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Meet us at the Midwest Tea Festival in September, 2017!

Midwest Tea Festival

Join us for 2017 at the Midwest Tea Festival

Tea Lover Teas and Tea Lover Gift Baskets will be heading to Kansas City, Missouri  in just a few short weeks – the weekend of September 9-10th, 2017. Are you tea-curious? Looking for a unique tea gift for a tea lover? Spent the day or weekend at this expanded tea-centric event having an experience you will not soon forget.

The 3rd Annual Midwest Tea Festival is a full weekend in 2017! September 9 from 10am-4pm and Sept 10 from 11am-4pm. same venue as 2016, the Ararat Shrine Temple. Plenty of parking and easy to get to.

With a full weekend, we’ll have twice the number of speakers, more tasting cafe sessions and more vendors with a greater variety of tea related items. If you like tea at all, even if you are just “tea-curious”, this is THE event to go to in the Midwest region!

As always, a portion of admission sales go to our local charitable partner.

Tickets will go on sale in tiers, with the first 100 sold being at a super discounted price. Admission will still be available at the door and you will always get a way to taste all the teas on offer, but you are guaranteed a souvenir porcelain tasting cup and goodie bag ($12 value) if you get a ticket in advance.


Advance tickets are also the only way you can sign up for the small group tasting cafe sessions.  You can go to up to 2 TOTAL sessions over the weekend. Sessions are still limited in availability by our available session hosts, time and space.

There will still and always be tea to taste for free at the vendor booths. So even if you don’t get signed up for one of those 30 minute small group sessions, you won’t miss out on tea. The main stage and specialty stage speakers we have are also open to anyone to attend so you won’t miss out on valuable tea info, either.

Hit the “Going” or “Interested” buttons at the top of the Midwest Tea Festival home page to make sure you see news and updates on the festival in your feed. To ensure you know right when those discounted tix go on sale, you need to sign up for our newsletter at the website, Midwest Tea Festival   (at the bottom of the home page) as it will be announced to those subscribers first. Then it will be announced on the Facebook event page a few days later, then eventually on the Midwest Tea Festival main page  (assuming there are still discounted tix available by then!).

If you’d like to volunteer to help out for a day and get in for the other day free of charge, drop us a message here with your email, use the contact form on the website or email us at midwestteafest@gmail.com

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Cherry season ergo Cherry Champagne Cuvee jam season – yum!

I interrupt the reporting from the 2017 Southwest Tea Festival to introduce the beginning of the cherry season ergo cherry champagne jam making season.

The cherry season at home here in the San Jose, California area begins in May. The cherry season in Denver does not begin until the end of June. I was with my son and his family in Denver from the end of May until the end of June – so I had to pack up my canning equipment and bring it with me to use during my visit.

I was in Denver to help welcome the last planned grandchild, baby Sol, who arrived early on June 2nd. He has a two year old sister, May, and an eleven year old half-brother Miles. Miles is pictured with me, excited (not) about pitting cherries.

Stephanie and Mile pitting cherries 2017

Miles (not) enjoying pitting pounds and pounds of bing cherries.

I pitted pounds and pounds of cherries and made batch after batch of our Tea Lover Gift Baskets Cherry Champagne Cuvee Artisan Jam . I never get tired of making jam. Sipping the champagne throughout might be the reason. A basket of tea, scones and jam are a delicious, thoughtful tea gift idea.

I usually pack the jam in 4 ounce jars for the tea gift baskets and for sale at Tea Festivals. I pack larger jars for personal use. This year I departed from the norm. I packed the jam in 4 ounce jars and also in 8 ounce jars, then the larger jars for personal use.

Those of you who have purchased our jam and would like to buy more can now buy the 8 ounce size – get more jam and save some money.

Tea Lover Gift Baskets and Tea Lover Teas will have a booth at the Midwest Tea Festival in Kansas City, MO the weekend of September 9th and 10th, 2017. This is our next show.

If you are in the area, come on out and enjoy the two day show. Stop at our booth and say hello. We’d love to meet you.

Tea Lover Gift Baskets Cream tea and scones tea gift basket

Cream tea and scones gift from Tea Lover Gift Baskets

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Part 3 of 22: Tea Folks take on a great tea gift idea

Sad news. Tea Folks is closed. The website closed – April 30th, 2017.

Helen Schussler had her company table ‘Tea Folks’ next to ours at the 2017 Southwest Tea Festival. She and her assistant were very knowledgeable about tea and very friendly.

Even though her store is closing, she had a great tea gift idea.

Create your own tea blend! Tea Folks was selling a variety of delicious teas and tea blends. What was unique to Tea Folks is that they also offered an option to make your own tea blend. The adventurous tea drinker picked a plain tea base; green, black, or herbal tea. Then there were many taste tempting options to add to the plain tea base to create your own tea blend (see the photo below).

We saw many people throughout the Festival take advantage of the opportunity to make their own signature tea blends. So I knew this was a great tea gift idea before I approached Helen later in day on Sunday and asked her opinion on what a great tea gift idea would be.

Keep a look out for other tea companies that offer the opportunity for you to make your own tea blend. Local to me, Steepers in downtown Campbell, CA, has a tea blending station where one can create their own tea blend. If you know your gift recipient well, create a signature tea blend for them with their favorite flavors. If you do not feel that brave, give them a gift certificate so they can create a tea blend themselves. If possible, share the experience with the gift recipient. A recurring theme in great tea gift ideas is sharing yourself and tea with someone you care about.

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Part 2 of 22 Wholesale tea company Tealet at the 2017 Southwest Tea Festival

Representing the wholesale tea company Tealet at the Southwest Tea Festival this year – 2017 –  were Founder and CEO Elyse Petersen and her brother, Michael Petersen, Marketing and New Media Director (and photographer extraordinaire), as well as Rie Tulali, General Manager and other team members.

Tealet partnered with Naomi Rosen of Joy’s Teaspoon to present the Southwest Tea Festival.

Tealet’s mission is to connect tea buyers directly with small family farms around the world. Through Tealet, tea lovers can learn more about the people behind their teas, and access quality teas from around the world. Tea growers can become empowered to take their specialty tea craft to the next level of quality and consciousness.

Their goal is to be a transparent platform for the tea industry. In turn tea lovers get to experience better quality tea and provide a sustainable future for tea.

The Tealet grower network is composed of family farms and independent cooperatives in 8 different countries and 15 different growing regions, all with a dedication to their craft and their communities. Elyse explains, “Through our online platform you can trace our teas from field to cup. From videos from the tea gardens, to detailed profiles of each farm, we have designed our platform to make it simple for you to source the best teas from independent growers around the world”.

I encourage you to check out the videos and the teas descriptions at their online  tea chest.  Very well done documentaries personally introducing us to tea farmers around the world. I found it a very unique experience.

A way to help support these small family growers is through purchasing a tea subscription.

$49.95 (at this writing) for a two month supply of tea; 60 grams of a variety of teas direct from the grower – enough to make 120 cups of tea – enough to share. You will be able to connect with the grower and learn more about their community and tea cultivation history via online videos and content for each tea.

In answer to my question, Elsye’s great tea gift idea is their four tea Global Tea Taster Box $50. It cannot be ordered directly from the website but send her an email and she will make it happen for you.

Read their Blog, or sign up for their newsletter. They distribute the Tea Journey publication and Tea 101 videos. To further support their efforts, tea shirts (get it, tea shirts J) are available for sale online.

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New Green Tea Magnet & Infuser Set

Green Tea Magnet & Infuser Set, introduced recently by the Charles Viancin Group (known worldwide for their nature-inspired silicon lids and kitchen/bar tools) is a very attractive, fun new tea infusion set – a great tea gift idea.

Their products can be viewed and purchased at their online store – just opened in 2015. On their website, I did not see information that their products can be found in any brick and mortar stores. I have not ordered one yet.

I read about and saw the photo for this new tea infusing set in the March, 2017 Kitchenware News trade magazine under the Gadget of the Month section and was immediately attracted. To date, I have not found any tea related anything sporting actual tea plant art – and tea plants with their flowers are very beautiful indeed. That was the first thing that attracted me to this new set – that the form resembles the tea plant.

I personally like using silicon products in the kitchen. They are colorful, flexible, clean easily and are almost indestructible. This product is dishwasher safe, oven safe up to 250 degrees and BPA free. A favorite of ours and another great tea gift idea are the silicon Tuffy Steepers available through Tea Lover Teas.

Beyond the silicon, I felt good about the stainless steel basket. The precision holes seem small enough to keep rooibos and herbals inside the infuser basket not floating around in our infusions. But there are enough holes to allow water to move freely over the leaves. Not all infusers can do both.

What is unique about this set is the magnet. On the  bottom of the silicon tea plant (handle) is a magnet. We use this magnet to lift the infuser basket out of the water. Our hands stay dry and clean. There are matching accessories, we can buy separately, in which to set the infuser basket. The mug has a very artistic rendering of a tea plant painted on it. The mug comes with another version of the infuser basket. Check out their website under tea accessories for more information and a video of the Green Tea Magnet infuser set.

If you would like to try out a Charles Viancin Group product before making a purchase, check out tomoson.com. Once you set up a free account with Tomoson, you can apply to get a Charles Viancin overboil ring free in exchange for reviewing the ring on your social media sites. Sadly, they do not have their tea accessories available to review currently.

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Take your Valentine to Afternoon Tea

One of the best gifts we can give another is our time. When that time is spent enjoying afternoon tea together, it is a joy to be with people you care about.

Afternoon tea provides little bites of savories and sweets, delicious hot tea and even champagne or a cocktail. Something for everyone.

I took my Valentine, my husband, to Tyme for Tea in Fremont, CA to enjoy a royal afternoon tea this Valentine’s Day. Tyme for Tea, as well as many tea rooms in the Bay Area had special Valentine’s Day teas over the weekend. I wanted to celebrate on Valentine’s Day proper.

The mouthwatering aroma of baking scones greeted us. Having been to Tyme for Tea before, we selected the Royal Afternoon Tea. Mark selected the Assam tea; I selected the decaf blackberry sage tea. The Royal tea came with 4 choices of champagne; I picked the plain, Mark the mimosa. I tried to get a photo of us toasting, but did not have enough hands, so Mark took a photo of me with our two champagne glasses in a toast.

For me, the amount of food served at tea is too much. I usually eat half of everything and am still full when I get done. This day, I ate the entire apricot white chocolate, freshly baked scone with the delicious lemon curd, cream and preserves. So satisfying! I ate the three hot savories and tasted the two sandwiches. There was a mushroom pastry, I’ve had before that is ‘meaty’ and has an intense mushroom flavor. There was a cheese and artichoke crostini, so fresh tasting and crunchy, and there was a new chees-ie pastry roll up savory I enjoyed. Then I had to forgo the desserts because I was too full.

My husband took them with him to work, the desserts were heart shaped shortbread cookies, heart shaped petit fours and large chocolate and peanut truffles dipped in chocolate.  I had tasted these not long ago when my mother, daughter and I visited Tyme for Tea together. I knew how good they were so I did not feel I was missing anything.

There were fresh Gerber daisies on each table. Around the water jar for the flowers were hard candy hearts so traditional for Valentine’s Day. The pink, yellow, green and purple candies that say ‘love you’ or ‘too sweet’. I never did find out if we were supposed to or not, but Mark and I ate, and had a good time with those candy hearts.

Sharing afternoon tea with your spouse or significant other at Valentine’s Day or other holiday is special. Tea rooms usually have special events or menus at the holidays. My girlfriends and I visit tea rooms often to celebrate our birthdays or just because.

The women in my family enjoy afternoon tea regularly, no matter where we are visiting. In March, for my mother’s birthday, it is her turn to find a tearoom when we visit her in Houston, TX.

And then about the gifts….. I don’t give my husband greeting cards anymore. After I picked up off the floor the last card I bought him, we talked about it. He does not really care about receiving cards. I love to receive cards. He bought me a card. I bought him a Chicago Cubs championship baseball cap. I thought I was being clever putting it in a Victoria Secret bag, but he did not flinch one bit. He did, though, love the hat. I scored!

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Ooh La La Sharing a Cup of Friendship tea gift basket, French style

The perfect tea gift idea to celebrate the friends in your life – the oh-so-sweet one, the special one, the faithful one, and even the newly found one – with Partager une coupe de l’amitié or Sharing a Cup of Friendship, French style. $61.99.

Sharing a Cup of Friendship Tea Lover Gift Baskets

Remember her birthday, cheer a job well done, commiserate feeling low, or celebrate the holiday season with this unique, hand crafted tea lover gift basket.

This original, made in the US,  tea gift basket design includes:

o   Beautifully illustrated, hardcover book entitled Sharing a Cup of Friendship. Five (5) different friend themed afternoon tea ideas complete with recipes and tea pairings. Special Friend afternoon tea has a French theme. We will handwrite your sentiments on the presentation page.

o   The’ De Mes Revesor Tea of My Dreams green tea. Organic Chinese, sencha style, green tea blended with hibiscus, osmanthus and calendula petals. An ounce, enough for 8-12 cups hot or 2 quarts, or more, iced.

o   The’ Amour or Tea Lover black tea. Black tea, apple bits, orange peels, cinnamon, currants, almond flakes, cloves and safflowers. An ounce, enough for 8-12 cups hot or 2 quarts, or more, iced.

o   Je Vis D’Amour et The’roasted herbal tea. A ‘french roast’ flavor. Roasted dandelion and chicory root, crystal and chocolate barley malt. An ounce, enough for 8-12 cups hot or 2 quarts iced.

o   Honey. Small jar of locally grown light honey.

o   Honey dipper. Traditionally styled wooden honey dipper.

o   Cookies. Package of 3 French Galette butter and French sea salt tea cookies.

o   French TeaTime greeting card, of exceptional quality. Hand crafted in the US on linen paper, this 5” by 7” raised edge card, on which we handwrite your sentiments, silhouettes a French woman enjoying a pot of tea in her boudoir.

o   Tea Infusion guidelinesprofessionally printed for repeated use.

o   Craft/Memory cardboard boxbeautiful, coordinating and oh so practical.

o   Romantic vintagelace ribbon & coordinating handpicked embellishments.

Available now at Tea Lover Gift Baskets while supplies last. Thank you.

 

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