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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Tea

1. All tea comes from the same plant. Whether black tea, white tea, oolong tea, green tea, or pu-erh tea, it all comes from the camellia sinensis plant. The varietals, oxidation level, and processing techniques differentiate each type of tea. Herbal blends are actually not “real” tea, since they come from other botanicals. 2. It’s […]

Tea Feature: Ryokucha Green Tea

Legend has it that popped rice and tea originated in ancient Japan when premium green tea was a luxury item. Peasants made their tea stretch further by adding toasted rice kernels. Samovar Tea Lounge pays homage to this tradition of tea and rice with our Ryokucha Green Tea. We blend high quality, organic Japanese green […]

Question for the Tea Gurus: What Tea to Drink?

Our tea gurus (aka servers) often receive the question, “Which tea should I drink for this time of day?” The easy answer is, “Whatever tea inspires you.” But if you’d like a little more guidance, here are a few pointers:

Samovar Tea Lounge Partners with The Long Now Foundation

Samovar Tea Lounge is proud to partner with The Long Now Foundation to source a rare pu-erh tea for the foundation’s future Salon, for which they are raising support. The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996 to to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years. They are championing […]

If We Had to Choose Just One Tea Utensil…

  If we were stranded on a desert island and could choose only tea brewing utensil, we’d choose the Samovar Cloud Gaiwan. It’s beautiful, simple, and makes great tea. The Chinese gaiwan, or “covered bowl,” is one of the oldest brewing devices around. It concentrates the infusion, allowing you to re-infuse the same leaves over […]

Tea Gifts for Father’s Day

Pu-erh is the wine of the tea world: earthy, strong, and complex. Infuse the same tea leaves again and again to emit dark flavors of cedar forests, tobacco, bittersweet chocolate, and espresso. An epicurean experience favored by coffee drinkers and wine connoisseurs. This Father’s Day, pair a box of pu-erh tea with our sturdy Brew […]

Experience the Tea Fields of Hawaii

Our friends on the big island of Hawaii, who lovingly grow our Hawaii Black and Hawaii Oolong, are helping to host the first ever Hawaii tea tour this November. Participants in the 3-day tour will get to meet the community of dedicated tea artisans in Hawaii, and: Participate in the harvesting, processing, and tasting of […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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