December 19, 2016

Yerba Mate

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Mate, also known as Yerba mate is a traditional caffeine rich infusion from South America. In Argentina it is defined by law as the “national infusion.” It is also very popular in Bolivia, parts of southern Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay.  Yerba Mate is traditionally served in a hollowed calabash gourd and sipped from a metal straw called a bombilla.  Yerba Mate is meant to be shared and oftentimes you’ll find groups of friends sipping from one gourd.  Though high in caffeine, yerba mate is usually free of the sort of caffeine crash one would typically experience after drinking a copious amount of coffee.  The effects of caffeine from mate are also said to last much longer than coffee.

 

Tea of the Week: G08 Golden Roman

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Introducing our Tea of the Week: G08: Sumptuous green tea and ginger go together nicely, ginger and peaches go together nicely, so we put them all together. Nicely. Come visit us Monday through Sunday to receive 20% off an order of G08.
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Quick Story

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Quick story:
“When I first had real tea it was a shared experience. I had only really had a lipton iced tea or maybe a snapple from time to time whenever the quickie market was out of some other sugary beverage I was craving. It was winter and I was in D.C. A roomate of mine was quietly brewing a pot of something that smelled like a flower garden after a heavy rain. There were seven of us living in a shared house but me and another roomate, a young woman in her early 20s, were home at the moment. “Hey, come here,” she said. “I can’t drink this alone.” “What is that?” I asked. “It’s a Japanese green tea with jasmine petals. It doesn’t matter, sit down.” I sat. She placed a small cup in front of me and lifted the teapot over it, pouring the liquid carefully. I watched the steam rising off the surface. “Smells nice, huh?” It did. “I used to have tea with my grandmother all the time,” she admitted. “She was a darjeeling fan, she was into the strong stuff. Me, I like it a little bit lighter, more floral. Drink!” I lifted the cup to my lips and drank, and as I drank the hours slipped away into a million conversations, daydreams, and shared laughter. We must have had three pots of tea that night. I honestly can’t recall the taste of the tea, it’s properties, if it was more bitter or sweet, or perfect. What I took with me that night was the lesson of tea. The whole philosophy behind that wonderful plant is this— the beauty of life disguises itself in simplicity all of the time, right under our noses. Just like the taste of tea it is not overtly flagrant nor underwhelming. It was someone making the effort to call me from my instagram/facebook reverie in the living room to enjoy a moment of unadulterated humanity in the dining room with her. It is the act of sharing itself.”

 

November 4, 2016

Quick Fact!

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Quick fact:
Tea bricks are blocks of whole or finely ground black tea, green tea, or post-fermented tea that have been packed into molds and pressed into blocks. This was the most commonly produced form of tea in ancient China as it was easy to store, transport and retained potency and flavor for longer periods than loose leaf. Many provinces and merchants used them as a form of currency. Tea bricks can be scrapped with a razor or sharp edge and what breaks off can be brewed into tea.

 

Silver Needle Pekoe is Back!

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The wait is over! Welcome back our Silver Needle Pekoe (W06) white tea. A deliciously mellow white tea with a jasmine fragrance and taste that’s been a customer favorite since our inception.

 

Thai Tea Is Here!

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Thai tea, also known as Thai iced tea, is a drink made with strongly brewed black tea, sweetened with a bit of condensed milk, with a little evaporated milk mixed in. You can top it off with your choice of milk to give a bit of a creamier, dreamier edge to it. This drink is sweet, smooth, homey, slightly spiced (in the tasty pumpkin spiced latte kind of way, not in the burn your mouth kind of way). Simultaneously invigorating and relaxing, and incredibly delicious. This is the newest member to our beverage family so it’s not on the menu yet, but don’t hesitate to ask any of us for one :)

 

Rooibos

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Rooibos is a tisane made from the aspalathus linearis bush plant that is found in South Africa. It is naturally caffeine-free and has a plethora of health benefits which include alleviating headaches, helping with insomnia, a good premature aging combatant (rooibos is naturally packed with antioxidants). Our rooibos are under the

 

The Power of Matcha

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Quick facts about matcha:
MATCHA IS packed with antioxidants including EGCg, it boosts metabolism and burns calories, detoxifies naturally and effectively, calms the mind, relaxes the body, it’s rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins. It enhances mood, aids in concentration, provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. It helps prevent disease, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, not to mention it tastes great. But don’t take our word for it, research it and see for yourself. Or better yet, come to Small Tea and experience it first hand.

 

The Three Teas

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Our secret stash (off the menu)! Top to bottom: Gyokuro (Japan), Genmaicha (Japan), Darjeeling First Flush (India). Local tea lovers, if you haven’t tried these rare and unique teas yet we highly encourage you to do so. Gyokuro is a very high grade, carefully processed Japanese green tea with a slightly sweet and vegetal taste. Genmaicha is a classic Japanese green blended with toasted brown rice, an excellent accompaniment to our Japanese salad! And Darjeeling First Flush is a rare black tea from India with green tea qualities and a very unique and refreshing taste, excellent for mornings (or anytime, really). Don’t be shy, go ahead and ask us for the good stuff.

 

October 21, 2016

Quick Fact!

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Quick fact: Though all teas (black, oolong, green, white) are beneficial for your health, it’s green tea that has the best reputation for fighting heart disease, combating certain forms of cancer and diabetes, and helping with the lowering of cholesterol. Though some findings are disputed, there’s no doubt between both health professionals and avid tea drinkers that a cup of green tea a day will do you good. Cheers! ?: @silvanatrevale