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Appreciate the Bleak

Winter.Appreciate the icy cold bleakness and sleep deeply through the abundance of darkness.Retreat to your warm hearth with your loved ones and recuperate from the struggles of the year.We’re celebrating teas ancient, fragrant, and classic this month to share with friends during holiday gatherings. Try Old Tree Green Puer Cake from a well seasoned clay pot if you have one. Pearl Jasmine is best to watch blossom in clear glass teaware or a simple white gaiwan to show off the delicate leaves. Our Lavender Grey is a regular proper tea to bring out for whoever you want to impress. Peace & Love

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Umami Mart and Far Leaves Tea develop morning and evening blends with Japanese spin.

Umami Mart and Far Leaves Tea We spent last Spring and Summer perfecting a couple very special blends. One, Ohayo tea, as a morning substitute for coffee. Its blend chicory and hojicha produces a robust infusion to get the day started. For evening relaxation we did a crazy thing with purple shiso leaves that screams umami in flavor, and Umami Mart in character. Oyasumi tea which sooth and excite simultaneously somehow.   You can get these teas at Far Leaves shop in Berkeley, here on the web, or at Umami Mart in Old Town Oakland. We hope you'll enjoy as much as we do.    

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Tea Break Mnemonic

when triggered by fight or flight reflex try to let it gotry to embrace things with loving compassion imagine you have just been handed a fresh sip of steaming hot tea first breathe in the fragrance through your nose and down into your being breathe deeply into your center and then let form a smile with yourself as you exhale on the second breath in, sip the tea and imagine the flavor upon your tongue and inside your mouth feel the warmth of the tea as it flows down into your center and energizes your spirit from within let your smile grow larger as you completely exhale raise your eyes up to the world as you inhale the third time smile, relax, and...

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Fall is Coming

Summer heat and turbulence show no signs of letting up.Brace yourself this month with some energetic teas to light the fire up within yourself, to sweeten life’s journey, and to take nourishing tonics.We can’t fight all the battles, but we can make sure our own being is well cared for. Enjoy Old Tree Red Tea from Yunnan, poly-phenol rich Wenshan Baozhong from Taiwan, and our own blend of restorative roots and berries.Take good care.use discount code "aid" this month to get 10% off your purchase which we'll match another 10% in donation to whichever natural disaster is biggest at the end of the month.  

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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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