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June Tea

Time for Blossoms to Explode! Summer is coming but the famous “coldest winter” winds seem to be early this year. While we wait for true Summer days to arrive in the land, we continue to sip cold weather teas with puer and turmeric, but this month we complement them with flowers and lemongrass to bring out the spring in their step.   And no Spring can be complete with sampling one of the quintessential fresh products of the year. Dragon Well fresh from the gardens, is what to taste in June. And we hope to find a way to let the promising green energy of the cup propell us to new heights as we face ever-increasing levels of what-next-ed-ness. May you...

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May Flowers

Happy May Day! Now that the sun rises early and the chill of morning begins to lessen we can focus on developing productive habits to carry us through the coming season of work. Whether enjoying a breakfast tea to get going in the morning, a fired oolong in the afternoon to renew the charge, or a turmeric and white tea tonic to recharge and refresh after efforts spent in the field, tea is good. May is a great month to begin forging a stronger appreciation for labor. Not only does the season demand an attitude of sowing, rebuilding, cleaning, and inventing, but it kicks off with one of the few internationally celebrated holidays on May 1 for all human laborers.  It...

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Waiting and Listening

It takes an embarrassing amount of effort to crack open the windows in our third-floor apartment. My dog chases the sun as it spills over the hard wood floors. As I stand by the window breathing in the sweet aroma of spring, I hear the silence of winter melting away. I observe the noise of keys dangling as people walk, birds hopping from branch to branch and music pouring from other open windows. I begin to prep my simple breakfast of eggs and toast, smiling as I listen to someone singing to Billie Holiday’s Easy Living.I prepare my cup of matcha green tea to help wake me for the day. The bright green color mirroring the regenerating grass below. Closing...

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April Showers

  Aries ushers in Spring with drive and conviction. During this final attempt of Winter to disrupt life, the first blushes of blossoms persist in their determination to add hope to the world. Our tea selection this month ranges upwards from a strong earthen base of puer to an energizing green burst of matcha and sencha and then finally up to sweet but ephemeral wafts of flowers and fresh green tea. Look for chances to sit with tea outside as the sun begins to shine down and melt away all the snow. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Puer mini bricks are the most perfect tea for camping that we can think of. Grab a few squares and take to the great outdoors as nature...

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Step by Step

  “How does anyone become anything…?” I ask hypothetically to my friend as she weaves with ease in and through traffic toward LAX. We had just been catching up the last two years of our lives when we both got quiet. She recently moved to a new city and is going through a breakup with her long-term boyfriend. I got married, moved across country and am still trying to figure out what to do with my life. In many ways, we are the same kids we were as bunkmates in college. “You just do it,” she laughs, “You just take the first step.” She tells me about this guy we know who was a Lyft driver for several years, and...

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