We just unpacked the latest shipment and it included a couple long-awaited teas. Golden Buds, a teahouse favorite, is back in stock. And after taking a year hiatus from our catalog, we’re pleased to have Shou Mei white back. This is the third category of white teas that we carry, made up of primarily large leaves and giving off a delightful chocolate aroma with the dried leaves. We are also pleased to have more travel jars in. These are a bit larger than our previous ones and made with better quality glass. They make great gifts for any tea lover. We’ll be highlighting some of these newer teas during our Friday tea tastings over the next couple weeks, so come down and give them a try.
We just got another shipment of 2011 teas. Among the recent arrivals are Lao Cong Shui Xian, both Rou Guis, Liu An Gua Pian, Misty New Top, and Snow Drop Jasmine. The Lao Cong Shui Xian, which was a teahouse favorite last year, once again has that toasty roasted flavor and long-lingering aftertaste. We look forward to diving into these teas in the next couple Friday afternoon tea tastings. Come and down and give them a try.
Tea is not just for drinking anymore. Cooks around the world are rediscovering the long tradition of using tea as an ingredient in dishes. In this talk, foodie and tea fanatic Suzanne Klein will show you how you can incorporate tea into recipes in the kitchen. Dumplings, eggs, cookies, and truffles are just a few of the items you can use tea with. You’ll go home with a number of recipes as well as a taste of a few delectable items Suzanne will make.
The talk is on Wednesday, November 16th, at 7 PM and it is free! Come hungry for some new and exciting recipes!
When your neighbor is possessed by a fox spirit, who you gonna call? The Daoist ghostbuster, of course. Chinese folklore is full of monsters: shapeshifting animals, hopping corpses, and stranger creatures. Tonight we’ll discuss Hell Month and the Ghost Festival, Pu Songling’s Tales from the Liaozhai, spirit weddings, Daoist exorcism, paper talismans, peachwood swords, and the mysterious hopping corpses of Xiāngxi.
Join us for a fun night of spooky stories and a glimpse at another culture’s spirit world. Some subject matter may not be appropriate for small children. M.H. Boroson studied Asian religions at Naropa. Recently he spent two years researching Chinese ghost stories for his book, City of Strangers.
The talk happens on Wednesday October 19th at 7 PM. The cost is free for humans; ghosts have to pay $25.
Ever been intrigued by the teas that bloom like flowers? Those are what are called display teas and they are currently on sale. These high quality teas come from Master Wang, an expert tea maker from the famed Huang Shan, or Yellow Mountain. His display teas are all hand-made from high quality green tea. We have four kinds and all four are now 20% off.
The September issue of Asian Avenue magazine focuses on Asian games, and in it they include a nice article about our mahjongg events. You can click here to read the article. Don’t forget that we play mahjongg on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 PM, and on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 6 PM. The cost is always $2 plus a pot of tea. Come join the party!
For many, tea bags are a convenience. From the far reaches of Asia to the gauchos of Argentina, to the steaming deserts of Arabia, to the caravan routes of Central Asia, tea bags have taken on more than just convenience, they are in some areas an art form with dazzling colors and insightful sayings. Robert Edison has been collecting tea bags for several years now, starting with Lipton, and moving on to over 3000 varieties since then. He will share some of his collection as well as stories about the various tea bags. Come explore the magic and mystery of tea drinking and collecting from around the world.
The talk will be on Wednesday, September 21st, at 7:00 PM and is free as always.
Starting on August 17th, we’ll be offering mahjongg on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 6 PM. The cost is the same, only $2 per person plus a pot of tea. Beginners have no fear. We will teach you how to play, as it’s very easy to learn. Bring a friend or two, or just bring yourself and we’ll fit you in to a table. No need for reservations, just pop on in. See you there!
Ever wonder what the difference between green and black teas really are? Or if white tea is really low in caffeine? Now you can find out these things and more. Teahouse owner Greg Fellman will be leading an introduction to tea class where you will learn how tea is made, what the production differences are, the importance of terroir, and you will taste a sampling from all the major categories of tea.
The class is on Saturday August 13th from 10 AM to noon. The cost is $30 and reservations can be made by calling the teahouse at 303-777-CUPS (2877).
Our regular tea ceremonies continue on Wednesday, August 3rd at 4 PM with the Gong Fu Tea ceremony. Perhaps the most exquisite and beautiful of the various tea ceremonies, the Gong Fu ceremony is a treat to all of the senses. You’ll get to experience oolong tea brewed in an yixing tea pot and learn what makes yixing clay so special. The cost for the ceremony is $15 per person plus tax. Space is limited. Reservations can be made at the teahouse or by calling 303-777-CUPS (2877).