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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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You are probably wondering… why it is almost the end of January and Tea Escapade is just now sharing information about National Hot Tea Month.  Through inadvertence, I missed the press release in my email box and hope to rectify this mishap for such a great cause. Tea Escapade is always excited to share information about the tea industries efforts to improve the community, the environment, and the lives of people around the world.  Be on the look out for more…

Now that you know that January is National Hot Tea Month let me share with you how Celestial Seasonings put a new spin on the event.  As a leading tea retailer, Celestial Seasonings invites people to help preserve the earth’s tropical forests by participating in a new Facebook quiz, entitled PossibiliTEAS. Through the campaign, which kicked off National Hot Tea Month, Celestial Seasonings will donate one dollar on behalf of each participant, totaling up to $50,000, to Conservation International’s “Protect an Acre” program.

“At Celestial Seasonings we continue our 40-year commitment to social and environmental responsibility through our support of Conservation International’s ‘Protect an Acre’ program,” said Peter Burns, General Manager of Celestial Seasonings. “Our entertaining and insightful PossibiliTEAS Facebook quiz utilizes the inspiring art from our new, smoother-tasting green tea line to teach tea drinkers a little about themselves, while they support a great cause.”

The PossibiliTEAS Facebook application features thought-provoking questions, the answers of which align people with one of nine symbolic Asian characters found on boxes of Celestial Seasonings new green tea. Participants are provided with inspiration and guidance based on the given character and its associated meaning. For instance, the Dragon featured on Authentic Green Tea represents “awakening” while the Butterfly featured on Raspberry Gardens Green Tea symbolizes “joy.” The quiz is available at Celestial Seasonings Facebook fan page:  www.facebook.com/CelestialSeasonings where the first 15,000 participants will receive a sample of Celestial Seasonings Authentic Green Tea.

Celestial Seasonings donation of up to $50,000 will support Conservation International’s “Protect an Acre” program, which helps slow climate change and preserves tropical forests around the world. Just $15 protects one acre of tropical forest, so when participants enlist the support of 14 of their Facebook friends, together they will protect one acre of tropical forest. Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, Conservation International empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature for the well-being of humanity.

Even though National Hot Tea Month ends January 31st, the Conservation International’s “Protect an Acre” program doesn’t.  For more information about Celestial Seasonings commitment to the environment, visit: www.celestialseasonings.com.

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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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During the holidays we always want to share . A cup of tea, a memory, a meal – exactly what is shared isn’t always as important as the act of giving. So today, I wanted to share contest information from a fellow friend and tea blogger, Tea-Guy.

Details are below:

“Take a moment for tea and you could win great prizes from www.Tea-Guy.com, Libre Tea, Adagio Teas, Harney & Sons, Infusions of Tea, Kokomo Tea and Tavalon. Today, www.Tea-Guy.com is launching its first Tea Moments Contest and invites you to tell us about your own tea moments. Two lucky readers have a chance to win a Libre tea glass and an assortment of teas to go with it just in time for the holidays.

The www.Tea-Guy.com Tea Moments Contest begins today and ends Friday, December 11, 2009.  Winners will be announcedMonday, December 14, 2009 in two categories, video and written essay.

To enter in the video category, record a short video describing your tea moment and upload it to YouTube.com, linking it as a response to our contest announcement video located at www.youtube.com/user/teaguyllc.  Make sure to include “www.tea-guy.com” in your video description on YouTube.  Then send us an e-mail at contest@tea-guy.com with your real name, YouTube user name and e-mail address.  To enter in the written essay category, describe your tea moment in an essay and e-mail to contest@tea-guy.com along with your name and e-mail address.  Rules and regulations apply, see www.tea-guy.com for full details.”

Good Luck!

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Everyone knows that Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. Even more importantly, it is the retail shopping event of the year  and the kick-off for holiday shopping. But have you ever heard of Cyber Monday?  For you techy types, you are probably well aware of the term Cyber Monday. However, for those of you who are still in the dark…

Cyber Monday is the Black Friday of e-commerce. It is the Monday following Thanksgiving and represents the kick-off of Internet holiday shopping. So if you missed Black Friday… No problem! Pull out your computer and begin e-tailing!

In honor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I have compiled a list of fantastic tea companies, who in the spirit of holiday shopping are offering some awesome deals.  Find great gift-giving ideas for your friends, family and co-workers. Don’t forget to add a little something special in the shopping cart for yourself.

Let the shopping begin!

Company Name: Golden Moon Tea
Sales Event: Visit Golden Moon Tea and get 10% off all orders from November 27th – December 25th.
Promo Code: ESCAPADE (use at checkout)
Company URL: http://www.GoldenMoontea.com
Company Name: Kamelia Luxe
Sales Event: Get 15% discount on all black teas, which includes the whole StripTeas flagship line! Promotion runs November 26th – December 4th.
Promo Code: blackfriday
Company URL: http://www.originalstripteas.com
Company Name: thepuriTea
Sales Event: Now until 12/1, we’re offering 10% off on all orders and Free Shipping on order of $50 or more. Just in time for the holidays, thepuriTea Gift Box is now available. Choose from 6 different sets, designed for all kinds of Tea Lovers!
Promo Code: CYBMON09
Company URL: http://www.thepuritea.com
Company Name: Red Leaf Tea
Sales Event: Get 20% OFF all teas from November 26th – December 1st.
Promo Code: thanksgiving (use at checkout)
Company URL: http://www.redleaftea.com
Company Name: Teas Etc
Sales Event: Beginning November 26th – November 29th  11:59PM EST Teas Etc is taking 20% of everything with FREE shipping on orders of $60 or more.
Promo Code: GIFT2009
Company URL: http://www.TeasEtc.com
Company Name: Tea Forte
Sales Event: *  Purchase our Tea-Over-Ice Brewing Pitcher and one box of Twelve-Over-Ice Iced teas for $39 from November 27th – December 1st.
Promo Code: Iced39 (use at checkout)
Sales Event: *  Receive Six Free Exotics Duos with $100 purchase, while supplies last.
Promo Code: FREEDUOS (use at checkout)
Sales Event: *  Receive Free Solstice Cup & Saucer with purchase of Winter Solstice Gift Set, while supplies last.
Promo Code: FREECUP (use at checkout)
Company URL: http://www.teaforte.com/
Company Name: Teavana
Sales Event: Shop Teavana’s Holiday Gift Center for Gifts with Meaning. Starting Thursday, 11/26 through Monday 11/30, receive a 2oz bag of Rooibos Rose Garden tea with any order at Teavana.com! As always, you can get Free Shipping on all Teavana orders over $50.
Promo Code: No coupon code is required
Company URL: http://www.teavana.com/Tea-Gift-Center/Gifts-with-Meaning/
Company Name: The Simple Leaf Tea
Sales Event: Get 20% off your order (before shipping and tax). Limit 1 per person now through midnight November 30th.
Promo Code: simple2009
Company URL: http://www.thesimpleleaf.com
Company Name: Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Co
Sales Event: All loose teas (14 new exclusively loose teas) 15% off from November 26th through December 1st.
Promo Code: THANKS09 (at check out)
Company URL: http://www.twoleavesandabud.com
Company Name: White Lion Tea
Sales Event: * Shop White Lion Tea for $1 shipping on all orders, any product, no minimum purchase from November 26th – 29th.
*  Receive a complimentary Winter Tea Sampler Gift Box with all orders of $150 or more from November 26th – December 18th.
Promo Code: No special codes or coupons necessary for either promo.
Company URL: http://www.whiteliontea.com
Company Name: Yogic Chai
Sales Event: Annual sales event, enjoy 40% off your entire purchase on November 26th.
Promo Code: Must visit website and sign up for Yogic Chai Newsletter
Company URL: http://www.yogicchai.com

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I’d like to think that you heard it first here at Tea Escapade. But if you didn’t, that’s okay, I’m going to pretend as though every reader who visits and reads about this upcoming event is seeing it for the first time. With that said, here’s the skinny on the Spring Tea Festa presented by Fang Gourmet Tea…

On Saturday, May 16th Fang Gourmet Tea will be hosting the Spring Tea Festa in the Garnet Room at the Sheraton La Guardia East Hotel in Flushing, New York. Community residents from all age groups and cultural backgrounds are invited to join in on the festivities. Visitors will be able to experience the wonderful art and culture of fine Asian tea from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

After the success of the Tea, Art and Culture Expo in February 2009, Fang Gourmet Tea is glad to bring another tea event to the city. At this exciting and elegant event, visitors will participate in tea sampling and workshops.  ( There will also be scheduled promotional events… but you didn’t hear that from me!) 

Just a few housekeeping rules:

  • Tickets are $5.00 each or $3.00 for Tea Club members;
  • Each ticket entitles the ticket holder to one tea table;
  • If tea is purchased, the price of the ticket can be deducted plus you’ll receive 20% off your purchase!

Sadly, being that I am from the Midwest, I don’t live close enough to attend this promising event. But for more information, contact Fang Gourmet Tea at 1-888-888-0216 or visit online at Spring Tea Festa.

If you find yourself in the vicinity of the Spring Tea Festa, you must attend and take as many pictures as possible to share with those of us unable to attend. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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worldteaexpoI am so excited to continue writing about The World Tea Expo!  On Sunday, I eagerly returned to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for day two of the World Tea Expo. How could I share my Saturday adventures, without sharing Sunday’s? Before I begin, I must give kudos to my husband for walking the exhibit floor for over three hours with me. The World Tea Expo fueled my passion for tea – unfortunately, I fear he experienced subtle agony!

Thus the day began with another Skill Building Workshop – Blending Level 1, taught by Steve Schwartz, CEO/Founder of Art of Tea. The first half of the class began with awesome instruction about tea types, natural vs. artificial flavors, and organic vs. kosher certifications. The workshop culminated with actual hands-on blending. Yes, I returned home with an abundance of tea blended by me with my classmates. If my family and friends are reading this post – Merry Christmas in advance – I’ll be giving you tea.

After the Blending Level 1 workshop – I had an opportunity to interview two more exhibitors. Mary Greengo, the proprietor of Queen Mary Tea and Michael Harney from the renowned Harney and Sons Fine Teas. Both interviews will be forthcoming. The day ended, for me at least, with a final walk around of the exhibit floor. Of course, I chatted with many great vendors and sampled more tea and tea related products, which was awesome.

So a quick re-cap of another amazing day:

  • Skill Building Workshop: Tea Blending 1;
  • Interview with Mary GreenGo – from Queen Mary Teas;
  • Interview with Michael Harney – from Harney and Sons Fine Teas;
  • Wonderful conversations with Adagio Teas, Art of Tea, Botanical Bakery Tea Cookies, FORLIFE, Harvest House Publishers, PeLi Teas, Rooibos Ltd., TeaGschwendner USA, and many more.

I truly look forward to sharing Monday’s adventures! Additionally, I will follow this post with the list of winners from the World Tea Championship.

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