Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.
Watch over us.
Memorize and follow this never-fail recipe: get started. Don’t quit.
– Barbara Winter
Black and Yellow.
One can resist the invasion of an army, but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.
– Victor Hugo
Expand your palate.
Take a moment right now to contemplate one positive childhood experience with your father. Was it building & launching model rockets? Going to the movies on a Saturday afternoon–and sneaking into a double feature? Flying a kite at the beach? His supportive shouts from the sidelines of a soccer game? A bed-time story? Helping you move into college on Day One? Is the memory a classic activity like fishing or football? Or is it cooking or shadowing him at work for a day?
Now pick up the phone and call him. Share your memory, and share the gratitude you feel. If he’s no longer around, take one more minute and just give him some positive thoughts.
A Little Something More
Share some tea! In honor of Father’s Day, we’re offering 15% off your purchase for dad through 6/19/11 with coupon code “LuvDad” (all orders $30 or more).
Here are a few products we think your dad will love.
Samovar Tea Phone
Today we’re announcing a new way to connect (with your dad or your friends). The Tea Phone pays homage to the old ways of communicating with a real handset. It’s super functional and simple and creates a totally different experience when talking on it.
Continue reading Gratitude for Dad
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
– Albert Einstein
Always do what you are afraid to do.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
I don’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.
– John Cage
Fresh baked breakfast scones and strong black tea go great together, and Kevin and I enjoy them as we chat about how he got started with social media site Digg.com. He’s not running Digg any longer, but he’s still going strong in his love for tea, and, well on his way with his newest tech startup.
Note: the video is edited down to 10 minutes, but you can listen to the full 48 minute audio interview on iTunes.
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.
Success should be measured by the yardstick of happiness; by your ability to remain in peaceful harmony with cosmic laws.
– Paramahansa Yogananda
The more I see the less I know for sure.
– John Lennon
Pure Zen at Hayes Valley.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.
– Henry David Thoreau
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
– Harold Whitman
Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. And whoever this ‘Earl Grey’ fellow is, I’d like to have a word with him…
– Jean-Luc Picard: Star Trek, The Next Generation
Tea tempers the spirit and harmonizes the mind; dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness.
-Lu Yu: The Classic of Tea
Here is how we like to use this gaiwan (start with these guidelines, and then experiment on your own):
* Pre-warm the cup by adding some hot water to it, and then discarding that water
* Brew the tea directly in the cup by adding 2-3 tbsp of dry leaves
* Awaken the leaves. For oolongs and puerhs, cover the leaves with some hot water, and then immediately discard that first “rinsed” infusion. Leave the lid on the rinsed leaves
* Lift the gaiwan to your nose and tilt the lid open about 1/2” to release the aroma of the awakened leaves. Take it in. Inhale again and again, savoring this intoxicating scent
* Now add some hot water to these leaves, paddle them once or twice with the lid, and then replace the lid to let them steep about 30 seconds
* Tilt the lid back slightly and either start sipping directly from the gaiwan, or, decant the brew into another cup. At the lounges we use the Lotus Teacups for decanting. The teacups are great because the white color highlights the color of the tea, and allow the brew to cool just quick enough.
Experiment with both the quantity of tea and brewing time to find what works best for each tea. As a general guideline we suggest using 2-3 tablespoons of tea, and steeping the tea for just 20-30 seconds on the first infusion, extending the steeping time for each subsequent infusion. This method of brewing allows you to infuse the same tea leaves many times over, each infusion yielding a new and different experience.
All the teaware shown here is available in our online shop:
Up close and personal.
It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive disenchanted.
– Japanese Proverb
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
– Dalai Lama XIV
Surrounded by tea.
Do you value life? Then waste not time, for that is the stuff of which life is made.
– Benjamin Franklin
As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as in being able to remake ourselves.
I’ve been to Hollywood, I’ve been to Redwood, I crossed the ocean for a heart of gold.
– Neil Young
If it’s never been done before, even better. Every interaction is an opportunity to make a connection. It doesn’t matter if I’m always right, it matters that I’m always moving.
These are just a few of the Linchpin ideals spelled out by marketing guru, Seth Godin. On Wednesday night, a Meetup group came together at our Yerba Buena location to discuss his best-selling book, Linchpin. Meetup members ranged from Y-Combinator graduates and Google employees to graphic designers and professional dancers. Yet no matter their backgrounds, all had been captivated by Seth Godin’s message of creating change with positive, contagious energy. Continue reading Linchpin Meetup
The linchpin is an individual who can walk into chaos and create order, someone who can invent, connect, create, and make things happen.
– Seth Godin: Linchpin