Social Tea – How to Create Warmth, Welcome and Community with Tea

Let me take you somewhere new for a moment. You’re in India on a crowded street first thing in the morning. Despite the early hour, the air is thick with humidity and that humidity locks all the smells in the air; the dust kicked up from the sidewalk, the spices boiling in the morning dal, and, on every corner you turn, the spicy sweet aroma of masala chai tea.

Let’s try a new place. We’re going to Morocco now. You’re by the ocean, sitting in a café overlooking the sea where you can smell the salt in the air. An elegantly adorner silver pot is put before you, suffused with the unforgettable aroma of sweet, mint green tea.

Maybe these places are too exotic for you. We can go to France instead, a city where the evenings are filled with music and the plates are decorated with pastries so beautiful it’s difficult to eat them. The tea is dark and familiar even if the sidewalks and architecture are relics of romanticized history.

These are a few examples, but no matter where you go in the world, tea has its own distinct culture. Despite the differences, there’s a common thread uniting these people, cultures, and histories across the globe and that’s community. Where there’ a hub for tea, there are people gathering to share ideas and enjoy each other’s companionship. No matter if you’re drinking tea in India, China, Japan, Pakistan, or right in your own home, you can embrace a world-wide culture of community.

Ever since I began drinking tea, it became bonded to my identity among close friends. If they came over to talk, they knew a pot of tea would be waiting. Sometimes they brought over little sweets in anticipation. All around the world tea houses and tea rooms are places for individuals of like and unlike minds to gather and converse, to laugh, and build a family outside of blood ties.

Inviting someone into your space and offering them a warm, comforting beverage shows an openness and trust that’s easy to respond to in kind. I’ve made countless friends and developed some of the deepest relationships of my life while sharing a cup of tea. It brings out the stories in people; It brings out the laughter. How could it not when tea itself has inspired countless legends- when it’s traveled so far through history to be in your cup?

With a few subtle touches, tea drinking can transform a cozy night into a romantic candlelit evening. Try adding dried rose petals to your favorite jasmine tea. The fragrance will fill the room without the need for heavy scented candles. (And it pairs great with chocolate.) Or, you can try your hand at making the Strawberry Rosé Latte which I’ll tell you how to make in just a bit. Trust me, it’s easier than you might think.

Strawberry Rosé Latte

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What you need:

  • 16 oz boiled water
  • 1 tbsp Strawberry Rose Oolong tea
  • Honey or Agave (about 1 tbsp if desired)
  • 4 oz milk of choice
  • Whipped cream
  • Dried rose petals
  • Dried strawberry pieces or powder
  • Lots of Love!

Steep the tea in the water for 3 minutes or longer if you like your tea strong as I do, and add the sweetener you like. While that’s brewing, froth your milk. If you don’t have a frother then heating it up will do just fine. Adding cold milk to tea is fine, but it will make the tea room temperature instead of hot.

Add it all together, and top with whipped cream, roses and strawberries.

This tea makes a great dessert, especially paired with chocolate covered strawberries. Not only is it sweet and warming, but the oolong tea will help you digest the dinner you likely had first.

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with friends or life partners, I hope you enjoy their company around your favorite tea knowing you’re following the example of cultures and communities around the world.

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Stay healthy and drink lots of tea.

Melissa ~ Tea Barista

Matcha Coconut Ice Cream

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Light, refreshing, and packed with antioxidants & fat-burning properties!

It’s impossible to imagine summer without ICE CREAM! We have an easy & healthy DIY ice cream recipe to share with you…Matcha Coconut Ice Cream. Try it with either Original Matcha or Raspberry Matcha.


Ingredients

  • 2 15oz cans of full fat coconut milk, refrigerated over night
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Matcha
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:
    • chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, cacao nibs, & shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  2. Mix together with an electric mixer or food processor until thoroughly combined.
  3. Line a freezer safe pan with parchment paper (we recommend a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan).
  4. Pour ice cream mixture into pan and cover with aluminum foil.
  5. Place in the freezer overnight to allow ice cream to fully freeze.
  6. Allow to sit on the counter for about 10 minutes to soften before serving. Enjoy!

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Drink Matcha, Stay Healthy

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MATCHA is truly a magical tea. It has numerous health benefits & is considered the healthiest green tea for you. It originates from Japan, and is the entire green tea leaf stone ground into a powder (matcha means powder in Japanese). One cup of MATCHA has 10 times the antioxidants of a regular cup of green tea.

MATCHA is a great alternative to coffee. It doesn’t increase blood pressure. And it also gives you long lasting energy without the caffeine crash & jitters like coffee. It contains an amino acid (L-theanine) that improves cognitive function, increases alertness, and promotes relaxation…also known as zenergy. Studies have shown MATCHA can offer many health benefits, read below to learn more!

15 REASONS TO DRINK MATCHA

  1. Boosts Metabolism
  2. Strengthens Immune System
  3. Antioxidant Rich
  4. Increases Endurance
  5. Promotes Healthy Skin
  6. Mood Enhancer
  7. Lowers Cholesterol
  8. Detoxifies
  9. Helps Prevent Cancer & Shrink Tumor Growth
  10. Stabilizes Blood Sugar
  11. Rich in Vitamin A, C, Iron, Potassium & Calcium
  12. Anti-Inflammatory
  13. Relieves Stress
  14. Burns Fat
  15. Improves Memory

 

Matcha Isn’t Just for Drinking!

Because MATCHA is a fine powder, you can cook with it too! Try some of our delicious recipes:

Year of The Rooster Celebration

We had a wonderful time kicking off The New Year with everyone this past Sunday at our Year of The Rooster Celebration. Thank you for sharing this special holiday with us!

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This year’s party a blast! Guests enjoyed free activities like

face-painting from, Tainted INC.

A moment to relax with massages & a Tai Qi demonstration from Aaron Weston, founder of Sacred Rhythm Healing

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Personalized free caligraphy from Mr. Pan Yong

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The night ended with a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony, by The Green Teahouse owner Ting. She shared her love of tea, culture & wisdom. It was a perfect way to end the celebration!

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Thank you for attending everyone. Wishing you all a healthy, happy & prosperous New Year!

Your Friends at The Green Teahouse

CHINESE NEW YEAR TRADITIONS:

The Chinese New Year is celebrated over the course of fifteen days. On New Year’s Eve families join together for a reunion dinner. They stay up all night playing games, & enjoying one another’s company. Each day has a special tradition! For example, on the first day of the new year families visit with older relatives such as grandparents & great-grandparents. You can read more about the daily traditions here.

YEAR OF THE ROOSTER FUN FACTS:

  • Born in 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, or 2005? Then you’re a rooster!
  • According to Chinese Zodiac, Roosters are courageous, hardworking, confident, honest, loyal & observant.
  • Lucky colors are yellow, brown & gold.
  • Lucky numbers are 5, 7 & 8.

 

5 Easy Ways to Get the Best Cup of Green Tea

Green Tea has become a highly popular beverage over the past years. Whether hot or iced, flavored or basic, full leaf or ground, Green Tea is widely recognized for it’s light, grassy taste and widely recognized health value. However, Green Tea is a very delicate leaf and requires some care when steeping to avoid an astringent or bitter taste after steeping.

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Here are five ways to get the very best cup of Green Tea: Continue reading