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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 […]

Tea Mind

“Tea Mind is wanting what you have rather than angling to get what you want.” Jennifer shares the insights of Samovar Tea Salon speaker, Will Rosenzweig, who encourages us to take life in sip by sip.

Water for Tea (Part II)

Jennifer continues her blog series about the importance of quality for brewing delicious tea.

San Francisco: The Heart of America’s Tea Renaissance

Lindsey “Vee” writes about America’s exciting tea renaissance. “The U.S. is in the midst of a tea renaissance. Tea traditions that had long lain dormant under the surface of American culture have sprung to vibrant life. Tea rituals, tea flavors and types, tea foods and teaware have begun to intermix with one another to create a new fusion style of tea that is wildly international and yet distinctly American.”

The Ancient Tea-Horse Road

Simon reports on one of the oldest trade routes in the world: China’s Ancient Tea-Horse Road. Tea has been brought into the Himalayas for over a millennium via this rugged foot path.

Passage to Peace, Exploring Tea Culture – Today

Tea is hot! And no one steeps patrons in the ancient and enduring properties of tea like San Francisco’s Samovar Tea Lounge. In this compelling podcast, owner Jesse Jacobs explores the reverberations of how one cup of tea serenely enjoyed influences peace throughout the world. Visiting with modern Tea Masters, Jacobs uncovers the mysterious roots […]

A Japanese Tea Gathering at San Francisco’s Urasenke Society

Christie Bartlett, Founding Director of Ursaenke Society, San Francisco talks about the history of Urasenke, why tea gatherings matter today, and the ripple effect of “peace through a bowl of tea.” – What is a “tea gathering?” – Spontaneity through structure and the art of tea – Slowing down time, appreciating fleeting moments – Sipping […]

Moroccan Tea Culture

Mostaffa and Omar brew traditional Moroccan tea and espouse on the harmonizing effects of Moroccan tea, Moroccan culture , and food- for all to embrace. – How to make traditional Moroccan tea – A gathering of family and friends around the Moroccan tea table – Moroccan tea culture and the growing American tea culture – […]

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.

Jodet

Jodet is one of our busiest Tea Ambassadors! She’s the leader of Samovar Hayes Valley, an MBA student, and a writer. How does tea fit into this full life? Jodet drinks tea to energize her when she needs it… and to relax and slow her down when that is in order.

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.

The Four Agreements (Samovar-Style)

Tara, one of our esteemed leaders from the Yerba Buena location recently inspired us with her book recommendation The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz.

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.

(Part II) Teresa in India: Uttar Pradesh

From the Faraway state of Uttar Pradesh, all the way to Samovar Tea Lounge in San Francisco, this is Tea Ambassador Teresa reporting from afar…

Slow Money, Slow Food, Slow Tea, Slow Living

Sometimes customers complain that the service at Samovar is slow. That’s intentional. We are about tasting the experience of life, through a cup of tea. We slow you down, and sometimes the first time is painful. But customers come back, again and again because….they like it.

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