Sunday, October 21, 2012

Single estate, defined

We received an inquiry asking what "single estate" means and whether our tea is single estate. Here is the answer we sent.

Thank you for getting in touch.

All of our tea is single estate, meaning a single artisan grows it, harvests the leaves, and crafts the leaves into tea.

The term "single estate" is to distinguish from teas where a tea-processing operation buys harvested leaves from various outside tea farms.

Our growers, in contrast, are complete, start-to-finish establishments: the artisans plant what they harvest, harvest the tea themselves, and use *only* tea leaves harvested from their own land.

Single-estate tea artisans are the biggest sticklers in the tea world -- they don't trust any tea leaves they didn't grow themselves. There is a practical reason for this: there is no way to truly assure tea quality unless you have overseen the entire process, starting with planting and caring for the tea plants yourself.

Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you again for contacting us.

You can read more about our growers here.

A mother-and-daughter pair of growers in one of their tea groves. All of their tea — including, of course, what they provide to Mellow Monk — is single estate.

—Mellow Monk


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Friday, October 19, 2012

Minako's magnificent art

Minako Yoshino is a New York-based artist who creates wonderfully lifelike works in marble, dreamlike stone abstractions, and hypnotically engaging paintings, including my personal favorite, Aria—Water Spirit.

—Mellow Monk


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Thursday, October 04, 2012

We're back

Some of you may have had trouble accessing our website in the last couple of days, but we have fixed the problem completely, and the site is once again up and humming along smoothly.

Thank you for your patience during the brief outage.

Now, back to brewing.

—Mellow Monk


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