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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Not To Be Afraid Of Your Own Life

We live in a culture that denies fear. I guess that’s not surprising considering how uncomfortable cold, raw fear is. But it’s a disservice because if there’s one thing I know for sure it’s that you cannot run from fear, and you definitely cannot hide. Before Samovar Tea Lounge, I had a “killer” job in […]

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 […]

Tea with Tony Hsieh: Jasmine Pearl, Blood Orange Puerh

[iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/24240434?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0″ width=”681″ height=”383″ frameborder=”0″] If you own a pair of shoes, sneakers, or sandals you probably know about Zappos.com. Or, if you read the great book Delivering Happiness, then you also know Zappos.com. In this episode I meet with Tony Hsieh, CEO of this amazing company that offers so much more than just shoes. […]

Tea with Dr. Andrew Weil and Kevin Rose: Royal Palace, Green Ecstasy, Ocean of Wisdom

[iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/24234954?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0″ width=”681″ height=”383″ frameborder=”0″] Meet best selling author and Integrative Health leader Dr. Andrew Weil, and tech entrepreneur Kevin Rose and take time for tea with these two accomplished and inspiring guys. We talk about why tea is healthy for the mind, body and spirit, what kinds of rituals work for being healthy and […]

Tea with Craig Newmark: Jasmine Lemonade, Nocturnal Bliss

Virtually everyone you know uses craigslist.org. Now you can meet the maker: Craig! Nocturnal Bliss is our tea of choice for this episode in which Craig discusses how he got started, and what he’s up to with craigslist. Note: this video is edited to 10 minutes, but you can listen to the full 25-minute audio […]

The Single Most Essential Ingredient In Any Tea

Take a moment right now as you’re reading this to contemplate water. Yes, that everyday substance that we use to clean our clothes, and water our lawn, to clean our bodies, and to brew our tea. Water is life. Our bodies are made up of mostly water. The earth is mostly water. Tea is just […]

Tea with Tim Ferriss: First Flush Nishi Sencha, Orange Ginger

Tim and I have tea and talk creativity, motivation, inspiration, and a bit of tech. In this episode we connect over a pot of Nishi First Flush organic green tea, which is super healthy, and talk about the creative process and how to get over fear. Stay tuned for an upcoming episode dedicated to his […]

Tea with Chip Conley: Monkey Picked Iron Goddess of Oolong, Nocturnal Bliss

Chip and I sit down for some dinner and tea to chat about the relationship between psychology (Abraham Maslow) and work (Joie de Vivre and Samovar). How Maslow’s “hierarchy of needs” can be applied to the workplace for not only more bottom line profit, but perhaps more importantly, for positive culture and joy (which incidentally […]

Jesse Jacobs interviewed by Kevin Rose on Foundation

In this episode Kevin sits down with Jesse Jacobs, founder of Samovar, for a chat about starting up a brick-and-mortar businesses, how Samovar began and the philosophy behind their business, how to find and train passionate employees, and more:

Do You Have What It Takes?

Learn about our vision and find out what it takes to make the cut as a Samovar employee.

Tea with Graham Hill – Masala Chai, Nishi Sencha

[iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/25353113?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0″ width=”681″ height=”383″ frameborder=”0″]   Knowledge is power, and Graham Hill channels knowledge into inspiration and action through the green news site TreeHugger.com. As a serial “designpreneur,” Graham shares about the challenges of entrepreneurship, and how to make a difference through your work.

Tea with Erica Sandberg: Samovar Breakfast Blend, Ancient Gold

Your money is your life, and good financial management is really, really important. Erica joins me for a pot of Earl Grey tea at Samovar where she speaks candidly on passion and money. Note: this video is edited to 10 minutes, but you can listen to the full 40-minute audio interview on iTunes.

Tea with Jeff Mendelsohn: Ocean of Wisdom

“Green paper products” isn’t a contradiction of terms, especially where Jeff Mendelsohn is involved! As founder of New Leaf Paper, Jeff has been a visionary leader in the evolution of the green business community. We met over a pot of tea to discuss business as a force for good, the dirty side of the paper […]

Tea with Jeff Riddle: Downy Sprout, Bai Hao Oolong

Because of his unique take on why and how to build relationships, I believe Jeff Riddle is soon to be a household name in business and social media. In this episode Jeff and I sip some Downy Sprout at Samovar Sanchez and talk about why (and how) to build really deep relationships – for improved […]

Tea with Stephanie Bernstein: Wei Chi Cha, Masala Chai

Bamboo cutlery? Yep – it’s taking the country by storm actually, and Stephanie Bernstein and her company are leading the way. Stephanie takes time out from a busy life to chill and chat over a pot of Wei Chi Cha. Stephanie is doing great things, and creating a great company. Join us for tea as […]

Tea with Dean Karnazes: Moorish Mint, Wuyi Oolong

[iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/24520149?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0″ width=”681″ height=”383″ frameborder=”0″] Dean runs a marathon every single day. Seriously. Then he comes home, makes breakfast for his kids, and then gets down to writing. He writes books about endurance, with the goal of inspiring others to do like him: live an actualized life. That is, live a life that you’re meant […]

Tea with Kevin Rose: Masala Chai, Samovar Breakfast Blend, Wuyi Oolong

Fresh baked breakfast scones and strong black tea go great together, and Kevin and I enjoy them as we  chat about how he got started with social media site Digg.com. He’s not running Digg any longer, but he’s still going strong in his love for tea, and, well on his way with his newest tech startup. […]

Tea and Chocolate Pairing – Video

Join me and Charles Chocolates founder Chuck Siegal as we dive deep into world class chocolate and how to taste it, how to discern good chocolate, and pairing it with our stellar teas. Learn about the finer details of what makes good chocolate so good with San Francisco entrepreneur Chuck as he joins me in sipping […]

Introduction to Samovar, the Movement

In this video I introduce the How and Why of Samovar Tea Lounge. Learn about how it came to be, how we embrace the “negative space” of art, music, and business. Offering our customers a space out of time, our business may look like a tea company, or restaurant, but in fact is a company […]

Zen & the Art of Life Management

Join me and my good friends, and role models Leo Babauta, author of the awesome blog Zen Habits, Four Hour Workweek author Tim Ferriss, and VP of the San Francisco Zen Center, Susan O’Connell as we have tea, and connect on the meaning of life, zen, and how to live with joy in a world […]

Tea Mavericks of America – Panel Discussion

(Complete video, approximately 1.5 hours) I recently had tea with these amazing guys, jointly responsible for making the tea market what it is today. Taking the time for tea and talk, these guys shared their experiences, insights, and their take on why tea is taking off today. CEO of Rishi Tea, Joshua Kaiser, Author James […]

Samovar Stories: Tea With Starters & Doers

Join me as I take the time to hang out and drink tea with some of the most inspiring and motivated people in the world today. Some household names, and some not, authors, thinkers, creators and doers – this trailer offers just a few highlights of the upcoming videos. So please do subscribe to RSS […]

Samovar Yerba Buena Live: Tea & Wine Tasting with Gary Vaynerchuk and Kevin Rose

The first ever wine and tea tasting with my friends Gary Vaynerchuk, Kevin Rose. Filmed live at Samovar in downtown SF, this episode features these teas: Downy Sprout, Gyukoro Inoka Hill, Ryokucha, Monkey Picked Iron Goddess of Mercy, Phoenix oolong, Hong Yue, and Blood Orange Pu-erh. And these wines: Shibumi Knoll Chardonay 2008 Shibumi Knoll Cab 2007 Kistler Sonoma […]

Tea and Honey

Tea and honey are classic pairings. This is a beautiful movie about modern day beekeeping in Brooklyn, NY. This six-minute film profiles Brooklyn farmer Megan Paska. Megan has witnessed beekeeping as it morphed from an illegal (and possibly crazy) habit to a sustainable, community-supported skill. Mirroring beekeeping’s own ascendance, she found more than just a […]

Video: Tea Mavericks of America

For those who missed the Tea Mavericks of America event or want to watch it again, enjoy this video recording!

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