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Tea, Food and Culture Tour in the Azores

We’ve been asked many times, “When will you be offering a tea trip for customers?” Well, the time has come! We are offering a tour to the Azores of Portugal to include tea, food, wine, some walking, potentially some hiking, some geothermal hot springs and of course, culture! Register now to guarantee availability! The tea plantations in the Azores received their equipment and training in tea processing from China, the place of origin of tea, in 1883. Along with the […]

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Tea Journey: Sri Lanka 2020

View the photo gallery of our trip. Follow us on our travel blog and through Instagram Feb 28 – Mar 15! We’ll be traveling for tea to visit our suppliers of Earl Grey, Ceylon Tiger River, and Ceylon Adams Peak. Ceylon is the name given to Sri Lanka by the Portuguese Empire when it arrived in 1505, was transliterated into English as Ceylon. In 1972, its formal name was changed to “Free, Sovereign and Independent Republic of Sri Lanka” and in 1978, it was […]

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Video: Our Korean Teas

Our Tea Journey to South Korea, 2014. Learn about who makes our Korean black and green teas from Jukro Tea. Learn more about our tea journeys.

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2018 Taiwan Tea Journey

May 11-24, 2018 We traveled for tea, this time to Taiwan to connect with the farmers and producers of our most favorite oolong teas! Embarking on another tea journey, the owners of Dobrá Tea, a teahouse located at 89 Exchange St., Portland, will head to Taiwan for oolong plucking, production and sourcing of these cherished teas. For most of May owners Ellen Kanner and Ray Marcotte traveled with 10-12 other “Devoteas” from the US and Eastern Europe to connect with […]

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Always Environmentally Conscious

We aim to be as environmentally conscious in our day-to-day business dealings as possible. Several ways we do this: We shop two times per week for groceries from local purveyors. This affords little to no waste and we can adjust as necessary depending on the season and needs of the tearoom. We compost everything we can. Ellen has been a lifetime recycler, so she knows the value of Reduce-Reuse-Recycle -and compost!  Garbage to Garden is our partner in this effort. And we […]

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Tea Trip 2017 – India and Nepal

Mar – Apr 2017 Our recent trip for tea took us to India and Nepal, from the far eastern region of Assam tea territory near the border of Myanmar to the Taj Mahal, to the foothills of the Himalayas and the gardens of Darjeeling. Read more in our travel journals from India and Nepal.

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Green Tea – Benefits and Brewing it Hot or Chilled

Curious how to properly brew green tea? Wondering why your home-brewed green tea always tastes bitter? Unfortunately, we’ve been reduced to thinking green tea tastes awful and is always bitter. There’s a better way to brew it — no bags, only whole leaves for the best tasting brew! Here’s the rundown to get you to better-tasting green tea, and the health benefits associated with it. When it comes to brewing any tea, it’s all about tea, time and temperature! Get yourself […]

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Tea Journey, 2014 – South Korea and Japan

View Japan/Korea in a larger map Read more on our journey and see photos. Stay tuned for upcoming events and presentations.

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Meet our Nok Cha Supplier (video)

A video from our Nok Cha supplier and producer, Cho Yun Seok, of Jukro Tea Company. Great care is taken to create this fine tea, which is has several organic certifications including USDA Certified Organic.  

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Why Tea Is So Healthy for You (and How to Get the Most from Every Cup)

From LifeHacker” “Tea isn’t just a comforting and pleasant beverage, it also has remarkable healing properties—so much so that it’s deemed a sort of “wonder drink” that may be even healthier than drinking water. Here are all the ways drinking tea can lead to a healthier, longer life—and how to maximize both the enjoyment of the drink and its health benefits.” Read more.

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Masala Chai – At-home Brewing Instructions

>> Purchase our Masala Spice Blend and Assam CTC Black Tea (1 ounce of masala spices and 1 ounce of Assam CTC makes approximately 12, 8 ounce cups of chai & a Box of Masala (which contains 1.75 ounces of Assam CTC and 1.75 ounces of Masala spices in separate packets) makes approximately 20 cups). (This recipe makes about 3, 8 ounce cups – cut recipe in half for one large mug) Put 4 teaspoons of Masala spices in a medium […]

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Tulsi Holy Basil for Stress Relief

Instead of getting a prescription for your stress, consider trying a natural and sacred plant: holy basil. Also called tulsi, holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) is a sacred plant in India with strong, clove-like aroma and taste. It demonstrates a lack of toxicity and a variety of benefits, including reducing inflammation, protecting the body and brain from harmful effects of stress, and exerting a positive influence on mood. It is safe to use with pharmaceutical antidepressants. Dr. Weil’s colleague Jim Nicolai, […]

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