There is one at the garden enterance on Mission St. between 3rd St. and 4th St.)
Unfortunately, if you lock your bike to a random pole or railing within the garden, it may be cited or removed by Yerba Buena Gardens management.

Public Transport
MUNI / BART
1. Take either MUNI or BART to the “Powell Street” station, and exit onto Market Street.
2. Walk South on 4th St, one block to Mission St. (1 minute)
3. Take a left on Mission St, and walk 1/2 block East to the entrance to the Yerba Buena Gardens (1 minute)
4. Take a right into the Gardens, and follow the path which parallels the Sony Metreon.
5. Walk up the stairs to the upper terrace, above the Martin Luther King Waterfall, and come on in!

Samovar’s Reservation Policy
Samovar is a walk-in only establishment, so we are unable to take reservations ahead of time. Parties of 2-4 are usually very easy to accommodate at any time. For parties of 6 or more, you are welcome to call ahead 20 minutes in advance to see if we can accommodate your group at that time.

If you would like to ensure seating for a large group, we also offer meal reservation packages which include a reserved table, meal, and teas for everyone in the party. This special reservation is available for $60 per person. You can pre-select food and tea from our menu to have them specially prepared in family-style platters. For more information, please email [email protected] s a m o v a r l i f e. c o m .

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Mission-Castro

Mission-CastroWe are open…
Every Day: 10am-10:00pm
Phone: (415) 626-4700

We are located…. in the Castro-Mission area of San Francisco
498 Sanchez Street (on the corner of 18th Street)

San Francisco, CA 94114
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Parking
There is 2-hour street parking all along Sanchez Street and throughout the Mission and Castro.
There is all-day parking on Dolores Street.

Bike Parking
There are two bike racks outside of Samovar Mission- Castro

Public Transport
MUNI
J-Church: We are 1 block west (uphill) from the J-Church stop at 18th Street.
33-Line : The # 33 bus line stops directly outside our tea lounge.
K, L, M Lines: We are three blocks from the Castro Street Station on the MUNI underground.
Walk 1 block down Castro to 18th St, turn left, walk 2 blocks.
F-Market rail line: We are three blocks from the end of the historic F-Market rail line.
Walk 1 block down Castro, turn left onto 18th St for 2 blocks.

BART
Get off @ 16th Street & Mission Street Station.
Take 16th Street west for 5 blocks, then turn left on Sanchez Street.
We are 2 blocks down, at 18th Street.

Samovar’s Reservation Policy
Samovar is a walk-in only establishment, so we are unable to take reservations ahead of time. Parties of 2-4 are usually very easy to accommodate at any time. For parties of 6 or more, you are welcome to call ahead 20 minutes in advance to see if we can accommodate your group at that time.

If you would like to ensure seating for a large group, we also offer meal reservation packages which include a reserved table, meal, and teas for everyone in the party. This special reservation is available for $60 per person. You can pre-select food and tea from our menu to have them specially prepared in family-style platters. For more information, please email [email protected] s a m o v a r l i f e. c o m .

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Yerba Buena Gardens

Samovar Yerba Buena Gardens

We are open…
Sunday – Wednesday:
10am – 8 pm
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 9 pm
Phone:
(415) 227-9400

Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, above the waterfall on the Upper Terrace in the Yerba Buena Gardens.
730 Howard Street (between 3rd and 4th Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Directions to Our Store:
from the North Bay
1. US-101 S toward SAN FRANCISCO 10.6 miles
2. Turn RIGHT onto VAN NESS AVE / US-101. .3 miles
3. Turn LEFT onto BROADWAY ST. 0.1 miles
4. BROADWAY ST becomes BROADWAY TUNNEL / ROBERT C LEVY TUNNEL.
0.5 miles
5. BROADWAY TUNNEL / ROBERT C LEVY TUNNEL becomes BROADWAY ST. 0.1 miles
6. Turn RIGHT onto STOCKTON ST. 0.3 miles
7. STOCKTON ST becomes STOCKTON ST TUNNEL. 0.1 miles
8. STOCKTON ST TUNNEL becomes STOCKTON ST. 0.3 miles
9. STOCKTON ST becomes 4TH ST. 0.1 miles
10. Turn LEFT onto MISSION ST.
11. Park, and follow walking directions to Samovar

from the South Bay
1. US-101 N toward SAN FRANCISCO
2. Take I-80 E toward BAY BRIDGE / OAKLAND / SEVENTH ST / US-101 N.
3. Take the FOURTH ST exit toward EMBARCADERO. 0.1 miles
4. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto BRYANT ST. 0.1 miles
5. Turn LEFT onto 3RD ST. 0.4 miles
6. Turn RIGHT onto MISSION ST.
7. Park, and follow walking directions to Samovar

from the East Bay
1. I-80 W toward SAN FRANCISCO
3. Take the FREMONT ST exit. 0.4 miles
4. Turn LEFT onto FREMONT ST. 0.1 miles
5. Turn LEFT onto MISSION ST. 0.4 miles
6. End at Yerba Buena Gardens
7. Find Parking and walk to Samovar Tea Lounge in the Gardens

on foot from Union Square
1. Walk South towards 4th St, to Mission St. (2 minutes)
2. Take a left on Mission St, and walk East to the entrance to the Yerba Buena Gardens (2 minutes)
3. Take a right into the Gardens, and follow the path which parallels the Sony Metreon.
4. Walk up the stairs to the upper terrace, above the Martin Luther King waterfall, and come on in!

Parking
1. Street Parking:
Street parking is metered with a two-hour limit.                                                                                                                          After 6 p.m. there is no need to plug the meter.                                                                                                                               Always check for and carefully read the parking restrictions posted along the surrounding blocks. Most streets have street cleaning from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.

2. Moscone Center Garage
255 Third Street (between Folsom and Howard Streets)
Phone 415-777-2782
Open 6 AM to 11:30 PM Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday

3. 5th & Mission Yerba Buena Gardens Garage
833 Mission Street (between 4th and 5th Streets)
Phone 415-982-8522
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
Bike Parking

Please park your bike on one of the bike racks that have been installed around the perimeter of Yerba Buena Gardens (There is one at the garden enterance on Mission St. between 3rd St. and 4th St.)                          Unfortunately, if you lock your bike to a random pole or railing within the garden, it may be cited or removed by Yerba Buena Gardens management.

Public Transport
MUNI / BART
1. Take either MUNI or BART to the “Powell Street” station, and exit onto Market Street.
2. Walk South on 4th St, one block to Mission St. (1 minute)
3. Take a left on Mission St, and walk 1/2 block East to the entrance to the Yerba Buena Gardens (1 minute)
4. Take a right into the Gardens, and follow the path which parallels the Sony Metreon.
5. Walk up the stairs to the upper terrace, above the Martin Luther King Waterfall, and come on in!