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How To Brew The Perfect Cup Of Tea

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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 Beginner’s Guide To Tea 

 

 

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Video: Tea & Chocolate Pairing with Samovar and Charles Chocolates

Watch the Tea and Truffles Pairing with Samovar and Bay Area chocolatier Charles Chocolates. Jesse, founder of Samovar, and Chuck Siegal, founder of Charles Chocolates, discuss entrepreneurship, premium chocolate and teas, and what makes food and beverage companies like theirs unique.

Continue reading Video: Tea & Chocolate Pairing with Samovar and Charles Chocolates

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Hawaii-Grown Tea Comes to Samovar and the USA

Hawaii-Grown Tea Comes to Samovar and the USA

In this video:
For the fist time in the continental U.S.: Hand-Picked, Artisan, Whole-leaf tea grown in America.
Hawaii-Grown Oolong Tea: Semi Oxidized Tea
Hawaii-Grown Black Tea: Fully-Oxidized
Only 15 pounds of each tea is available through Samovar Tea Lounge.

Jesse demonstrates the unique Brewing Technique for these teas.
To Brew:
Quantity: Steep 2-3 heaping tablespoons of tea in 14 oz.- 16oz  of water
Water Temperature: 195 degrees Fahrenheit
Steep Time: 2-5 minutes (depending on strength desired)
Leave the leaves in the pot

Other Teas Mentioned in this Video:
Japanese Senchas
Phoenix Oolong

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Herbal Blend Tasting

Herbal Blend Tasting

Samovar Tea Lounge has some of the most delicious Herbal and Tea Blends out there. Have you ever wondered how Samovar chooses which teas and herbals to serve?

Join Jesse Jacobs and Erick Xicum as they taste variations of 3 herbal blends and decide which botanicals will win Samovar’s seal of  approval and be sold and served at Samovar Tea Lounge. The three (soon to be for sale) herbal blends featured in this tasting are 1) Rooibos and Yerba Maté Blend 2) Wei Chi Cha Herbal Blend and 3) Kukicha Twig Tea and Yerba Maté Blend

Learn about how Samovar evaluates and tastes teas by observing 4 characteristics:
1)The aroma
2) The body
3)The flavor
4) The aftertaste

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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 of today’s highly sought-after tea experience and sheds light on the dark elixir’s calming effects….

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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 tea to free the mind, cleaning tea utensils to clean the heart
– The role of a tea gathering in creating world peace

Check out the tea in this video… Matcha.

* Special thanks to Toshiko, for making the tea!

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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, you could play with it, depending on how you steep it, and the water, and the temperature, time, and the quantity of leaf you put in, it all has a contribution to the shape that you want to give that tea. Continue reading David Lee Hoffman, Tea Pioneer: Part I

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David Lee Hoffman Sipping Peace: Part II

American tea pioneer David Lee Hoffman discusses puerh, the Slow Food tea movement, and the benefits of organic, handcrafted family-made tea.
– Living with tea kings, learning to taste fine tea
– How To: Artisan tea crafting and family operations, and secrets
– Making American Handcrafted Puerhs
– Slow Food and the Fair Trade movement and tea
– Culinary pleasures of tea and living slowly
– Tea as an affordable path to world peace

Teas in this video… Puerh , Ancient Tea

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Organic Tea in Japan: Challenges Today

Ayumi Kinezuka visits us from Japan to talk about her organic tea farm in Shizuoka, and the challenges facing small artisan Japanese tea farmers today.
– Meet the family: an entire production from a small family operation
– Where are today’s generation of organic tea farmers? Challenges with aging tea farmers means fewer farmers making high-grade Japanese green tea
– Big beverage companies offering bottled green tea replaces Slow Tea
– Big business lacks microenvironment knowledge to manage small organic farms
– How can a consumer make a difference

Check out the Teas in this video…Organic Tea, Green Tea, and Fair Trade Tea.

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Slow Tea with Alice at Modern Tea

San Francisco tea-entrepreneur and owner of Modern Tea, Alice Cravens discusses her Slow Food Farmer’s Market philosophy, discussing challenges and opportunities to growers, distributors and sellers of organic food and tea.
– Organic, seasonal, artisan food philosophy at Modern Tea
– About the Slow Food Movement and why it’s important
– How to make a difference: visit a local farmer’s market
– Fair Trade Today, challenges and opportunities
– The environmental impact of importing tea to America

Teas in this video… Fair Trade Tea and Organic Tea.

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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
– The diverse ethnicities of Morocco and the unifying effect of tea

Teas in this video…Moorish Mint