FROM THE ARCHIVE: In San Francisco, a city where everyone is working on the next big thing, and with plenty of coffee houses to fuel those working minds, a tea shop on Valencia Street in the Mission district stands still amidst the buzz: the newest addition to the city’s Samovar Tea family.
“When you observe a tea master infusing tea, you will see she is constantly monitoring the infusion progress with her senses. It’s as much a labour of love as it is expertise and a lifetime of experience.”
FROM THE ARCHIVE: For the Japanese, the drinking of green tea, in the proper way, is a Zen experience. Fukujuen Kyoto Flagship Store, a six-storey emporium in Kyoto, Japan, is dedicated to green tea in its many forms.
A San Francisco native who grew up in New Jersey, Joey Roth is also a long-distance skateboarder, barbecue enthusiast, and industrial designer who has created items ranging from ceramic speakers to self-watering planters. Last summer, Roth launched version 2.0 of his stainless steel and glass teapot, the Sorapot.
WINTER WHITES: Apart from water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage on a global scale. TWG Tea, a Singaporean-based luxury tea brand, shelves over 800 varieties of single estate, fine harvest, and executive blends.
When it comes to a popularity contest of drink-versus-drink, forget Coca-Cola or apple juice; throw away all notions of wine or lemonade. After water, more people in the world are sipping on tea than anything else.
HOLIDAY WISH LIST: Tea for two, and two for tea. But tea for one? French cookware experts Le Creuset say mais oui, with the debut of the Café Collection.
When serendipity struck in 2001, Karinna James heeded its call. She was awoken by a dream of opening a tea salon, one that offered guests a distinctive sensory tea experience. Little did she know that fulfilling this dream would take her on a global adventure across three continents with her husband, Tom, and her daughter, Casey.
It’s true. A rose by any other name would be delicious. Rose essence and rosewater, both distillates of rose petals, are turning up in swishy cocktails at your favourite watering holes and in desserts at upscale restaurants.