China traditionally has been a tea-drinking country but we turned them into coffee drinkers.
– Howard Schultz
When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.
– Bob Parsons, CEO and Founder, GoDaddy
As a practice, tea can be a source of pleasure for a lifetime. It is a way to focus, to center. In a world constantly telling you to hurry up, it is the easiest way to slow down.
– James Norwood Pratt : New Tea Lovers Treasury
Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
– Friedrich Hegel
Take a break. Focus on nothing but the tea in front of you.
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
– Ayn Rand
If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.
– Malcom Gladwell
It seems like the chaos of this world is accelerating, but so is the beauty in the consciousness of more and more people.
– Anthony Kiedis: Scar Tissue
There is only one way to learn… It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.
– Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist
The idea of one day running my company was that I could be creative and eventually live life on my own terms.
– Tony Hsieh: Delivering Happiness
Tea and the city.
It is easier to exclude harmful passions than to rule them, and to deny them admittance than to control them after they have been admitted.
The opposite of love is indifference, and the opposite of happiness is boredom.
– Timothy Ferriss: The 4-Hour Work Week
Pour Tea, Not Coffee.
Bringing nature to the tea session.
We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.
– Leo Tolstoy
Ayumi Kinezuka, family, friends, & neighbors taking a break from tea farming.
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
– Anne Bradstreet
He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul’s estate.
– Henry David Thoreau
Roasted Rice Tea = Genmai Cha
The Three Pillars of The Perfect Brew: Tea, Temperature & Time.
This art involves the balancing of three variables: amount of tea, water temperature, and steeping time. Since flavor is subjective, only you can determine what the right recipe is for your palate.
To begin your experimentation, start with the following guidelines:
Tea. Use 1-2 tablespoons of tea per 8oz cup. Get the most flavor from your tea by using more tea for short steeping periods.
Temperature. Always start with the best tasting water you can find: filtered, spring, or even “mountain stream fresh.”
Time. Steep the first infusion for 15-30 seconds.
Repeat. Re-steep for 5-20 additional infusions, increasing the brew time to taste.
- For Pu-erh & Oolong teas: Awaken the leaves. Rinse leaves with boiling water prior to first infusion.
- Experiment with water temperature. Start with a rolling boiling and then try different temperatures to get the flavor you like best.
- Brew with a gaiwan for maximum effect.
The Mighty Samovar.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Our Organic Masala Chai has people from all over the Bay Area coming to the Lounges for that cozy, creamy, and dreamy experience. Our secret Masala Chai blend was created from a combination of several collected family recipes from across India.We use only organic whole spices and organic, whole-leaf black tea. The resulting drink is a perfect and flavorful balance of spice and tea… and totally addictive.
Here’s how to make the perfect, creamy, steamy cup of Chai:
- Bring 2 cups water to a rolling boil.
- Add 2 tablespoons sweetener (we like our Balinese Samovar Sweet Crystals because they’re healthy and good for the environment).
- When sweetener is dissolved in boiling water, add 2 tablespoons Masala Chai + 1–2 tablespoons of your favorite black tea (add more black tea for more caffeine kick).
- Boil together for 5 minutes.
- Add 1 cup whole milk (or milk substitute). Bring to a boil again.
- Remove from heat immediately (before it boils over).
- Steep covered for 5 minutes.
- Strain and enjoy!
- Tastes great hot, or, chilled. Serves 2.
From Process to Ritual
Mystery hovers over this magical tea. Although not the most popular of green teas, it is likely the most exotic. Matcha’s unique processing begins with a shade grown tea leaf, yielding an intensely green, chlorophyll infused leaf. Once dried, the leaves are pulverized to dust between two large granite plates.
The magic of this tea is left to the user, making as big or as little ceremony as is necessary. To learn more about the history and ceremony, watch this video with Christy Bartlett of the San Francisco Uransenke Society. The joy of this tea happens not only in each sip but in the preparation. Hand-whisked with a bamboo chasen until soft green peaks form on its surface, this tea is blended, and not infused like other leaves.
May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
– An Irish Blessing
Expand your world with whole-leaf tea.