For the first time in three years we have spent the last few weeks traveling. We trecked around in South America, visiting loved ones, looking for inspiration and searching for new products to bring to our Brooklyn shop.
From the wavy Northern pampas of Argentina where the Parana river runs mightily to the Andean highlands in Peru, we have brought back stories and the memory of experiences that have impacted us in great ways.
We have visited places charged with ancient natural forces, where people live according to the simple ways of Nature and their everyday lives have a natural rhythm that does not conflict with their environment. The strong sense of community is what we noticed made a difference in their well-being.
Hoping we can translate those experiences into our Brooklyn place, and offer you all what we imagine will be conducive to experience a real feeling of belonging where you are.
For a while we have been dreaming of creating a place where the Tea community can gather to share time and space, meet each other and exchange stories about their lives and compare notes on the seasonal teas from
The new schedule of offerings in our tea room will include a variety of experiences around Tea created around the way that different facilitators offer their own way of tea appreciation: workshops, tastings, ceremonies and informal gatherings created around Tea and the community it naturally builds.
A diverse assortment of facilitators will host experiences and events on a regular schedule for you to choose, try and identify with them, week after week.
Because our aim is to strengthen our community, to share and plan together for more ways to communicate and grow, we welcome all suggestions and ideas that come from you so we can implement events and programs dedicated to build up our lives.
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Our Chadao Tea Ceremony experience is again offered in-person. This meditative experience offers the chance of reconnecting with ourselves, each other and All. Sitting in silence with Tea and sharing the room with others is an incredibly simple way to reach a deep feeling of well-being. The process of tea preparation and serving is meditation in movement, and is essential part of tea appreciation. Our Chadao offering is of ancient origin, and reformulated for contemporary culture and accessibility by Wu De, at the Tea Sage Hut in Miaoli, Taiwan.
While traveling in Europe this summer, we visited the studios of two talented and committed teaware artists in Styria, Austria.
First stop was Eva Meyer in Hartberg. Eva lives and work in an old farmhouse that has been beautifully renovated to accommodate her family and her work. Among roman relics, an ancient quarry and the most amazing forest, Eva makes perfect Chawans, like the one pictured above, in white porcelain, which would show cracking as you use it for tea.
later we stopped by Selma Etateri's gallery and studio in Graz, right in the center of the artsy section of town, next to Kunsthalle. Selma's magically light teacups and bowls are hand-finished with 24 Karat gold, the one above is one of a set of three.
Please come visit our Brooklyn shop to see more of their work!
Nakkai-san, our friend and farmer who started his organic practice more than 20 years ago, working hard finishing the Akachan-bancha at his factory (winter version of the Houji-cha), the leaves are harvested after the winter snows from the gentle mountain slopes of beautiful Wazuka.
This tea that we love and bring to our shop every season is known for the low caffeine content, the chocolate aroma and complex flavor. In Japan Houji-cha (or Akanchan-bancha) is drunk after meals to ease digestion.
Nakkai-san is the sole worker at his small factory, he gets help from neighbors and friends when the harvest time is up, otherwise, he mindfully works on his amazing teas: matcha, genmaicha, houji-cha and akachan-bancha.