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Eating Tea: How to Make Matcha

Eat tea. Yes, that’s right. We love eating tea, when it comes to matcha that is. Matcha is the only tea we actually eat. The finely milled powder from shade grown organic Japanese green tea whips up into a creamy delicious froth. And the effect? We describe it as somewhere between wheatgrass and and espresso. […]

Private Dining Events at Samovar Tea Lounge

Creating Something Special Customers thank us every day for the peace that Samovar Tea Lounge brings them. We are so grateful to be doing what we do. But when I step back to survey the magic that happens at Samovar, I realize the real superhero is you. You are the one who took time to […]

Cold-Brewing Pineapple Coconut Oolong

When the weather warms up, it’s a great time to chill your teas down. Did you know there’s more than one way to make chilled tea? The most common technique is to brew tea with hot water, then pour it over ice or refrigerate it. But you can also brew tea with cold water, which […]

Hugging a Lion: How to Embrace Technology Without Getting Eaten Alive

Sometimes when I’m at the Tea Lounges and have a moment to myself, I like to sit at a remote corner table and pretend to be a customer. Then I just observe. I never tire of watching haggard, stressed out people plop themselves down, then slowly transform as they experience our warming teas and nourishing […]

How To Brew Gyokuro, An Expensive Green Tea That Is Worth Every Penny

As you explore the world of tea, you’ll come to a point where you want something more. Something more exotic. Something that surprises. Something so delicious that your worries melt away leaving you squarely in the present moment, a cup in your hand and a smile playing on your lips. That’s when it’s time to […]

How To Brew & Taste Tea The Samovar Way

Two of the most common questions we hear are “What is the best way to brew my tea?” and “How should I taste tea to get the most out of  it?” The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Tea video series covers these and a number of other topics: how to judge tea quality, what tea is, information on […]

4 Best Practices For The Post-Information Age

Agrarian society fed the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution created the tools and workforce for the Information Age. But what comes next? The pattern of change in human development is as predictable as it is disruptive. The one constant in this world is that nothing lasts forever. So where are we headed now? Joshua Jacobs, […]

Ask The Tea Master: Samovar vs Teavana

We are passionate about tea and committed to helping you find the best way to make tea a rewarding part of your life. We often get questions about tea and we wanted to share the discussion with you so everyone can benefit. Here’s a question that came in this week from Doug in Tuscon, AZ about […]

What Music Do You Listen To While You Drink Tea?

Nothing sets tone and atmosphere like music. It bypasses conscious thought and resonates at a deep, primordial level. So when you brew a pot of tea for yourself, or your friends, what do you put on? A recent conversation on our Facebook Page turned up some recommendations that we need to followup on—and that we […]

Have You Tried Our Pu-erh Tea & Chocolate?

Now’s Your Chance! Try a flight of three top-quality pu-erhs at the Mission-Castro and Hayes/Hayes Valley Tea Lounges! This tea flight is a great opportunity to experience the complexities that make each tea uniquely delicious. And then there’s the chocolate. Pu-erh Tea is the class of tea that is aged to perfection. It gets its […]

How To Brew The Perfect Cup Of Tea

We’re Here When You’re Ready For More Tea is about slowing down and becoming more present. Tea is about paying attention to the little things because in the end, that’s all there is. Continue Your Tea Journey Engage all your senses as you learn the art and practice of tasting tea. Check out the entire […]

Ultimate Tea Guide and Starter Kit Coming Soon

Samovar Tea Lounge’s Ultimate Tea Guide and Starter Kit are coming soon! Join our mailing list to be notified when we launch them: Subscribe to our mailing list

Vote for Positive Human Connection

Elections have a way of making us feel divided. With so much emphasis on our differences, we lose sight of what we share. The truth is that we are all deeply connected. This is not an abstract idea, but a fact of life. I saw it with blinding clarity the moment I first held my […]

Reverence or Respect: Which is Better?

Respect is nice, kind, and something you give to strangers and you’re supposed to give to your elders. It’s formal and it’s externally motivated by society and others. Reverence is deep, spiritual, and comes from inside. It’s hard to force reverence. It’s also harder to find it. But when you look deeper, and listen harder, […]

June 6, 2011

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. – Anonymous

June 5, 2011

Memorize and follow this never-fail recipe: get started. Don’t quit. – Barbara Winter

June 4, 2011

One can resist the invasion of an army, but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas. – Victor Hugo

Tetsubin

Tetsubin.

June 3, 2011

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. – Albert Einstein

June 2, 2011

Always do what you are afraid to do. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

June 1, 2011

  I don’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas.  I’m frightened of the old ones. – John Cage  

May 31, 2011

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. – Seneca

May 30, 2011

Success should be measured by the yardstick of happiness; by your ability to remain in peaceful harmony with cosmic laws. – Paramahansa Yogananda

Stop By

Stop by.

May 29, 2011

The more I see the less I know for sure. – John Lennon  

Hayes Valley

Pure Zen at Hayes Valley.

May 28, 2011

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

May 27, 2011

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

May 26, 2011

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

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