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2009 Tea Escapade's Tea Custom Contest WinnerDuring the month of December, Tea Escapade ran the 2009 Tea Custom Contest.  After reviewing many contest entries, it was exciting to select a winner.  Contestants were required to share their tea custom in 350 words or less.

The custom may range from simple (using the same special teacup or mug) to complex, however it must include the following criteria:

1. Tea is shared with at least one other person;

2. The custom occurs regularly i.e. every Christmas, once a month, on birthdays, etc.

3. The custom is special to those who participate.

Tim Morra submitted the annual tea custom shared with his girlfriend.  It was thrilling to read and select their tea custom as the winning entry for the 2009 Tea Custom Contest.  As the contest winner, Tim received a Mighty Leaf Tea – Tea Top Brew Mug and an assortment of Mighty Leaf teas! Hopefully Tim both enjoys his prize and shares it with his girlfriend!

Below is Tim’s tea custom:

“While my girlfriend and I have copious quantities of green tea every day with dinner, it has become a tradition over our 4 years together that we perform a special ceremony at Thanksgiving.  Before the bird is finished and the wine is opened, we each dim the lights, light up a ginger-scented incense candle, and sit across from each other, silently for a minute of two.  Two beautiful designed ceramic tea cups and a teapot brimming with Japanese Sencha sits between us and we each close our eyes and pray to ourselves. After this initial meditation, we open our eyes, pour a cup and hand it to each other.  We decide who begins and it usually her.

She smiles and speaks of something about which she is thankful.  She then brings her cup to my lips and tips it slightly so that I may have a sip. It is then my turn and I speak of something about which I am thankful, and I tip my cup to her lips.

Typically, we talk about things outside ourselves that we are happy and thankful about, and also mention things we adore about one another.  All this continues until the teapot runs down. She and I then sit together for a final minute of silence, staring into one another’s eyes.  Then, the turkey and pumpkin pie await!”

I hope you enjoyed reading Tim’s Tea Custom. Make 2010 your year to create and practice a tea custom of your own.  Maybe you will be the winner of the 2010 Tea Escapade – Tea Custom Contest.

Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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Last year, while attending the 2009 World Tea Expo, I had the pleasure of meeting Sondra Wells, Owner and Founder of Botanical Bakery.  It was great to put a face with the name – several months earlier I sampled and reviewed several Botanical Bakery products.  See Tea Escapade Blog Post: Botanical Bakery – Tea Cookies.  At that time, there were only four varieties of their yummy tea cookies available.

Imagine, my surprise, when I opened my mail today, to find a Christmas gift from Ms. Wells, as a token of appreciation.  I am sure you guessed with accuracy the contents of the gift – a package of Peppermint Cacao Nibs – the latest tea cookies created by Botanical Bakery. Every now and then, we receive little surprises that simply add more sunshine to our day. I couldn’t wait to rip open the package.

The ingredients are simple: organic unbleached flour, organic sweet cream butter, organic pure cane sugar, organic peppermint, organic cacao nibs, and vitamin E. However the taste is far from simple. I’m sure, Botanical Bakery will be quite surprised to see another product review. But the reality is, I have to give credit where credit is due.

Peppermint Cacao Nibs have the buttery quality characteristic of Botanical Bakery products. Combined with unique all organic ingredients like – cacao nibs and peppermint – these cookies by Botanical Bakery are distinctly different from other butter cookies.  Crisp, dense, and buttery Peppermint Cacao Nibs are delish!  The cacao nibs not only provide a sweet yet mild chocolaty flavor that is released while chewing, but add a crunchy texture.  To explain further, cacao nibs are cleaned, roasted, winnowed and lightly crushed cacao beans.  And just when you think you have tasted all the flavors, the taste buds are greeted by the pleasantly cool taste of peppermint. I almost finished the entire package in one sitting, because the more I ate, the chocolate and mint became more profound.

To learn more about Sondra Wells and Botanical Bakery or to place an order, visit their website at http://botanicalbakery.com. Be sure to try the Peppermint Cacao Nibs. When you do, please stop by and share your experience.

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I am amazed by the number of tea contests that are going on for the holidays! Not only are they fun and easy to enter… the prizes are amazing! Especially, the prize pack for The Ultimate Holiday Tea Contest sponsored by Steepster. There are two ways to enter: 1. Follow Steepster on Twitter and tweet the verbiage below; or 2. Post a reply to the Ultimate Holiday Tea Contest Discussion on Steepster.

Everyone who enters the The Ultimate Holiday Tea Contest has a chance to win.  The contest winner, selected by random drawing, will receive the complete prize bundle, which includes the Sorapot designed by Joey Roth along with other fantastic accoutrements to the modern tea experience.

Contest Rules & Eligibility

  • The contest is open to residents of U.S. or Canada, 18 years of age or older (sorry international friends, shipping costs and restrictions are a bummer).
  • The contest ends at 8PM EST on 12/18/09, after which we’ll select one winner at random and contact them through Twitter or email, depending on how they entered.
  • The winner must respond with their full name and a valid mailing address (no P.O. boxes) within 72 hours of notification in order to receive their prize, otherwise he/she will no longer be eligible and a new winner will be chosen.

Visit The Ultimate Holiday Tea Contest on Steepster to enter and win!

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One of the reasons why I, and other tea lovers, enjoy tea is because of the tea culture. What is tea culture?  It is the way tea is made and consumed, it is how people interact with tea and others when drinking tea, and it is the aesthetics surrounding tea drinking.

Many cultures have created intricate formal ceremonies or customs. Western cultures have adopted afternoon tea or tea parties with its scones and sandwiches, big hats and costumes reminiscent of years gone by.  Eastern cultures perform tea ceremonies with Japan’s complex, formal and serene ceremony being the most well known. Other examples of Eastern tea ceremonies include the Korean tea ceremony or darye, that focuses on tea as an easy and natural event, with fewer formal rituals, fewer absolutes, greater freedom for relaxation, and more creativity in enjoying a wider variety of teas, services, and conversation. Or the Chinese tea culture where it is customary to brew and consume tea: as a sign of respect; for a family gathering; to apologize; to express thanks to your elders on one’s wedding day; to connect large families on wedding days; and to pass on the tradition.

Tea Custom Contest Rules

Now until December 31, 2009, Tea Escapade invites you to share your tea custom.  In 350 words or less, submit the tea ceremony observed by you or your family for a chance to win a gift basket filled with an assortment of teas from Mighty Leaf Tea AND a Tea Top Brew Mug! Submit entries to TeaEscapade@yahoo.com with the words “Tea Custom” in the subject line.

You may have recently started your  tea custom. It may be performed intimately between you and your significant other, your children, or best friends. As in my family, my stepson and I take a few moments each week to share a cup of green tea – what 15-year-old boy in America does that? Or the tea custom may have been initiated by your grandmother and passed down from one generation to the next. The custom may range from simple (using the same special tea cup or mug) to complex – it doesn’t matter as long as it passes the following criteria:

  1. Tea is shared with at least one other person;
  2. The custom occurs regularly i.e. every Christmas, once a month, on birthdays, etc.
  3. The custom is special to those who participate.

Just be sure to explain who is involved in the ceremony, the frequency with which it occurs, and the details about the actual ceremony. Include your name, home address, email address, and telephone number with your entry.

Entries submitted to TeaEscapade@yahoo.com with the words “Tea Custom” in the subject line by 11:59 p.m. December 31, 2009 are eligible for consideration. One winner will be selected and announced on January 11, 2010.

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coop_nikkiSAVE THE DATE! November 1, 2009, is the date for the next Co-Op Tea Swap! A fantastically fun collaboration between Tea Escapade and Authori+ea. Membership is free!  Here is an opportunity to try new teas, share some of your favorite teas, and meet great people.

To join in on the fun, simply email the following information to Nikki at TeaEscapade@yahoo.com no later than October 31, 2009, to participate in the upcoming December 2009 Swap:

  • Name:
  • Mailing Address:
  • Phone Number:
  • Sample Preferences (if any):
  • Sample Restrictions (are you allergic to any herbs or ingredients?):
  • Referred By:

For more information, visit the Co-Op Tea Swap page found here on Tea Escapade. Don’t miss the opportunity to share your love for tea with others who are just as passionate about tea as you are. Remember to participate in the November Swap all requested information must be received no later than October 31, 2009 , otherwise you will have to wait until the December Swap.

Let the swap begin!

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coop_nikkiSAVE THE DATE! July 1, 2009, is the date for the next Co-Op Tea Swap! A fantastically fun collaboration between Tea Escapade and Authori+ea. Membership is free! Additionally, Co-Op Tea Swap members receive Tea Escapade’s monthly newsletter for free. To join in on the fun, simply email the following information to Nikki at TeaEscapade@yahoo.com no later than June 31, 2009, to participate in the upcoming July 2009 Swap:

 

 

  • Name: 
  • Mailing Address: 
  • Phone Number: 
  • Sample Preferences (if any): 
  • Sample Restrictions (are you allergic to any herbs or ingredients?): 
  • Referred By: 

For more information, visit the Co-Op Tea Swap page found here on Tea Escapade. Don’t miss the opportunity to share your love for tea with others who are just as passionate about tea as you are. Remember to participate in the July Swap all requested information must be received no later than June 31, 2009 , otherwise you will have to wait until the August Swap.

Let the swap begin!

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coop_nikkiSAVE THE DATE! June 1, 2009, is the date for the next Co-Op Tea Swap! A fantastically fun collaboration between Tea Escapade and Authori+ea. Membership is free! Additionally, Co-Op Tea Swap members receive Tea Escapade’s monthly newsletter for free. To join in on the fun, simply email the following information to Nikki at TeaEscapade@yahoo.com no later than May 31, 2009, to participate in the upcoming June 2009 Swap:

 

 

  • Name: 
  • Mailing Address: 
  • Phone Number: 
  • Sample Preferences (if any): 
  • Sample Restrictions (are you allergic to any herbs or ingredients?): 
  • Referred By: 

For more information, visit the Co-Op Tea Swap page found here on Tea Escapade. Don’t miss the opportunity to share your love for tea with others who are just as passionate about tea as you are. Remember to participate in the June Swap all requested information must be received no later than May 31, 2009 , otherwise you will have to wait until the July Swap.

Let the swap begin!

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