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April 30, 2011

Dalai Llama approved, Ocean of Wisdom offers a sweet, earthly blend of roobois, ginger, clove, licorice, and cinnamon. A non-caffeinated delight.

And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

– T.S. Eliot


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Interview with Jesse on The Pipeline

The Pipeline is an interview show featuring innovators, designers, geeks, newsmakers, entrepreneurs, and people who create amazing things.

We think it’s pretty amazing to be on the forefront of the modern day tea movement!

Jesse, founder of Samovar, recently conversed with host Dan Benjamin on topics including epiphany, refining experience, connecting to customers, time enhancement, dealing with fear, and tea as a vehicle to creating space in life for inspiration.

Click here to listen to the full interview on The Pipeline.

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April 26, 2011

Our special Samovar Lounge black tea blend, Scarlet Sable offers a silky mouth feel with lingering notes of lychee, pine smoke and citrus.

Others indeed may talk, and write, and fight about liberty, and make an outward pretence to it; but the free-thinker alone is truly free.

– George Berkeley

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Samovar Celebrates Mother’s Day

One of our favorite sights at the Tea Lounges are those special “mom moments” where a mother and child connect over tea. Every day is Mother’s Day, so don’t wait for the calendar.

Life is too short. Stop whatever you’re doing right now and connect with your mom. Send her a text, call her, tweet her, just think about your Mom for a moment. Right now.

Post your favorite “connecting with Mom” experience and let Samovar help you connect to your Mom with our FREE Mother’s Day gift.

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April 25, 2011

Royal Garland - Taiwanese oolong technique and minimalist Chinese white tea processing merge to create this Northern Fujian masterpiece.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Samovar Yerba Buena Live: Tea & Wine Tasting with Gary Vaynerchuk and Kevin Rose

The first ever wine and tea tasting with my friends Gary Vaynerchuk, Kevin Rose. Filmed live at Samovar in downtown SF, this episode features these teas:
Downy Sprout, Gyukoro Inoka Hill, RyokuchaMonkey Picked Iron Goddess of MercyPhoenix oolong, Hong Yue, and Blood Orange Pu-erh.

And these wines:

  • Shibumi Knoll Chardonay 2008
  • Shibumi Knoll Cab 2007
  • Kistler Sonoma Chardonnay 2007
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April 24, 2011

Masala Chai - A cozy San Francisco chai, consisting of organic Chinese black tea, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, clove, and black pepper

Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.

– John Steinbeck


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April 22, 2011

Peppermint Houjicha - All the roasted notes you love from our Houjicha with a splash of peppermint sweetness.

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.

– John Muir

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Leadership (and Love) Begin in Silence

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

— John Quincy Adams quotes (American 6th US President (1825-29), eldest son of John Adams, 2nd US president. 1767-1848)

In business and in life, we have the profound potential to influence other people, leaving in the wake of our life reverberating actions that can forever positively influence others. Call it what you will: Karma, Cause and Effect, What-Goes-Around-Comes-Around, etc. Whether you’re a supermarket bagger, or a Fortune-500 CEO, the fact is that each and every one of us has an impact on the world and other people, to make a huge and lasting difference. And that’s great – because what else is there really, than love? When it comes right down to it, isn’t what really matters most expressing and experiencing love? For me, love starts with leadership, amongst friends, family, and even in work.

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April 21, 2011

Samovar's Iced Tea cup of choice. Our stainless steel drinking vessels are durable enough for backpacking trips, yet sleek enough to use around the house.

It is easy to stand a pain, but difficult to stand an itch.

– Chang Ch’ao

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April 20, 2011

The Japanese term for “roasted aroma”, Hika exhibits the famous crisp, slightly astringent Sencha sensations, with toasted almond tastes throughout.

Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold.

– Bob Marley: Zion Train


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April 19, 2011

Drank by Sherlock Holmes himself, Lapsong Souchong offers such a smokey black tea flavor that the teatenders at Samovar refer to it as "Lapsang So Strong."

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.

– Henri Louis Bergson