Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wintery Aso scenes

An acquaintance just sent these just-taken photos of Aso (where many of our teas are grown):








At this time of year, the tea plants are hibernating, waiting for springtime.


—Mellow Monk

 

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Friday, January 14, 2011

To get kids to drink tea, teach them how to brew

Parents, imagine if you could wean your children off soda and get them to drink green tea instead. What a wonderfully healthy habit you would be teaching them, one that would literally pay a lifetime of dividends.


But the average kid who is new to green tea may, if offered a cup, react with about as much enthusiasm as they would to extra homework.


Yet there is hope. For just as teaching kids to cook is an excellent way to get fussy eaters to try — and like — new foods, teaching your child to brew loose-leaf tea on his or her own will engender a sense of accomplishment that will make the healthy drink seem so much more accessible.


Besides, there are so many handy and neat devices for steeping tea nowadays that brewing loose-leaf tea may even become — dare I say — cool.



The family that brews together . . .


—Mellow Monk

 

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Two tea pavilions

First, check out landscape designer Ric Mondragon's Japanese-style backyard tea pavilion:


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Next is this ingenious creation, which, while not specifically a tea pavilion, would make an excellent venue for a green tea break. (But of course, if the tea is good, any place is an excellent venue for a green tea break.)


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—Mellow Monk

 

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Saturday, January 08, 2011

49 down, one to go

We just received our first order from Nebraska. That leaves the state's northerly neighbor of South Dakota as the only state in the Union to which we have yet to send our wonderful green tea.


If you live in South Dakota or have a friend or family member there, please get in touch (cs at mellowmonk dot com) and I will make you a special deal!



The long and winding road to Number 50.


—Mellow Monk

 

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Monday, January 03, 2011

Another snowy day in Aso

Happy New Year, everyone.

One of our growers sends us this photo, taken near one of his tea groves in Aso.



The bush in the foreground isn't a tea plant, but this is.


—Mellow Monk

 

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