Matcha, Matcha, Matcha…

Side by side

Side by side

Our July 4th Matcha tasting was a huge hit, and it was overwhelmingly agreed that our new matchas from Hattori Farms, via Tealet are well worth the extra price.

“I finally found a matcha I like”

and, others said “I’ve never tried matcha because I didn’t realize how easy it is.”

As well as selling Hattori matchas in affordable quantities, we will continue to carry our current organic, premium grade matcha – great for lattes and cooking (though higher quality than common cooking grade).  We served this one at Maplewood’s “Let Them Eat Art” festival on 7/8, and it was a great opportunity to turn more tea drinkers on to the flavor and health benefits of this green wonder [the First Green Drink].

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This photo image by Mallory Stammer

Short Notice for weekend tea sharing, and meet & greet….

5/13/16 Special Notice:

Saturday, at Tower Grove Farmers Market:
Rie Tulali, from Tealet (our Farmer Direct tea source) will be helping out in our booth, and cupping some Tealet teas.  Rie is fresh from her recent trip to Taiwan and China, meeting with farmers and learning and sharing about tea production. You want to take this opportunity if you can.
We will also be serving some of their teas that we carry [Houjicha toasted green tea from the Kinezuka family in Japan; and Black Beauty Orthodox Assam from Heritage Tea Estates].

Then, this Sunday 5/15/16, at 2:30 in our shop, we will have an extra special cupping session of several new teas that we are evaluating to possibly carry….”extra special” because Rie will still be with us, sharing her expertise and knowledge*….all for the usual price of $12 per person (includes 20% discount off of tea purchases made that day).  *Note, we will sadly not have the elaborate setup shown in this photo of Rie
Seating limited to 8 guests. Click here to prepay and reserve your seat.

Groundhog Day – Early Spring?!

We in the St. Louis area have been without a local prognosticator for too long. In the spirit of Punxsutawney Phil and Shubenacadie Sam, we are introducing Maplewood Molly.groundhog

Maplewood Molly agrees with her Eastern brothers, predicting an early spring.

To celebrate, and warm you through the remaining weeks of winter, we are offering Buy One/Get One specials in our shop this week only (Tues 10-6, Wed 11-6, Thursday 3-7, Friday 10-5).

Buy a cup of tea, get a 2nd cup of equal or lesser value FREE. Buy 1 or 2 oz of looseleaf tea, get additional 1-2 oz free (equal or lesser value). Limited to stock on hand.

Cheers!

Teas to Schlafly Market

Tomorrow at the Schlafly Winter Market (8:30-Noon) I will have and expanded selection (vs. what I have been bringing to Tower Groves).  Will mostly be 1oz packages, and some 2oz.  Of course, the shop is just a few blocks away for anything else.

Featuring: Aztec Spice (chocolate with chili flakes) and Post Tox (for over-indulgingholiday_thanksgiving_header to come), and 1 or 2 of our Farmer Direct teas – these are really spectacular hand-crafted teas, available in quite affordable quantities.

I will also have a small selection of brewing accessories, and I hope to have a few packages of pumpkin tea, and cranberry spice (if you missed it at Wash U yesterday).

Happy Thanksgiving!

Notes and reminders….

We will be serving Pumpkin Ginger Spice this Saturday at Market….may have a few packages for sale.  We launched our first batch at Schlafly Pumpkin Festival on 10/17/15 and sold out.  Pre-order now to be sure you get some. 20151029_165556

Saturday (Halloween), we will have a limited number of gluten/grain-free (and vegan!) cupcakes from Range Free available for sale at the Tower Grove Market and our shop. Flavors: chocolate, vanilla, and/or her most popular  (so far) lemon tiger cupcakes.

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Many new Tealet (Farmer Direct Trade teas) will be arriving in our shop soon

Our Next sampling session will be Sunday, 11/8/15 3pm (note the later time), we’ll be tasting and discussing several of our custom herbal blends, some other decafs, and varied health benefits.

The next Tealet sampling will be of green teas, including some from Malawi. Sunday 11/15/15 2pm

Tasting sessions are: $15 at the door, $12 prepaid in advance (click here to prepay) ….includes 20% off any purchase made that day

 

Tea Service 10/2-10/4/15

NOTE: This Saturday at Tower Grove Market, Galen & Mallory will ONLY be SERVING tea (I will return with our regular Market booth on 10/10)

I will be serving tea in the Food Court at the Best of Missouri Market from Friday evening through Sunday evening.  Additionally, I will be serving KUVA coffee AND chai hot chocolate

These are the teas we will be serving at TGFM & Best of MO (all teas available hot or iced):

Breakfast Assam, CTC cut OG/FT

Pinhead Gunpowder Green OG

Citrus Soother OG

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Mallory will be serving and selling Mauhaus No6 at Pets in the City “Dogtober Fest” on Fri 10/2 4-6pm PLUS previewing this year’s Pumpkin Ginger Spice (taking pre-orders) AND Dark Chocolate Mint (she may have some packages of this for sale…otherwise it will not be available until late October or early November.

FREE SHIPPING – Online purchases

Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed our tea at the Scottish Games and/or Strange Folk Festivals 20150925_165854

Due to our electrical needs we had unfortunate booth location at Strange Folk Festival this past weekend, and being short staffed had to leave early on Sunday as well ….

To accommodate the many of you who regularly buy from us at this event but COULD NOT FIND US (or couldn’t make it) – we are offering FREE SHIPPING for online purchases through 10/10/15.  
ADDITIONALLY, if you come in to the shop on Tuesday or Wednesday (9/29 & 9/30 only) and tell Galen you missed us at Strange Folk, he will give you 5% off your purchase.

Tea at the Market – Revised! – Effective Immediately

Now that our shop has been open in Maplewood for 2-1/2 years we’ve noticed sales ofcar looseleaf tea at the Tower Grove Market to have dropped considerably, AND we’ve started a new program of selling looseleaf in bulk at the shop IF You Bring Your Own Container.

So, in an effort to control inventory costs, as we keep adding new teas (more than 100 available flavors and varieties now!), we are cutting back on what we Bring to Market.  [Truth be known, I’m getting tired of hauling so many boxes around (after doing this for 7 years) ]

There is a core selection of about 25+/- best sellers that we will ALWAYS have in 1 & 2 ounce packages, plus some seasonal flavors.  Additionally, each week we will bring packages of the teas we are serving that week and a selection of 3-4 “Featured teas”.

We will continue to bring Travel Sizes of the full range of our teas, so you can continue to have a cup brewed to order.

The listing of “Always Carry” and “Teas of the week” will be posted on a new page on our website. If you will be visiting the Market and want to pick up YOUR favorites (in any size), please call the shop by 2pm on Friday 314 647 8832 so we can be sure to bring it.

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Note for Wash U Market – Galen will have the “Always Carry” + the featured teas in 1 & 2oz sizes AND will still have FULL range of tea selection in 1 ounce sizes only.

Tealet Sampling Schedule

Sunday 10/11/15

2pm – Sample Oolong teas 

Grower: Goe Tea, Nantou County, Taiwan

Zhushan Oolong – A floral, fruity tea with savory undertones and a silky but full texture. A great representative of Taiwanese oolong tea, with its layers of flavor and large, full leaves of great quality. Soft but sweet aftertaste and lingering aroma. From Alfredo Lin of Goe Tea. Nantou, Taiwan.   If you wish to order, Pricing: $10/1 ounce, $17/2 ounce, $30/4 ounce

Grower: Mountain Tea, Nantou County, Taiwan

Mountain Milk Oolong – Milk Oolong is a green oolong from Nantou County, Taiwan. The Jin Xuan cultivar, meaning “Golden Lily”, was developed in Taiwan in the 1980s to make a soft and creamy tea. Different cultivars have their own unique qualities.

Scented with natural milk flavor, the tea has a fresh, sweet, creamy flavor and a smooth, full texture. It has the beautiful flowery fragrance that is typical of Taiwanese oolong. The aroma and aftertaste are long-lasting, and there is a soothing cool sensation in the throat.  It is a popular tea for dessert lovers and the tea-drinking sweet tooth! It is also a perfect gift for the novice tea drinker, or to help replace a milk and sugar tea habit.

 If you wish to order, Pricing: $11.50/15gm decorative tin

Grower: PT Harendong, Banten Indonesia

Banten Honey Oolong – A balled oolong with medium oxidation. Fragrant and flavorful, the profile includes a sweet-tart roasted chestnut flavor and a refreshing, cooling mint finish. Because of the semi-ball style, this tea is best experienced over multiple short infusions, with its full complexity and depth unfurling along with the leaves.  If you wish to order, Pricing: $7/1 ounce, $12/2 ounce, $21/4 ounce

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$12 in advance, $15 at the door

Reserve your seat HERE.

In addition to sampling Great teas, you will receive 20% off all purchases made day of the event, as well as a coupon for savings on a future purchase.
Due to the handcrafted nature of these teas, you will be sampling several infusions of each tea; experiencing the nuances of each steep, and enjoy tea the way the tea spirits intended.  

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Upcoming Sampling dates:

Sunday 10/25 2pm – all Black teas from India & Nepal
Help us narrow the field to select a specialty handcrafted tea from Assam and/or Nepal

Sunday 11/08 3pm – Herbal and decaf blends, with a focus on our custom blends

November date tbd – Green teas

Date tbd – Tea & Cheese Pairing at Larder & Cupboard

Sharing Good Tea in Columbia MO

My daughter is opening Range Free – an allergen-free bakeshop and cafe in downtown Columbia MO this Fall, and she will (of course) be serving our tea!

With a varied menu of tasty food, made from scratch with the highest quality ingredients, Range Free will appeal far beyond the “free from” crowd. Range Free will give people with and without allergies an opportunity to share meals together!

Gluten & Grain Free Shirley Temple cupcakes          Grain-free pizza (yeast-free, too!)

Once she is open, we will also be able to regularly bring in allergen free foods for you here in St. Louis, to pick up at our shop or at Markets.  I will be able to share a menu of options soon.  Please let me know what foods you are missing and would like us to share with you.

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