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Why I’m into tea.

Samovar’s founder, Jesse, writes about what tea means to him and why he loves tea.

Samovar’s Jesse Jacobs on KRON AM News TV (2-7-09)

Watch Samovar Tea Lounge owner Jesse Jacobs on KRON 4 News as he highlights some of his favorite teas alongside news reporter Henry Tenenbaum. Check out the teas that Jesse brewed in this feature: Ryokucha Green Tea and Maiden’s Ecstasy Pu-erh And the tea ware he used: Yixing Pot, Glass Pitcher, and the Infusing Basket

David Lee Hoffman, Tea Pioneer: Part I

David Lee Hoffman: Part of the beauty of tea is you can get so many different tastes and sensations with it. Almost emotion, each tea has a different emotion and personality. And you could shape that personality

Samovar Tea Lounge: Tea culture and leadership in difficult times

Bon Teavant, Photographer, and author of “Way To Tea,” Jennifer Sauer writes about tea, community, and leadership in these economically challenging times. Sauer looks to Samovar founder, Jesse Jacobs for his insight into tea…beyond the leaves.

The Most Important Question in Your Life

Did I Make a Difference?
When it’s all said and done, will you consider whether your presence on this planet made one iota of difference? We believe everyone wants to know their lives made a difference.

Trade Secrets of Samovar Tea Lounge

At Samovar, we treat the business of the tea experience, our work, as our art. And, we’re really proud of the art we are making for this world. The way we see it, the secret to being a successful artist is to really be able to listen.

Mi Xiang Oolong and Our Purchasing Philosophy

Jill, a regular customer of ours recently inquired how we, a “socially responsible company” could be so insensitive as to purchase the entire existing lot of Mi Xiang oolong tea–and that our doing so was an indication of Samovar turning into a big, careless corporation. I disagreed, and responded to her with the letter…

(Part I) Business is Nothing … But Stories of People

Business is not about profit, money, software, HR, taxes, credit lines, technology, training, payroll, or anything else. Nope. Business is actually just stories of people and their lives.

The Bottom Line is Where the Rubber Meets the Road

The bottom line is profit, or not. What happens when the only goal is about financial profit? Generally speaking, if that’s the primary overarching goal, then nothing else matters. People don’t matter. The environment doesn’t matter. Even the longevity of the company doesn’t matter. Only profit matters, and it is achieved at all and any […]

Liberating the Entrepreneurial Spirit for Good

Business can really make a difference for the greater good. Look at how Samovar makes people feel: good, healthy, and happy. That’s our purpose. And, although it isn’t easy, it is fun, and rewarding to see our customers smile and express their gratitude.

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