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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tea and Tranquility at Om Tara Yoga

On May 19, we had the honor of visiting Om Tara Yoga in Massapequa, NY.  Jacqui DeFlorio-Reid opened Om Tara studio about one year ago.  In gratitude to her students for a special year, Jacqui arranged a day of of relaxation and celebration, and we were thrilled to have been included for an afternoon event of tea tasting.

We shared tea from India and Japan and brought along a Rooibos Spiced Chai herbal tisane for everyone to taste.  An amazing group of women were present and we made new friends and participated in new experiences.  Joining the Reiki healing circle and sitting in on an evening Kirtan were two highlights of the day. When day turned into night, and the Kirtan was coming to a close, we didn't want to go home.

The studio at Om Tara Yoga is a sanctuary.  We encourage you to see and experience it for yourselves.

Jacqui, thank you for inviting us to share your celebration. The day was perfect.  

om tara yoga
518 A Broadway
Massapequa, NY  11758

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sharing Tea with the Girl Scouts

On an unusually and uncharacteristically beautiful recent winter's day in January I had the pleasure of meeting with some very business savvy girl scouts to share tea. Unsure what to expect, I arrived with bins full of tea gadgets and samples thinking it would be difficult to keep the young girls engaged and on task to taste tea. I learned that no one is ever too young to enjoy a cup of tea and that these were some pretty smart girls.

We started our time together discussing methods for marketing girl scout cookies, then seguied into watching some slides about tea production, and we ended the hour brewing tea together.

The girls had fun tasting the Rooibos Spiced Chai herbal tisane (our blend), a Japanese Matcha from Uji and a black tea from Kenilworth in Sri Lanka. Upon surveying the class after tasting these very diverse brews, the bitterness of the Matcha was a bit unexpected since it was so different from teas they had tried in the past. The Spiced Chai and Sri Lankan black teas were more like some of the teas that the girls' families shared at home. Nonetheless, all the girls were open to the adventure of tasting new things and getting their hands dirty when it came to brewing the right cup.

Everyone was eager to participate in placing the proper amount of tea in the koryo style cups we used to brew our drinks. The scouts perfectly timed their infusions and were excited to taste what they had made. A perfect cup for the perfect ending of our time together.

Thanks for having me Girl Scout Troop #931!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Come See All In This Tea

Happy New Year! We hope you have been enjoying your daily cup. It's been a while since we have communicated on our blog at The Tea Plant, but we have some exciting news to share with you about an upcoming event at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, New York.

Come to the Cinema Arts Centre at 7:30pm, on March 6, 2012 to see All In This Tea.  It is a wonderful film by Les Blank and Gina Leibricht. All In This Tea takes the viewer into the mountains of China with David Lee Hoffman, a man who is instrumental in getting tea from small farms in China recognized. David Lee Hoffman will also be present via a live Skype chat with the audience after the screening!

The film exemplifies David Lee Hoffman's persistence and passion as he travels into the mountains of China to show the world some of the most amazing teas and the farmers responsible for producing them. We have to thank him for his work in bringing these special teas, from some of the most remote locations, to us.

We are also thankful to the Cinema Arts Centre for inviting us to provide samples of a small selection of Chinese teas at the event. We hope you can make it and we look forward to seeing you there and sharing a cup of tea.

Here is further information regarding the film from the Cinema Arts Centre website:

Follow American tea expert David Lee Hoffman into the fascinating and very tasty world of tea as he journeys to China in search of the world’s finest teas
The latest film from distinguished documentarian Les Blank, in collaboration with co-director Gina Leibrecht, follows American tea importer David Lee Hoffman to some of the most remote regions of China in search of the world’s finest teas. Hoffman is obsessed; during his youth he spent four years with Tibetan monks in Nepal, which included a friendship with the Dalai Lama, and was introduced to some of the finest of teas. Unable to find anything but insipid tea bags in the U.S., Hoffman began traveling to China, the homeland of tea. There, he struggles against language barriers and Byzantine business codes to convince the Chinese that the farmers make better tea than the factories and that their craft should be honored and preserved. This craft cannot be learned from a book, but has been handed down through generations of tea makers for thousands of years. He drags the reluctant tea factory aficionados up a lush, terraced mountainside and brings them face to face with those “dirty” farmers. In an ironic twist, Hoffman reintroduces them to one of their country’s oldest traditions. But Hoffman is even a step ahead of his own country in that he is advocating “fair trade” and organics. Images of the farmers standing on urban street corners selling a week’s harvest for three dollars, in the shadow of China’s increasing number of high rises, illustrate the paradox that stepping into the modern world imposes. Tea experts James Norwood Pratt, Gaetano Kazuo Maida, and Winnie W. Yu provide the fundamentals of tea, lending weight to Hoffman’s endeavor. (USA, 2008, 70 min., color, DVD)

We also encourage you to visit the site,, to learn more about the fascinating films on view. We are lucky to have a venue like this so close to home.

423 Park Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743


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