Updates

Apr 6: Hiroko plays the Shamisen

Saturday, April 6, 7 – 7:40PM Hiroko Fogarty will play the Shimasen, a traditional Japanese stringed instrument. Hiroko performed the Japanese Tea ceremony at the tearoom which many folks will remember was quite a treat. Join us for this unique cultural performance. Free

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We have Gift Baskets and Gift Certificates

We have gift certificates and baskets here for the holiday season, perfect for the tea lover or tea aficionado! Gift baskets are available in $20-60 price ranges. Gift certificates are available in any denomination $5 and up.

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Gong Fu Ceremony with Wei Jia

From our recent Oolong tea class, this 20 minute video shows Wei Jia who was trained in tea school in Beijing,China.   Gong Fu from Dobra Tea Portland on Vimeo.

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China Tea Journey 2012: Map, Itinerary & Photos

See the slideshow. On April 17 at 6AM, Ray hopped on a plane bound for the tea fields of China.  With little more than a 2600 cu in. backpack, he started his trek in Kunming and ended the journey 35 days later in Shanghai’s tea markets. Through photos, videos, and a map, we document our first trip to China for tea. Though Ray did pack very light, photos taken with a small camera and an ipod Touch for timely updates […]

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China Tea Journey 2012: Photos from the Road

See the slideshow in larger format and without using Flash. Images shown in order of newest first.

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First Friday May: Photographs from Tea Countries

In the artist’s words: “These photos were taken in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka in the late 1970s on a number of trips I made there as a photographer, a stringer for the Black Star photo agency. I was fortunate enough to spend a number of years in many parts of Asia in my twenties after studying photography and anthropology at Bennington College in Vermont. I liked wild places, and looked for beauty in the primitive and often harsh […]

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Three cups of tea a day ‘protects against heart problems and diabetes’

“Great news: In terms of the delivery of antioxidants, two cups of tea is said to be the equivalent to five portions of vegetables” Drinking just three cups of tea a day may protect against heart attacks and type 2 diabetes, claim researchers. A review shows regular drinking of black tea, with or without milk, can reduce the risk of heart  problems by cutting levels of bad cholesterol and blood sugar. Read more from The Daily Mail.

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Feb 12: Discover The Nuances of Black Tea

Sunday, February 12, 10am-12pm Six countries, nine tea tastings – Savor Chai and dark, malty Indian Assam, delicate Darjeeling, Sri Lankan low-mountain, Kenyan flowery orange pekoe, and roasted Rize from Turkey. Travel to China for two smokey blacks: Qi Hong and Lapsang Souchong, and to the Nepalese side of the majestic Himalayas for silver tips with a flowery finish. All are welcome to join, and no prior knowledge of tea is required. This workshop will be led by our experienced […]

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Feb 26: Uncovering the Mysteries: Pu’er Tea Class

Sunday, February 26, 10am-12pm With this introductory class to Pu’er, journey back to the birthplace of all tea. With Pu’er you can taste the heart of the Chinese Jungles and walk the original paths of the Tea Horse Road through Tibet and the Himalayas.  In the class we will experience this through a sampling of multiple Pu’ers and with pictures from our Travels into the heart itself.  We will discuss history, processing, definitions, terminology and varieties, all the while brewing […]

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Special Treat: Mar 11 & 12 – Japanese Tea Tasting with Our Tea Supplier from Japan

Join us for a very special Japanese Tea Tasting!   Dobrá Tea’s supplier, master and friend, Mr. Masahiro Takadasan is visiting from Japan. He has created a new type of Japanese Tea Ceremony – Chakabuki that he would like to share with you. Five different Japanese teas will be presented including Happy Tea demonstration, tea infusing and eating, roasting Hojicha Cherry Blossom Sencha and a DVD video about Japanese tea harvesting, Matcha and The Norther Japan Tsunami Relief Report. A […]

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Jan 6 & 13: Japanese Tea Ceremony with Hiroko

Friday, January 6, 7-7:30 PM, and Friday, January 13, 7-7:30 PM Join us for a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, also known as Chanoyu, with Hiroko Fogarty. Hiroko is a local Portland resident who is well acquainted with the traditional ways of the Japanese tea ceremony.  This ceremonial presentation of matcha, a powdered Japanese tea, is a choreographed ritual of preparing and serving the tea. The whole process is not about drinking tea, but is about aesthetics, preparing a bowl of […]

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Tea + Craft Fair – Donation Update

UPDATED: The group of crafters participating in this year’s fair has chosen HART as the recipient of the funds raised for an organization. Forty dollars was given to HART based on what was raised at the craft fair as a percentage of total sales, approximately 7%. We are thankful to have an organization such as HART helping the animals that it does in our community! As part of the Shop For A Cause Day, another forty dollars was donated from […]

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