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Live Tea Time with Creator of the Monk Manual

Join Samovar Tea founder and Monk Manual creator on October 29 at 12pm PT for an interactive tea time and discussion about productivity in times of stress The Monk Manual is the one to-do manager you’ll love to use. Because it’s so much more. On October 29 at 12pm PST Samovar Tea founder, Jesse Jacobs, […]

The Beautiful Monk Manual

Why I Love the Monk Manual

My morning ritual starts with waking up before the sun, brewing some Masala Chai, and opening my journal to a blank sheet. The pen flows and my book becomes a sacred placeholder for thoughts, feelings, and to dos. Starting the day by clearing my mind has always left me more refreshed and more serene. It’s […]

Live tea time with Seth Godin

Live! Join Me for Tea with Seth Godin

Join me and Seth Godin for tea on Friday, Oct. 2 @ 12pm PDT. Seth Godin has been writing and teaching about the creative side of business — and the business side of creativity — for decades, including 19 bestsellers. I discovered Seth in 2002 when I was just starting Samovar. And I’ve been a [...]

How to Cure Burnout with L-Theanine

Remote work has so many perks. No wasted time commuting. Eating healthy home cooked meals. More time with family. More time to workout. More work time in the day: to be Productive.  And yet it doesn’t stop. Working from home means work happens any time, anywhere. In the bedroom before bed, a last glimpse at […]

3 Steps to Transform Stress

3 Steps to Transform Stress

Stress, the Monday morning killer. You might have heard about those crazy people who claim to thrive on stress, but for most of us, stress is a royal pain in the ass. It can be all-consuming, debilitating to the mind and body. Typically we do whatever we can to avoid it. Have another drink. Watch […]

This is NOT goodbye…

It’s with misty eyes and a heavy heart that I am announcing a major transition for Samovar. This Sunday at 5PM, we will cease all cafe and restaurant operations. We have decided to enter a “hibernation” period until the current health crisis situation turns around. Please visit while you can and let us serve you […]

Green Tea Matcha in a Shot Glass

Your Guide to the Ancient Wellness Practice of Mindful Tea Time

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” —THICH NHAT HANH, The Miracle of Mindfulness Everyone I know is experiencing a mounting level of concern around covid-19. We do our best to stay focused on things we […]

Samovar is Open in the Age of COVID-19

Dear reader, I hope this blog post finds you well. These are truly extraordinary times. Throughout the day, I find myself doing a double take to see if I’m dreaming because I cannot believe my eyes or ears. Overnight, everything has flipped upside down. It’s been difficult for me, for my family, for our staff, for […]

Health & Wellness for the Samovar Family

Since 2002, we have operated Samovar with a single goal: bringing people together over tea. Just as many of you have been adjusting your routines in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), so has our team here at Samovar. Over the past couple weeks, we’ve reviewed and enhanced our practices to continue serving delicious food and […]

Tea time, nitro-style

Tea time, nitro-style Cool, creamy, full bodied, refreshing, sugar and calorie free, and with zero to high caffeine. That’s right, it’s Nitro-Tea-Time, and we are excited to be launching our newest menu additions…Pineapple Coconut Baozhong Oolong, Cardamom-Rose Wild Crafted Black, Golden Turmeric Ginger, Pan-fired Bancha Green and more. Swing by Fillmore Street or Yerba Buena […]

How to make a cocktail with Jasmine tea

Inspired by our delicious Rosy Persian tea-cocktail, we wanted to share this simple Green tea cocktail recipe with you. As with California Persian or Earl Grey you can also infuse vodka with Jasmine Green for a floral burst. This cold-brew infusion of vodka and Jasmine Green makes an amazing vodka tonic drink with notes of sweet jasmine […]

Mindfulness Tea

Visit our tea lounge at Yerba Buena Gardens (before 10 am) or our 411 Valencia St. or 1910 Fillmore St. tea houses (before 8 am) and when you ask for the “Mindfulness Tea” we’ll serve up a complimentary cup of the house-selected tea or herbal. What’s the catch? Our only request is that you power down your digital distractions and settle in for 60 minutes of a quiet, tea drinking meditation. Learn more…

A server prepares a cup of chai

Tea Leaves and Aprons: it’s all in the detail

Tea Leaves The size of every tea leaf matters. Leaves that are consistent in size, shape, and color mean that the cup of tea will be complex and consistent. The leaves will steep evenly, delivering a brew that has a unique aroma, body, taste and aftertaste. And it’s much more work to grow and select […]

Pouring Masala Chai at 1910 Fillmore St

Why We Serve

Every morning at Samovar the day begins with water. We boil water in our three-gallon, hand hammered copper pots and begin the first pot of the day of our masala chai. At 6 AM every single day, 363 days a year (we skip Christmas and Thanksgiving), the aroma of freshly blended cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, black […]

Overcoming the Distracted Mind

Every day we are bombarded by distractions. It can feel like our attention is being pulled in a million different directions at once. How can we enjoy the benefits of modern technology while maintaining focus, productivity and well-being? Luckily, we’ve got neuroscientists on our side to help us understand how our brains work and identify tools […]

5 Steps To Tapping Your Creativity

Let’s face it, we’re all ridiculously busy, and getting busier all the time. The simple truth is we can’t add more hours to the day, so the only way to achieve our goals is to get further with the time we have. After years doing leadership development in corporate high-tech, and then coaching many talented professionals in my executive coaching practice, I’ve honed a set of productivity rituals to ensure that I not only deliver on my commitments, but that I make time to be open to inspiration, creativity, and “big ideas”.

Tea Magick—A Party on the Intuitive Side

Come to Samovar to drink tea while you mix and mingle with kindred spirits drawn together to celebrate a shared passion for living the intuitive side of life. Whether your soul searching brings you to Burning Man or keeps you close to home this August, join our three modern-day mystics at Samovar’s hidden gem in Hayes […]

And You For Me Alone

Warning: If you’re prone to earbugs stop reading now because this post may plant a melody in your head that’ll lasts for days. Undaunted? Read on.

Rosie Palmer Lemon Iced Tea Recipe

It’s 1960 at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colorado. A man steps up to the bar and orders an iced tea with lemonade. Nearby, a woman recognizes him as he walks away and says to the bartender, “I’ll have that Palmer drink,” inadvertently launching the iced tea phenomenon known as The Arnold Palmer.

Read on to learn more about our take on this classic drink and how to make it at home.

How To Make Cold-Brewed Teas

Learn how to cold-brew your tea for a refreshing, end-of-summer treat. Lindsey shares the know-how for this cool and easy brewing method.

SF Eater Featured Samovar in The Mission

SF Eater shares their first impressions of the newest Samovar on  411 Valencia in The Mission. If you’re looking for a leisurely lunch, be sure to visit one of our Tea Lounges. But if you’re looking for a fresh-baked scone and cup of tea brewed in our Tea Crucibles, the new Samovar Tea Bar is just what you need.

Jasmine Green Tea Lemonade Recipe

When the weather gets hot, Jasmine Green Tea Lemonade chills the palette and calms the mind. It’s one of the best-sellers at our Tea Lounges, but for years we’ve held the recipe as a closely-guarded secret. Take a look as we lay bare our coveted Iced Tea recipe.

The Path Starts Here

Maybe what we need is to spend time nourishing ourselves so that we can truly give to others? Wouldn’t you love feeling completely unrushed, and totally present?

Success Ritual #3, Being Grateful For Thorns

You might not spend time consciously visualizing your future, but I bet you have a pretty clear idea of where you’re going; if you’re like most Samovarians, you’ve got ambitious goals to complete before 2013 is done. So let me ask, on a scale of 1 to 10 how close are you to living your ideal life?

There’s Only One First Time: A Samovar Oolong Tradition

Oolong tea can be dangerous. Lilies explode in full bloom… Autumn leaves fall in the woods… Tree-ripened peach juice drips down your chin… The aromas and flavors weave together in beguiling combination. An experience with oolong lingers in your memory like a lover’s kiss.

Success Ritual #3, How To Identify Your Core Values

When I’m traveling and I tell people what I do, they often roll their eyes and say, “A tea lounge? Only in San Francisco!” Now we have three Tea Lounges plus an online shop, but the truth is, Samovar almost never happened — even in San Francisco. Of the banks that made time to meet, […]

Success Ritual #2, From Shoe-Shine to Samovar, The Power of Visualization

Things do not change; we change. — Henry David Thoreau To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. — Winston Churchhill Knock, knock, knock. “One minute!” A woman’s voice replies from inside the single-story suburban home. The door opens. “Hello?” “Hello, ma’am,” I say. “Have you ever considered what would happen […]

Success Ritual #1, The Wake Up Shower

The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. –Thomas Edison Did you ever see the customers in health-food stores? They are pale, skinny people who look half-dead. In a steakhouse, you see […]

Tea Traditions: Afternoon Tea

At Samovar Tea Lounge, our tea and food menu draws from tea cultures around the world, from Morocco, to Japan, to China, to India. One of our most popular dishes is the English Tea Service, inspired by the traditional “afternoon tea.” The 19th-century Duchess of Bedford is credited with inventing afternoon tea. At the time, […]

4 Steps to Facing Your Fears

Fear is sticky, like glue. The initial emotion of fear may only last a few minutes, but if we let it linger, it can get stuck in our system for days, months, or even a lifetime. The sensation of fear is effective if it protects us from real threats. The fight-or-flight reaction has helped humans […]

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