Summer’s here and the time is right for icing of the tea! Here are some easy to follow guidelines to play with to maximize your summer time with friends and family.
Yellow tea, the rarest of the tea variants, is oft lauded by many as less grassy in flavor than its close cousin, green tea, due to the yellowing “or sealing” process.
Calm awake. This is a phrase often used to describe one of the effects of tea on the human physiology and mental state.
Have a cup of tea, put your hand on your heart and tell yourself "I got this and I am worthy of inner peace."
When we sit with another and share tea, we hold a space where we provide nourishment and bring comfort. In this great giving and caring about another, we also receive. It is a space of true connection and many good things can happen.
White tea - the least processed and mildest of all of the teas. Why is it called white tea and what happens to the leaf after it is picked? Let’s find out!
Drink up and let tea become a part of your healthy lifestyle. Here are 5 reasons we think this stuff is better than liquid gold!
Oh, how we love the lore and legend that goes along with some of the teas we drink everyday. Since we are in the office sipping Da Hong Pao oolong right now, I’d like to share its story with you.
Have you been hanging out with your tea head friends and wonder what they mean when they speak of "grandpa style"? Maybe you overheard someone talking about the great experience they had brewing it "farmer style." What do these terms mean, you ask? Let's find out!
Nuo Mi Xiang Ye is the name of the herb that we have incorporated into our exclusive ripe pu’er blend called Rice Aroma. Let’s find out more about it!
When I am preparing tea for others, I am often asked what the deal is with the "rinse" of the tea leaves. It would appear to the uninitiated that I am dumping perfectly good tea. So what is the rinse and is it necessary?
Give yourself the gift of some type of mini-retreat from the technology and worry each day. We need you healthy and peaceful. We need you.
As the air begins to cool and the days shorten, already we see an increase in the sales of the darker teas here at Mandala. Almost as if by instinct, people begin to choose the ripe pu'ers, the black teas and the darker oolongs, gravitating toward the heartier and hotter teas.
Dear friends and tea lovers,
We are back online! It seems so appropriate that we (re)launch now as the 2017 solar eclipse nears and clears away stagnancy and opens us to new patterns, new opportunities. It has been nearly a year since we took Mandala Tea offline while transitioning out of the brick and mortar shop and we are joyful to be back with you.
Greetings, my fine friends!
As I write to you, I sit in the tea room here at Mandala Tea, sipping some 2006 raw (aka sheng, raw, uncooked) pu'er tea. I am transported to a mountain I was on during my last tea trip to China. I am moved by the recollection, almost to tears. Such fond memories of the homeland of tea!
There are two type of pu'er - I'll refer to them as raw and ripe - and if you've had one type and found it wasn't your groove, I encourage you to try the other. For even though both styles are referred to as pu'er tea, they are horses of a different color.
Tea, second only to water, is the most consumed beverage in the world. Curiosity leads us to wonder what’s so special about this historically significant drink.
Tea, the wonderful beverage that I (re)connected with 15 years ago, is like a steady and trusty companion who reminds me that no matter how fast things seem to be moving, there is always time. Time to sit and remember. Time to be with friends. Time to meditate, to practice yoga. Time to recall memories that may or may not be mine. Time to take care of myself and to care for others. Time to be of service. Time for compassion and time to laugh, cry and rejoice in this often confusing life.