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Tuesday’s Tea Salon: “Spiritual Potential in the New Economy”

Rabbi Sydney Mintz
Rabbi Sydney Mintz

Spiritual Potential in the New Economy

Overcoming fear and adapting to change are two great abilities that can be learned and practiced, and we bring you a Buddhist spiritual leader to help show you the way. Come drink tea, relax and absorb the wisdom of the ages for this new era of spiritual challenges and opportunities.

Featuring Robert Thomas (President of SF Zen Center) & Sydney Mintz (Rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El) and Moderated by James Norwood Pratt (Author of New Tea Lover’s Treasury, Tea Dictionary)

About Shisan Robert Thomas:
Robert Thomas has been living and practicing Zen at SF Zen Center since 1993 and has been a student of yoga for 10 years. Ordained as a priest by Norman Fischer in 2000, Robert currently serves as the President of the SF Zen Center.

About Sydney Mintz:
Sydney Mintz is a rabbi at Congregation Emanu- El. She was ordained in 1997 by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, at which time she began her rabbinic career at Temple Emanu-El. Rabbi Mintz directs the social justice programs of the Congregation and leads the family worship services, among her other pulpit responsibilities.

About the Samovar Tea Salon Series “Coping With The New Economy”
Samovar Tea Salon Series invites a small audience to an intimate, open-dialogue forum meant to inspire and energize the community to respond mindfully and optimistically to a rapidly changing social and economic era. Tea Salons will be held bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings at Samovar’s new “Hayes Valley” location (297 Page @ Laguna).

These Tea Salons bring together some of the finest Bay Area minds in finance, spirituality, technology, entrepreneurialism, self help and the environment in an interview/forum format, moderated by Samovar owner Jesse Jacobs and events associate Jennifer Sauer (Author of The Way to Tea: Your Adventure Guide to San Francisco Tea Culture).

Details
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
7-8:30 p.m. (Come early for dinner!)
Samovar Tea Lounge Hayes Valley
297 Page Street (@ Laguna Street)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 861-0303

Tickets are limited to 22 people per event. Samovar Tea Lounge will serve fine premium teas equally valued at the cost of admission ($12) at the start of each event. Dining is available from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm prior to the forum. Discount tickets are also available: two people for $20 (single event), or three tickets (three individual events) for $30.

All Tea Salons will be held from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, and tickets are available for purchase at Samovar’s Hayes Valley location.


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Tuesday’s Tea Salon: “Human Potential in the New Economy”

Human PotentialHuman Potential in the New Economy

How can you accomplish more by doing less? Adaptability, mindfulness, calming down, and doing less.  These are the hallmarks of working to your full potential according to Author, Zen Priest, and Life Coach Marc Lesser and Executive Leadership Coach Pam Weiss. Join two of our community’s great consultants and life coaches who can help you gain leverage from the inside out as you work toward fulfilling your dreams in this unique economic era.

Featuring Marc Lesser (Author of Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less) & Pam Weiss (Executive Coach)

About Marc Lesser:
Zen priest and business consultant, Marc Lesser, is the author of the new book, Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less. Marc has been practicing and studying Zen for 30 years and is a Zen teacher in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi.  He also has an MBS degree from NYU’s Graduate School of Business and has been a highly regarded consultant to executives in various industries.

About Pam Weiss:
Pam Weiss has been practicing Buddhism since 1987, including several years of Zen monastic training. She is currently in teacher-training with Jack Kornfield, and is also a student of the Diamond Approach. Pam is an executive coach who offers mindfulness classes and leadership development programs inside various organizations. Her passion is in bringing the richness and depth of Buddhist teachings to the world of work and relationships, as well as articulating a feminine expression of the dharma.

About the Samovar Tea Salon Series “Coping With The New Economy”
Samovar Tea Salon Series invites a small audience to an intimate, open-dialogue forum meant to inspire and energize the community to respond mindfully and optimistically to a rapidly changing social and economic era. Tea Salons will be held bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings at Samovar’s new “Hayes Valley” location (297 Page @ Laguna).

These Tea Salons bring together some of the finest Bay Area minds in finance, spirituality, technology, entrepreneurialism, self help and the environment in an interview/forum format, moderated by Samovar owner Jesse Jacobs and events associate Jennifer Sauer (Author of The Way to Tea: Your Adventure Guide to San Francisco Tea Culture).

Details
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
7-8:30 p.m. (Come early for dinner!)
Samovar Tea Lounge Hayes Valley
297 Page Street (@ Laguna Street)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 861-0303

Tickets are limited to 22 people per event. Samovar Tea Lounge will serve fine premium teas equally valued at the cost of admission ($12) at the start of each event. Dining is available from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm prior to the forum. Discount tickets are also available: two people for $20 (single event), or three tickets (three individual events) for $30.

All Tea Salons will be held from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, and tickets are available for purchase at Samovar’s Hayes Valley location.


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Customer Service FAQs

Tea Lounge FAQ

Do you take reservations in the Lounges?

Sorry, no. Samovar is a walk-in only establishment, so we are unable to take reservations ahead of time, unfortunately. If you would like to ensure seating for a large group, we offer reservation packages which include a reserved table, set menu and dessert, 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, email [email protected] a m o v a r l i f e . c o m.

For bigger events we love hosting private parties. Visit the Private Events page to find out more.

Why don’t you have wireless internet access?

Quality living is about really connecting, with ourselves, and with those around us. We find that creating a place that does not offer internet access, allows for better human connection. Learn more about our company values here.

Do you franchise? When will you open a Tea Lounge in my city?

That is top secret information. We are expanding. If you think you have what it takes to work for us, invest in us, or help us to broaden our message, let us know. We are always eager to connect with passionate people. Feel free to email us at email [email protected] a m o v a r l i f e . c o m.

Online Order FAQ

What are my payment options?

We currently accept payment via PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

What are your shipping rates?

For orders within the US, we offer $7 flat rate ground shipping. Or, get free ground shipping within the continental US with an order of $49 or more. For international customers, shipping rates are calculated based on shipping address and the weight of the items in your order. You can see the calculated shipping costs on the Shopping Cart page during the checkout process.

When will my credit card be charged?

Your credit card will not be charged until your order is shipped. When you place an order, you will immediately receive an e-mail confirming that your order has been received, and you may see a “pending” charge on your online bank statement. We will send you another email to notify you when your order has been shipped, at which time we will have charged your credit card.

What countries do you ship to?

We currently ship to about 60 countries around the world. Please see the list in the Shipping Rates Calculation section of your shopping cart.

How long do most international orders take to ship?

It depends how long it takes for your package to travel and go through customs. Delivery can take anywhere from two to six weeks. If you placed an international order and it has been in transit for more than this amount of time, please let us know!

When will my order be shipped?

Orders are processed for shipping the next business day. You will receive an e-mail confirmation with a tracking number once your order has shipped.

What is your privacy policy?

You can read our full privacy policy here.

What is your return Policy?

We want you to be totally satisfied with your order! However for safety reasons, we can only accept returns of unused tea ware and cannot accept returns of tea. If you are unsatisfied with your tea, please contact us and we will work with you to select the right tea for you palate.

For returns of unused tea ware, please contact us and we will provide you with a prepaid return label. Once we receive the undamaged return, we will refund the cost of the returned item. Please allow two weeks for the refund to appear on your credit card statement.

Sorry, but we are unable to accept unauthorized returns.

I’m buying this tea as a gift. Can you include a note with my gift? Does the shipment show the price of the items in the gift?

Thank you for sharing the Samovar love with a friend! Right now we are not able to offer custom messaging. We are working on improving this and appreciate your patience while we work this out.

Our shipments do not include a receipt, so you do not need to worry about prices being included in your gift shipment.

However, please note that for international shipments, the customs declaration form requires that we submit the prices of all items in the package. This list is usually retained by the customs office, but there is a chance that it may reach the end recipient.

Product FAQ

Why don’t you carry sample sizes of all teas?

Some of our teas are packed at origin; to make sample sizes of these teas would not be cost-effective for our customers.

What happened to your black tea tins?

We are excited to now offer teas in 100% compostable packaging. Not only is this more environmentally friendly, but the package is now as ephemeral as the tea inside, while still being able to keep the tea fresh and safe from moisture and sunlight. Please read about our new packaging, and the philosophy behind it, here.

We no longer carry black tins in which our teas were previously packaged; however, all of our teas fit perfectly inside our double lidded Copper Tea Canister.

I loved a tea you used to carry, but I don’t see it on your website anymore. What happened?

Nature sometimes makes it hard. Our teas are from small micro-farms from across the globe, and we can’t always get the exact same tea, season to season. This makes it both exciting, as well as sometimes frustrating. We apologize for the inconvenience, but hope you understand that with such specialty items, they sometimes run out.

Do you sell tea wholesale?

Yes. Please email us for more information on what that entails.

Do you sell tea bulk?

Unfortunately we do not currently offer a bulk tea option for our online customers. We hope to be able to offer this at some point in the future, so stay tuned!

I am new to tea and would like some info on how to learn more.

The first place to go is our Learn About Tea section. Also check out the Tea 101 video. If you’re not sure what teas to start with, try our Tea Newbie set which includes a trio of super popular and easy-to-brew teas!

Why are some of your teas in pouches instead of your compostable boxes?

Depending on the kind of tea, and where it is grown and packed, we may package them differently. Some Taiwanese oolongs are vacuum sealed at the farm in foil pouches. Some Japanese senchas are sealed in kraft paper pouches at the farm. With the small, artisanal teas we get, there are sometimes variations in the packaging.

Why are your teas so expensive?

We don’t believe our teas are expensive! For what you get, our teas are actually some of the cheapest leaves on the market. Considering the artisanal craftsmanship in growing and picking and blending our teas, their freshness, the numerous infusions you get from our leaves, the incredibly complex and robust flavors and aromas, and the fact that we taste test every crop….when it boils right down to it our teas are literally a few cents per cup. For the experience, feeling, taste, and health benefits you get from our teas, we believe that they are actually quite cheap. Also, our teas aren’t for everybody. We source and design our products for people who are passionate about taste, freshness, quality, and fostering deeper human connection. If that’s you, then, please enjoy!

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Tuesday’s Tea Salon: “The Meaning of Money in the New Economy”

Samovar Tuesday Tea Salon
Samovar Tuesday Tea Salon

The Meaning of Money in the New Economy

How will the value of money change in the coming months and years, and how can you best manage your own money as dollars come and go, rise and fall, with the shifting economic climate? Come sip premium tea with John Marshall, who will help you decipher the best ways to respond to the changing financial picture in the U.S.

Featuring John Marshall-Stella, Principle of Stella Capital and  Moderator James Norwood Pratt

About James Norwood Pratt:
James Norwood Pratt is an author and authority on wine, tea and tea lore. He is best known for his books on tea “The Tea Lover’s Treasury” (1982), “The Tea Lover’s Companion” (1995), and the whimsical “Reading Tea Leaves” (1996) authored as “by a Highland Seer.” In 2000 he brought out “James Norwood Pratt’s NEW Tea Lover’s Treasury,” a complete re-casting of his earlier work in the light of increased information. This book has been translated into German with the title “Tee fur Geniesse” and is often used as a training manual in the US tea trade.

About the Samovar Tea Salon Series “Coping With The New Economy”
Samovar Tea Salon Series invites a small audience to an intimate, open-dialogue forum meant to inspire and energize the community to respond mindfully and optimistically to a rapidly changing social and economic era. Tea Salons will be held bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings at Samovar’s new “Hayes Valley” location (297 Page @ Laguna).

These Tea Salons bring together some of the finest Bay Area minds in finance, spirituality, technology, entrepreneurialism, self help and the environment in an interview/forum format, moderated by Samovar owner Jesse Jacobs and events associate Jennifer Sauer (Author of The Way to Tea: Your Adventure Guide to San Francisco Tea Culture).

Details
Tuesday, June 16
7-8:30 p.m. (Come early for dinner!)
Samovar Tea Lounge Hayes Valley
297 Page Street (@ Laguna Street)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 861-0303

Tickets are limited to 22 people per event. Samovar Tea Lounge will serve fine premium teas equally valued at the cost of admission ($12) at the start of each event. Dining is available from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm prior to the forum. Discount tickets are also available: two people for $20 (single event), or three tickets (three individual events) for $30.

All Tea Salons will be held from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, and tickets are available for purchase at Samovar’s Hayes Valley location.


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Teas for Dads

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Like Tea Father, Tea Son

America has finally gotten over a stereotype of tea involving pinkies and lace to embrace the many and varied tea traditions and tastes from around the world.

Tea can be manly enough for even the most macho of parents and is becoming an integral part of the “modern man” image. This Father’s Day, forget ties and power tools – tea is the cool gift for today’s dads. Here are Samovar’s top teas for your #1 Dad:

A tea fit for an emperor – Remind Dad that he’s king of the castle with Palace Pu-erh. It’s plucked from the new, young leaves of trees that are over 100 years old. (Insert your own “Dad’s getting old” joke here.) Notes of bittersweet espresso and chocolate last for hours with successive, evolving infusions of this wild-crafted tea.

Cowboy tea – In South America, gauchos (or “cowboys”) gather around campfires in the mountains to bond over gourds of bittersweet, high-caffeine Sweet Yerba Mate. Muy macho!

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Tea Beer

There are plenty of coffee beers on the market. It makes sense – coffee’s bold taste pairs with stronger beers almost effortlessly. However, there’s a growing trend in tea beers from various smaller/micro- breweries and home brewers. Here are a few tea-and-beer brews worth checking out:

Ineeka Organic Green Tea Beer
SLO Chai Cream Ale
Belgian brewer Lindemans’ Tea Beer, which supposedly tastes like sweet tea with lime
Great Lakes Brewery Green Tea Ale  (available in Ontario in the springtime)
Mateveza cerveza made with Yerba Mate

I’ve heard that Rogue and Smuttynose (among others) have also offered chai beers seasonally in the past, and I’m sure I’m missing some great ones. Have you tried any that you loved? If so, what were they and who made them?

If you like to home brew beer, here are a few tea beer recipes to get you started:

How to make herbal “tea” beer (replace teabags with a tablespoon of an herbal loose tea blend)

How to make Chai Ale

How to make beer with a mild tea flavor (You can use most types of tea for this, so long as the flavor is bold enough to not get lost in the brew.)

If you have your own tea beer recipes, please share them by posting below. We’d love to hear about your brewing adventures!

Also, next time you’re in Taiwan, consider trying the sweet, 0.5% alcohol Beer-Flavored Green Tea  for giggles. It’s not really tea and it’s not really beer… but it certainly is a singular experience!

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Connoisseur Tea vs. Specialty Tea

©2009 Jennifer Leigh Sauer

 Tea Connoisseurs
Tea Connoisseurs

Samovar Tea Lounge has many attributes that bring people to its three locations and keep them returning for more.

Its success has also invited a few critics, who complain about paying $10 or $12 for a pot of tea.

As a fan of high quality tea and of Samovar Tea Lounge, I feel an inclination to gently dissect and explore the difference between buying a “specialty tea” that you prepare and drink at home, and having a connoisseur level tea prepared for you at a tea lounge like Samovar.  The goal is not to scold, certainly, but to inform, gladden, and engage you in a new way of understanding tea.

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