Friday, August 31, 2012

Sushi dreams of dedication

Although the tale of a sushi chef, the excellent documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi provides a glimpse into the heart of artisans in all aspects of traditional Japanese culture.


"Ultimate simplicity leads to purity," says Jiro about why he insists on simple, unadorned sushi.


This same spirit of pursuing the essence of one's craft is why the teas that our grower–artisans make are all variations on the same simple theme.


Why no fancy blended teas? Because it is unadorned tea that brings us closest to the essence of tea.








No decoration. Nothing extraneous. Just sushi. (And tea, too, of course.)


—Mellow Monk

 

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Monday, August 27, 2012

New Kiva loans

We have added to our Kiva portfolio with loans to Avelina and Rufino, of the Philippines and Mexico, respectively.






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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Shaded Leaf wins at the NATC

We just received news that our Shaded Leaf green tea won 3rd place in the Steamed Green Tea division of the 2012 North American Tea Championship.


We would like to thank the Academy . . . I mean the NATC judges and everyone else involved for their hard work, because putting on a competition of that scale takes a lot of it.


And of course we would like to thank all of our customers for supporting us and our mission. Without you, we would not have made it this far.


Cheers!





—Mellow Monk

 

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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

A monk's scroll on tea togetherness

Kogetsu Sogan (1574–1643) was the 156th chief priest of Kyoto's Daitokuji temple — obviously an excellent place to indoctrinate oneself into mellow mindfulness.


A devotee of sado, Sogan penned many calligraphic scrolls about the philosophy of tea, including this one: "Hin chū shu, shu chū hin (賓中主々中賓), which translates literally "Guest in the host, host in the guest."


You may associate the tea ceremony with sharp distinctions between the obligations of host and guest, but there's more to it, namely, the goal of host and guest coming together through the tea they share.


At least, that's one interpretation. What do you think?






—Mellow Monk

 

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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Yuzu Dream reviewed by Sagaci-Tea

Kate over at the Sagaci-Tea blog reports how she liked our Yuzu Dream. Thanks, Kate!


You can also read other reviews of our tea on our Reviews page.





—Mellow Monk

 

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