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    BTB: Ranger's Blend

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    Today's episode of Behind the Blend features my personal favorite of our RPG character class collection: Ranger's Blend!


    The inspiration for each character class blend is an archetype, rather than any specific character. Rangers are sly, observant, and physically dexterous. They have a close relationship with the forest, a kinship with the natural world.


    D&D Dungeons and Dragons green tea fandom blend
    Toasty green mélange of foresty delish.

    Green...

    Six True Types of Tea

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    We get asked a LOT what the difference is between white tea and black tea, herbal tea and green tea, and so on. The world of tea is mysterious and a lot of you want to learn more, so let's start with the basics!

    True tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Always. Any infusion made from the leaf, stem, root or whatever other part of any other plantfalls into the "tisane" category, also known as...

    Teafest PDX Recap

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    A fair number of you first encountered our tea company at NW Tea Festival, an awesome Seattle-based festival that launched in 2007 and has only grown bigger and better each year since. Newer to the tea festival scene is Tea Fest PDX. This Portland festival only just had its third year, but is so put-together and well structured that I would have thought it was an event with 5-7 years under its...

    Farm Spotlight: Hattori Family Matcha!

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    Yoshiaki Hattori stands with his tea plants under a solar shade screen

    Meet Yoshiaki Hattori, sustainable tea visionary and crafter of some of the finest matcha we've ever tasted. The Hattori facility (Tenryu Agri-Farms) resides in Shizuoka, Japan, a region probably best known for its beautiful scenery, delicious food and hugetrade in green tea. In fact, this prefecture grows 40% of the green tea...

    BTB: Rohan's Research Blend

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    For today's episode of Behind the Blend, I am delighted to highlight our first ever Chari-tea: Rohan's Research Blend!

    Rohan's Research Blend

    Rohan is a delightful neighborhood kiddo whose mother approached me to request a custom tea to benefit the medical research organization with which she is involved. The Association for Creatine Deficienciesis "a nonprofit organization dedicated to the three...

    Flavors and Colors for Spring

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    As the days lengthen and the clouds clear away, I've been finding myself holding back spontaneous laughter bubbling in my chest, itching to move, overflowing with inspiration. Are you feeling the same way? Here in the PNW, winter is dark, grey, dreary and a real slog to get through. Today may be equinox, the true first day of spring, but I've noticed for a week or two now that people's steps have...

    Friday's Holiday Gift Guide!

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    'Tis the season for thoughtful gifts and quality time spent with friends and family! We at Friday Afternoon are firm believers in the uniting powers of tea. What better way to show love than with one of the world's oldest social beverages? Cozy, flavorful and dripping with personality! I have taken a bit of time as we move into the holiday season to personally curate for you a list of delicious...

    Website Upgrades Galore!

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    We've been busy bees behind the scenes for some months now, improving our website for your perusing and purchasing pleasure. New features include:
    • 1 oz. option now available for all products
    • Brewing suggestions now included on all product pages
    • Decaf options now available for many products
    • ALL RETIRED TEAS ARE BACK. Every. Single. One. (seasonal teas remain seasonal.)
    • Products are now sorted by...

    Feliz Día de Muertos, amores!

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    Hola, mi gente!

    En este año, mantenernos ocupado en forjar un centro de comunidad para todos. En nuestro salón de té, eres siempre bienvenido. Eres siempre querido. Eres siempre seguro aqui. En el espíritu de amistad, amor y comunidad, nos tu deseamos un muy muy feliz Día de Muertos! Que tu familia viajar bien y tu ofrenda brilla!

    Mucho amor,
    Friday y el #TeaSquad


    Hello, neighbors!

    We've been keeping...

    It's that time of year!

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    It's time, friends. Summer is rapidly drawing to a close and Fall is making itself known in the cool mornings and subtle bite in the air. Seattle is starting to grow its clouds a little darker and a little more gloomy, and like most Northwesterners, we loveit. Seattleites have a tradition of jumping the gun when it comes to Fall. The second any color shows on the edges of our maple leaves, out...

    Big Move for Friday Afternoon Tea

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    Hello, friends!

    For the past several months I have been secretly (Well, not so secretly. I'm terrible at keeping my own secrets.) working on a huge project. Very happy to announce the great news that we have split-branded! This sub-brand means moving our medicinal teas to a new line: New Apothecary. This will serve to focus our main line (Friday Afternoon) on our unusual single origin and fandom...

    5 Ridiculously Tasty Summer Sips

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    Here in Seattle, we just hit full-on summer. June-uary is over and we are facing days hovering around 80°F for the next few months. Seattlites are renowned whiners when it comes to weather over 70° (Don't make that face, Lauren. You know it's true.), so we've got you covered with some fantastic summer bevvie ideas.

    #1: Shaken Iced Tea
    Really want to elevate your iced tea game? It's as simple as...

    What exactly IS caffeine?

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    We love our caffeine. In the US alone, we consume upward of 970 tons of caffeine annually. Caffeine is just a fact in our day-to-day. Sodas, coffee, tea, even caffeinated soap is now a thing. Ok, so we love the stuff. But what exactly is it?

    Caffeine Molecule
    In layman's terms, caffeine is a psychoactive drug, classified as a stimulant which effects the central nervous system. When ingested, it...

    BTB: Bioluminescence

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    On today's episode of Behind the Blend, I'm going to take you through the synesthetic taste experience of one of our prettiest blends: Bioluminescence.

    Those of you that are familiar with my blending process already know, but for the folks just joining us, let me tell you a little bit about my work. I have a rare neurological oddity known as Lexical-Gustatory Synesthesia. Now, synesthesia itself is...

    Some Categories of Medicinal Herbs

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    Medicinal Herb Exploration

    Herbal remedies are categorized by application. Here are a few of the most common categories and some examples of herbs that fit them!




    Anti-Inflammatory
    This group is comprised of plants that release soothing compounds into the body to reduce inflammation. Examples include circumen (found in turmeric), zingerone (ginger), flavonoids (tea, chili peppers), cinnamaldehyde...

    Guest Post: Chamomile Lemon Shortbread

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    Today's guest post comes to us from Ben, who we hope will share more of his fabulous recipes in future! -Friday


    I’m a bit of a tea obsessive. What started as an (unhealthy) addiction to coffee, has now seen me
    change lanes to tea. And with this change, I’ve always tried to get creative with my tea use. From 
    putting together therapeutic cups of turmeric tea, to using tea bags as a way to battle my...

    How much caffeine is too much?

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    Espresso, matcha, yerba mate, hot cocoa...even some soaps and lotions contain caffeine! We encounter the stuff every day, and as a society, we love it. But how much caffeine is too much?

    For starters, why do we even need to moderate caffeine? What's the big deal?
    Caffeine is a highly addictive substance, like sugar or cocaine, according to studiesby many institutions. It doesn't take a lot to...

    Cold Brew Season!

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    It's that time of year, friends! All the coffee shops here in Seattle are bragging about their cold brews again, and we refuse to sit out on the fun. Did you know you can cold brew your tea for the same smooth, delicious, lightly sweet results that have people obsessing over their summer coffees? Totally true and totally easy.
    Feel free to download this infographic!

    Cold brewing is fab. Just throw...

    Our new tea tasting series!

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    Hello!

    This month we are pleased to announce our first educational tasting series here at the tea room. Join us Thursday evenings at 5:30pm for a guided journey through the world of tea! I will personally be serving teas from various categories and regions and leading a discussion on the science, history and culture behind different teas. These are free events, though of course we encourage you to...

    Mental Health Awareness Month

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    Hello, friends.

    I'd like to take a moment to remind you that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We generally keep things pretty light and fun here at Friday Afternoon Tea, but today I'd like to chat on a more serious note. Just about everyone I know struggles with their mental health to some degree. I've lost my best friend to suicide and seen others I love battle Bipolar Disorder, depression,...

    Top Ten Uses For Your French Press

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    The french press in its natural habitat
     Oh french press, how we love thee. These handy dandy suckers are great for more than just brewing up yummy loose leaf tea and coffee! Read our top ten ways to get the most out of your french press around the house.

    10. Squeeze excess water out of veggies. Thawing out frozen spinach for a lasagna recipe? Just put it in your french press and let the plunger...

    BTB: Raise the Dead

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    Today's episode of Behind the Blend may feel a bit out of season, but it's a particularly chill and blustery April morning and I've been thinking a lot about death and seasonal shifts lately. So, for today's foray into synesthetic perception, I would like to introduce you to an old Friday Afternoon fave: Raise the Dead. 


    Raise the Dead

    The inspiration:This blend was originally commissioned by our...

    April showers bring new teas!

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    That's how that saying goes, right? Right...

    Yes, my friends, we have exciting new products in stock! Now available online and in-store for your gifting and personal consumption:

    The General's Jasmine
    Keemun Mao Feng
    Kenyan Purple Tea
    Single-Estate Matcha
    Four Seasons Taiwanese Oolong
    Green Earl Grey

    We also have some new geeky blends in development. They're a secret for now, but look forward to a...

    April is exciting!

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    First, a quick reminder that the tea room will be CLOSED next Wednesday-Friday, April 11-13 as it's time for our annual trip back home to California wine country. We'll be open again Saturday the 14th at 9am and will resume business as usual from there.


    There is just SO much happening this month at the tea shop! We've got coming your way...

    New Products
    This weekend we'll be getting in stock:
    • Kenyan...

    What we're about: a guide for new & old friends

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    In the wake of the recent Adagio Teas scandal, we've received hundreds of new followers and customers over the last two days. Our email is blowing up and I can barely keep up with social media conversations! This is a great problem to have, though I do hope you'll all bear with me if order processing and email response are a hair slower than usual.

    This seems like an ideal time for an introduction...

    Retiring Blends

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    To make room for more unusual single-origin leaf and popular blend collections, we'll be retiring a few of our teas at the end of March. Let's call it Spring Cleaning!

    Teas being retired as of March 31st:

    Supernatural

    Sega/Nintendo

    Battlestar Galactica

    Sto...

    Guest Post - Harrison of Milk and Leaf Co.

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    Hello!

    My name is Harrison and I'm an avid ice cream maker who a bit ago began focusing on making specifically tea infused ice cream. I live in the East Fremont/Wallingford neighborhood and recently was asking some questions about tea while at the shop. After a very helpful exchange, and a returned sample of the results, Friday suggested I make a guest blog post to share my story and give a recipe...

    Common Tea Questions

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    Today we'll answer some frequently asked questions in the tea industry.
    These are queries I have received repeatedly over the years, so don't worry. You're not alone in wondering how to Tea!


    https://fridaytea.com/products/makaibari-estate-darjeeling

    How much leaf should I use?
         Depending on the cut of the leaf, the quantity of water and the method of brewing. As a general rule of thumb, start with a teaspoon of leaf per 8 oz. of water. With larger cut...

    Late Winter Cocktail Recipes

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    Hello and happy mid-February, lovelies!

    Earlier this week, my dear friend Rebecca (owner/operator of The Shrubbery) and I co-taught a mocktail/cocktail workshop here at the tea room. It was a fabulous success and a grand time was had by all. We intend to run this as a seasonal event, with new recipes tailored for each time of year!

    As promised, here are the recipes from this event. Enjoy, and let us...

    Behind the Blend: Murray Creek

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    Today's featured blend dissection holds a very deep special place in my heart. This was the first blend I ever developed. It was also inspired by my late grandmother, Ann K. Elliott.

    Grandma Annie with my cousin Ayla in 2012  

    My Grandma Annie was an incredible woman and a huge part of my youth and upbringing. When I was little we lived in central California and most of my formative memories happened...

    Shop Update

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    First of all, a HUUUUGE thank you to all our friends who have contributed to our GoFundMeand bought truly obscene quantities of bulk tea on our site. Thanks to you all, we've made a lot of progress toward resolving our construction debt crisis. We managed to negotiate a couple extra weeks of time with the contractors, so our new immediate debt deadline is February 23rd. We're now only short by...

    Trouble in Paradise

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    A little over a year ago, we ran a super successful Kickstarter campaign to open up our nerdy tea shop in Wallingford, Seattle. Everything went great and we have indeed opened a fantastic spot that is rapidly becoming a favorite source of tea and community in the neighborhood. Our revenues are right on track with projections and things look sunny for our future.

    Unfortunately...

    Due to a series...

    Spotlight: Golden Yunnan

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    We talk a lot about blends here, due to my unique process and how fun they are. Today I'd like to focus on my realpassion: beautiful single-origin leaf. If you've ever chatted with me about tea, you no doubt know how worked up I get about ethical sourcing and ingredient quality. I'm sure you wouldn't be following my blog if you didn't have at least a passing interest in drinking The Good Stuff, so...

    Versatile Medicinal Herbs

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    With planting season coming up (we typically get our first round of seeds planted mid-February), now is the time to start planning what to do with your garden space. TeaChild and I live in a small apartment with super limited growing space for fresh herbs and limited kitchen space for dried herbs, so prioritizing the most efficient and low-maintenance crops is always important for us. Today I have...

    How Does it Taste? (Ambition)

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    So a bit over a year ago I published a post on my synesthetic experience with the feeling of passionate, romantic love. You all seemed to really dig that one, so I guess we'll make it a series! Today's flavor concept is Ambition. I refer to that determined, deep-gut desire to make something happen for yourself. In my world, it's typically career-based, but has also applied to my personal life and...

    Behind the Blend: Dorian Gray

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    So here's a Fun Friday Fact for ya: I absolutely LOVE Oscar Wilde. His snappy witticisms and unique turns of phrase delight and enchant me. I know I'm not remotely alone on this one. Oscar has been a long-time favorite of so many people. My particular favorite work is one I would classify as his second-most chilling and macabre piece: The Picture of Dorian Gray. This novel inspired a tea blend...

    Weekly events, flash sale, and blends back in stock!

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    Things are rolling along nicely here at the tea shop. We've settled into our new retail space and already have made so many new friends! Regular events have been scheduled and we are in the process of adding more all the time. Check out our event calendar or drop by the shop to find out what's happening!

    In celebration of our escape from 2017, we're throwing a flash sale! Friday, December 29th...

    Shop construction update!

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    Our permits finally came in, and after a year of planning and working hard we will at last be opening our doors in Wallingford to you all mid-November! Keep your eyes open for the official grand opening date and come visit us at 4228 Stone Way N!

    Much love,
    Friday

    Few things beat the feeling of your passions being reignited....

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    Few things beat the feeling of your passions being reignited. It’s as if your a child and anything and everything is possible. Now I’m pouring with ideas that I can barely sketch quick enough!

    Being a designer (and the owner, but that’s for another post) has two major downsides that people who are not creatives forget or do not understand these two things:
    1. If you’re uninspired you tend to shut down because we create from stimulating ideas/scenery/art/etc. It is very difficult to design on demand and really make your work the best it can be.
    2. YOU NEVER ARE/FEEL DONE. Ask any designer, they wouls tweak their designs until death if there wasn’t some sort of deadline, then once that deadline comes and passes you can barely look at the piece because you know there is something you could’ve done better. MADDENING I tell you! Never thought I’d say this, but I am thankful for deadlines because it generally is the point of no return. You must stop. This is both good and bad, but you live with it either way.

    So because I am almost done with the latest collection- #projectrosethroughconcrete -I thought I’d share an image with many of the elements of this amazing installation will be incorporated into the next collection. Cannot wait to show you all! Stay tuned!

    Until next time kiddies,
    K

    #celanewyork #madeinamerica #madeinnyc #fashion #bags #leather #canvas #unconventional #newcollection #staytuned #design #art #makeadifference #projectrosethroughconcrete #livingacause

    Few things beat the feeling of your passions being reignited....

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    Few things beat the feeling of your passions being reignited. It’s as if your a child and anything and everything is possible. Now I’m pouring with ideas that I can barely sketch quick enough!

    Being a designer (and the owner, but that’s for another post) has two major downsides that people who are not creatives forget or do not understand these two things:
    1. If you’re uninspired you tend to shut down because we create from stimulating ideas/scenery/art/etc. It is very difficult to design on demand and really make your work the best it can be.
    2. YOU NEVER ARE/FEEL DONE. Ask any designer, they wouls tweak their designs until death if there wasn’t some sort of deadline, then once that deadline comes and passes you can barely look at the piece because you know there is something you could’ve done better. MADDENING I tell you! Never thought I’d say this, but I am thankful for deadlines because it generally is the point of no return. You must stop. This is both good and bad, but you live with it either way.

    So because I am almost done with the latest collection- #projectrosethroughconcrete -I thought I’d share an image with many of the elements of this amazing installation will be incorporated into the next collection. Cannot wait to show you all! Stay tuned!

    Until next time kiddies,
    K

    #celanewyork #madeinamerica #madeinnyc #fashion #bags #leather #canvas #unconventional #newcollection #staytuned #design #art #makeadifference #projectrosethroughconcrete #livingacause

    I am excited like a kid in a candy store about the next...

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    I am excited like a kid in a candy store about the next collection! Showing it to you all will be epic as well, because it won’t be done in the conventional manner. This is one from a few years ago. Aren’t they fabulous?

    The collection is called “Project Rose through Concrete”, and I will slowly let all of you in on what this special project entails and how you can be a part of it!

    I believe fashion and all it’s sectors are about inclusion; not what the main stream media wants you to believe. They’d rather have us painted as an exclusive, judgment filled club, when in all actuality I never felt more normal than in this industry.

    So because of that, I am inviting every one of you into the world of New York Fashion and into the fashion community. Whoever told you that you are not welcome is wrong. We welcome you with open arms. I know I speak for many when I say that.

    Here’s to #projectrosethroughconcrete and letting you all feel like you’re here with me!

    Until next time kiddies,
    K

    #celanewyork #bags #leather #madeinamerica #madeinnyc #fashion #projectrosethroughconcrete #sharingiscaring #love

    I am excited like a kid in a candy store about the next...

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    I am excited like a kid in a candy store about the next collection! Showing it to you all will be epic as well, because it won’t be done in the conventional manner. This is one from a few years ago. Aren’t they fabulous?

    The collection is called “Project Rose through Concrete”, and I will slowly let all of you in on what this special project entails and how you can be a part of it!

    I believe fashion and all it’s sectors are about inclusion; not what the main stream media wants you to believe. They’d rather have us painted as an exclusive, judgment filled club, when in all actuality I never felt more normal than in this industry.

    So because of that, I am inviting every one of you into the world of New York Fashion and into the fashion community. Whoever told you that you are not welcome is wrong. We welcome you with open arms. I know I speak for many when I say that.

    Here’s to #projectrosethroughconcrete and letting you all feel like you’re here with me!

    Until next time kiddies,
    K

    #celanewyork #bags #leather #madeinamerica #madeinnyc #fashion #projectrosethroughconcrete #sharingiscaring #love

    Been quite awhile, but I’m back! Just in time for what people in...

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    Been quite awhile, but I’m back! Just in time for what people in the fashion industry consider a holiday (one where you run around last minute like you’ve lost your mind kind of holidays)- #fashionweek! Here we go!
    #celanewyork #bags #madeinamerica #madeinnyc #fashion #maytheheavensbewithus #projectrosethroughconcrete

    Been quite awhile, but I’m back! Just in time for what people in...

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    Been quite awhile, but I’m back! Just in time for what people in the fashion industry consider a holiday (one where you run around last minute like you’ve lost your mind kind of holidays)- #fashionweek! Here we go!
    #celanewyork #bags #madeinamerica #madeinnyc #fashion #maytheheavensbewithus #projectrosethroughconcrete

    FA is opening a retail location in Seattle!

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    You read that correctly, friends. Our small tea shop has been growing and evolving steadily for six years now, and we have outgrown our manufacturing space! We will not be able to sustain our level of operation, nor expand enough to meet growing demand, without moving into a new space. Rather than sell the company, we are trying to raise funding to move into a brick-and-mortar shop in Seattle's...

    Tea cocktails with special guest Beca of The Shrubbery!

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    Summer is such a good excuse for shaking, stirring, and otherwise mixing up tasty cocktails to cool you down. While I'm generally an "Irish whiskey, neat" kinda gal, the sunshine tends to make me super feisty. During the hot months I find myself craving salsa (both the food and the music), grilling with friends, hanging outside with my kiddo, and DEFINITELY a parade of fun cocktails.

    The lovely...

    How does it taste? (Love)

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    As you probably know, I perceive the world with my taste buds. My dominant form of synesthesia is Lexical-Gustatory. This means I literally taste words, ideas, feelings, personalities, etc. The overwhelming majority of my blends are direct translations to leaf of the flavors my brain-mouth is experiencing. Today, I wanted to share with you the way I experience one particular flavor profile: Love.

    T...

    Making time for tea

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    Let's talk stress.

    I don't know how many times a day I think or say or just blind-panic over the seemingly inescapable reality that I don't have enough time to stay on top of my life. Especially as an adult, and ESPECIALLY in the city, where everything feels so pricey and so fast-paced. I often let myself think I need to keep moving to survive. This shark/hummingbird mentality prevents me from...

    Chai-ce Cream!

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    Well, we took a vote. You guys all really REALLY needed to know how to make delicious chai ice cream at home, so Allyn and I made you a video! It turns out homemade ice cream is totally NBD. We don't even own an ice cream maker, and it still came out great!

    Ready? Let's go!



    Ingredients
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
    • 2 3/4 cup whole milk
    • 5 egg yolks
    • 1 1/2 Tablespoons loose leaf Masala Chai
    • 1/2...

    It's Spring...ish!

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    Here in the PNW, early Spring has most definitely arrived. I'm constantly craving high mountain (high caffeine) black teas and walks outside with the fragrant flowers, the sunshine and my maniac dog and child. Erik is craving steamed green teas, quiet afternoons in coffee shops and art museum exploration. Let's take a look at our favorites for the season!

    Friday wants...

    Darjeelingsare known as "the...

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