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Africa Comes to Samovar

Joanne Jorissen and new life
Joanne Jorissen and new life

Samovar Tea Lounge Hayes Valley will host an evening of African tea and a discussion with Joanne Jorissen, a midwife in Africa and founder of African Mothers Health Initiative.

An award-winning short documentary on her work in Malawi, Africa will be shown, and you will have an opportunity to try some rare handcrafted African teas (voluntary donations for tea will go to Joanne’s organization, African Mothers’ Health Initiative).

You are welcome to have dinner while listening to Joanne speak of her travels, work, and commitment to change through the African Mothers’ Health Initiative.  If you can’t make the event, please visit her website: http://www.africanmothers.org

Details:
When: Monday, October 19, 2009
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: Free
Where: Samovar Tea Lounge Hayes Valley
297 Page Street @ Laguna
San Francisco

Phone: (415) 861-0303

The event is open to the public and free of charge.

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Celebrating 800 Years of Matcha!

matchabowltea600x399World renowned 16th generation tea master, Mr. Kazunori Handa, is coming to the Samovar Tea Lounge in San Francisco to share his life’s knowledge of Japanese Matcha tea.

When: Friday, October 9, 2009,  3:00 – 5:00 pm

Where: Samovar Tea Lounge (Hayes Valley location)

297 Page Street (@ Laguna Street)
San Francisco,CA 94102
Phone: (415) 861-0303

Admission: Free!

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History

HistoryWe created Samovar to make the intriguing world of tea approachable and affordable. Tea’s inherent values also guide our efforts to encourage community, vitality, and equanimity.

The Blossoming of Three Samovars

Samovar Mission-Castro
The first Samovar Tea Lounge, at the corner of Sanchez Street and 18th Street, in the Mission-Castro neighborhood, opened in 2001, during the peak of the Dot-com bust.
Samovar Mission-Castro became a soothing beacon of calm and contemplation, in a city that skeptics thought might never recover.

Samovar Yerba Buena
Per the request of the City of San Francisco, Samovar Tea Lounge Yerba Buena opened April, 2006, enlivening the shuttered and defunct space that had housed a failed Starbucks. Samovar Yerba Buena is a garden oasis, resting above an urban waterfall in the heart of the city. Nested beneath the city’s skyscrapers, Samovar satisfies downtown workers, tourists, and convention-goers with an escape from the city’s frenzy.

Samovar Hayes Valley
Samovar Hayes Valley is a collaboration with the premier U.S. Zen institution: the San Francisco Zen Center.
At the corner of Laguna and Page Streets, our latest tea lounge was opened because the neighborhood needed a Samovar—especially during 2009’s economic chaos and turmoil. Tucked in a quiet residential nook, up the hill from Hayes Valley, Samovar Hayes Valley is our most exciting location yet.

This most recent project continues our history of converting old-school coffee shops into tranquil spaces that provide a modern offering of tea.