#TBT to our visit at @onomeatea last month! This beautiful tea farm on the Big Island of Hawaii has an upward of 3,500 tea plants and use their own composted materials to creat sustainable or organic teas
Happy Earth Day!
Today we're sharing 5 ways you can celebrate through tea:
1. bring a reusable travel cup into the cafe
2. use tea leaves as a source of nutrients for your garden
3. buy loose-leaf blends to minimize packaging
4. replace your hair conditioner with tea - brew and let it sit in your hair for 5 min. before rinsing
5. use brewed tea as an eco-friendly floor cleaner.
#SaturdaySips : Green tea leaves + buds that are picked in the early days of spring are fresh and new which means they're lighter, more delicate and hold extra flavour for a better harvested tea. Spring leaves are also higher in antioxidants, vitamin C and other nutrients because the plants send out additional polyphenols to protect the leaves #weekendvibes#wellness#greentea#everydaytea
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How architect Michael Leckie + @leckie_studio team brought our tea culture-focused cafe to life with a modern twist - @westernliving shares in their latest Design Crush article (link in bio). Thanks so much for the amazing feature
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Drink of the week: our new Matcha Frappe! Did we mention matcha helps boost immune system and metabolism?🏼We'll also have matcha tea-infused cream puffs from @beta5chocolates available this Sat + Sun at the cafe, while supplies last.
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Cafe cream puffs are back and available this Saturday + Sunday only! This week we'll be featuring strawberry-jasmine and matcha tea-infused cream puffs. Shout-out to @beta5chocolates for collaborating with us to bring you two new special flavours! Don't forget to let us know your favourite one afterwards #chalexbeta5#teacreampuffs
#ChaLeFAQ - Why does our Cinnamon Rock oolong and Narcissus Rock oolong come from the same Northern Fujian Province Wu Yi mountain in China but have different tasting notes? Both teas are grown semi-wild in the rock cracks of the mountain but on total
opposite sides - this leaves one tasting woody, floral and mossy and the other tasting sweet and fruity.
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#TeaTuesday Did you know our Iron Goddess of Mercy oolong tea is one of the most popular teas from China and goes through 5 major processing steps before it becomes the perfect brew:
1. Plucking – only the bud and two small leaves are plucked from the best tea plants.
2. Withering – picked leaves are spread out and left in heat to reduce water content and help remove grassy taste.
3. Rolling – to break down and shape the leaves which releases the juices and oils to add oxidation and give the tea it’s distinct flavour.
4. Oxidation – the leaves are left naturally to oxidize and turns brown the longer it’s left to rest.
5. Drying – stops fermentation by drying leaves in large oven or drying machine to establish tea’s final and consistent aroma.
Exciting news: our collaboration with @beta5chocolates has gone to a whole new level with our very own Aged Shou Pu'er tea-infused chocolates! Available in-store while supplies last - new flavours coming soon #chalexbeta5
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Steeping tea at home = positive vibes! As you wait for the tea to steep, use the time to do a mini meditation session to focus on your day ahead. This can become the best morning ritual #Regram from local yoga instructor @camillia_lee@camleeyoga
Meet our tea-rista Karsten! He's originally from Prince Edward Island - the land of lobster, potatoes, beaches, and of course, Anne of Green Gables. He moved to Vancouver to enjoy the best of both worlds, the city life and beaches! His favourite Vancouver spot is Third Beach and also enjoys biking along the seaway, booze cruises and baking. Karsten's favourite tea is the Cinnamon Rock oolong because it tastes like chocolate and caramel #tearista#chaleteam#yvrcafe#meettheteam
: @whentheyfindus / Luis Valdizon
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Happy #TeaTuesday! Almond Rose is one of our favourite blends that combines black tea, almonds and rose petals. Tasting notes: Rose, floral and sweet with almond
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We LOVE this latte so matcha When you order this latte at our cafe, we craft each one by hand every time. First we sift the matcha powder, add hot water and whisk until it's fully dissolved. Last but not least, we pour in steamed milk and hand it to you to enjoy #matchalatte#lattelove#everydaytea#yaletown
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#Regram from local Lifestyle Blogger Jonathan Waiching Ho! Thanks so much for the amazing feature on WaichingsWall.com - we'd love to share a cup of Iron Goddess of Mercy with you anytime #teatime#yvrblogger
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Satisfy your craving without the guilt! With Spring Break vacation right around the corner, we recommend ordering our Haidacore Albacore Tuna without the toast.
Suggested tea pairing: Moonlight Beauty white tea - fermented and rare to find, contains polyphenols which helps neautralize free radical damage to your body, kills bad bacteria and improves metabolism.
Note: you can order any of our toasts with no bread for a healthier option.
Up-close and personal with our Tranquil herbal tea. Local, organic tea blend with floral and sweet notes. Combines rosehip kernels, sweet orange peel, chamomile, spearmint, calendula, apple, lemongrass and rose petals. Available online or in-store. #tranquiltea#floraltea#teablend#thirstythursday