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Himalayan Sunshine - a first flush 2020 Nepal tea

Himalayan Sunshine - a first flush 2020 Nepal tea

by Niraj Lama August 01, 2020 0 Comments

Today, we have a very special new teaHimalayan Sunshine, for you! This tea was produced earlier this spring by Jun Chiyabari tea estate (Organic), our partners in Nepal who are incredibly committed to crafting exceptional teas while protecting the environment. 

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Daughter of Darjeeling she was...is

Daughter of Darjeeling she was...is

by mary boland July 15, 2020 0 Comments

On the eve of our daughter’s 13 birthday, I am a little nostalgic reflecting on the incredible journey of our precious girl. Oh, how time flies! It seems like only yesterday when she took her first steps and uttered her first words when we lived in Darjeeling. We could see Mount Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain (on a clear day) from our old British bungalow. Our little girl frolicked in the garden while we drank copious amounts of glorious Darjeeling tea.

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Baozhong Wenshan Oolong and Best Ways to Prepare it

Baozhong Wenshan Oolong and Best Ways to Prepare it

by Niraj Lama July 14, 2020 0 Comments

One of our favorite teas to sip on when the mercury starts scaling the roof is Baozhong Wenshan oolong. There was a heat wave this past week here in upstate NY, and after a few days of respite, we have another one in the forecast. If you are looking to cool off with tea, reach for Baozhong.

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Recipe - Iced Coconut Matcha Latte

Recipe - Iced Coconut Matcha Latte

by Niraj Lama June 10, 2020 0 Comments

It's getting hot out there. It's only June and we have a rare heat advisory out today. One of the things you can do to stay cool and energized is make yourself a iced coconut matcha latte. Its a very easy recipe to follow. (Check out the video at the end).

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Recipe - Happy Hibiscus Iced Tea

Recipe - Happy Hibiscus Iced Tea

by Niraj Lama June 05, 2020 0 Comments

One of our popular iced tea at the tea bar is the "Happy Hibiscus." Made with a blend of our Flor de Jamaica and Rooibos Ginger Lime, the concoction is super refreshing. Here's the recipe and check out the video below.  

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Recipe - Instant Iced Tea

Recipe - Instant Iced Tea

by Niraj Lama May 28, 2020 0 Comments

It's getting warm and toasty out there. Guess what's it time for? Iced Tea!!!

Let me share with you today a very easy method of making iced tea. It is a method we use at Leaf Tea Bar. It is a very easy way to make iced tea this way. There is no need to wait for the tea to cool, and you can make this practically with any tea. I love it with Darjeeling first flushes and other lighter delicate teas.

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New Healing Herbals

New Healing Herbals

by Niraj Lama May 13, 2020 0 Comments

We are extremely excited to now be offering some Ancient Indian Powerhouse healing herbs... Ashwagandha and Triphala. These are some of the most important functional herbs used in Ayurveda, a 3,000-year-old natural medicine tradition from India. 

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Staying Sane During Stay-At-Home

Staying Sane During Stay-At-Home

by Niraj Lama May 01, 2020 0 Comments

It has been around six weeks since we have been confined to our homes. Handling bosses and projects remotely, challenges of home-schooling, lack of socialization, stream of negative news and political rancor that refuses to diminish would wear out the best of us. Given that, I want to share some centering practices that may help you keep your sanity and find a little peace.

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Jun Chiyabari Nepal on COVID-19 and First Flush 2020

Jun Chiyabari Nepal on COVID-19 and First Flush 2020

by Niraj Lama April 26, 2020 0 Comments

Last week we received an email from Bachan Gyawali, the owner of the farm, updating us about the current status at Jun Chiyabari. We were happy to hear some positive news and we thought of sharing it with you here. I will extensively quote Gyawali because it gives you a sense for what it is like on the other side of the planet - almost the same as it were here. The challenges and the triumphs (there are few but they are there) in a world that has never felt this small before.

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Differences Between First Flush, Second Flush and Autumn Flush

Differences Between First Flush, Second Flush and Autumn Flush

by Niraj Lama April 22, 2020 0 Comments

So you might have heard us use the term first flush, second flush and autumn flush particularly when talking about teas from Darjeeling and Nepal. What do these terms mean? Very simply they are used to distinguish different tea productions on the basis of seasons. 

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Green Tea, Its Anti-Viral Effects and Influenza

Green Tea, Its Anti-Viral Effects and Influenza

by Niraj Lama April 09, 2020 0 Comments

Tea may not prevent COVID-19 but past studies suggest green tea has anti-viral properties with preventive effects on influenza and common cold. We chanced upon some research thanks to a book on Japanese tea ceremony.

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COVID-19 and Its Impact on Tea Production

COVID-19 and Its Impact on Tea Production

by Niraj Lama March 27, 2020 0 Comments

Darjeeling first flush 2020 tea, as well as tea from Nepal for the season, will be a rare commodity this year. This sweeping pandemic has brought most of the world to a halt, including tea production. The timing is particularly sad, because now is when plucking begins for some of the world’s finest tea – Darjeeling.

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Types of White Tea

Types of White Tea

by Niraj Lama March 11, 2020 0 Comments

Premium white tea is made primarily from the freshest shoots of yet unopened tea leaves and with minimal processing. Organic white tea can be described as the most pristine form of tea. Not much is done to the leaf - just withering in the sun, piling it up for a while for slight oxidation to set in and then gently baked. No rigorous rolling, pan-frying or shaping.

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Tea ware at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tea ware at Metropolitan Museum of Art

by Niraj Lama January 13, 2020 0 Comments

It was a great way to kick off 2020 for us: a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York city where some priceless tea articles from Japan were on display as part of the exhibition "Kyoto: Capital of Artistic Imagination."

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Location matters for a tea garden

Location matters for a tea garden

by Niraj Lama September 19, 2019 0 Comments

The quality of fine tea is dependent on many qualities, with sunlight, soil content, and elevation drastically effecting the finished product. A lesser known factor, however, is the direction a hill slopes while growing tea.

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Tea Garden Visits - India Summer 2019

Tea Garden Visits - India Summer 2019

by Niraj Lama August 18, 2019 0 Comments

Two things I most love about my job - spending time with customers, and visiting the tea gardens back east. Every time I am driving around the hills where the tea is grown, the beauty of the place makes me feel utterly blessed that I can do this for a living.

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India Trip, Summer 2019

India Trip, Summer 2019

by Niraj Lama August 16, 2019 0 Comments

I just got back from India after a two and a half week trip. Although it was not the intent but me and my travel companion, who in this case happened to be my 12 year old daughter, Tara, ended up "Chasing the Monsoons", like the travel writer Alexander Frater in his once popular book. And like Frater discovering -  in our case rediscovering - the overwhelming life force of India even as the heavens hosed down the sub-continent.

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Nepal Tea Arrives in NYT

Nepal Tea Arrives in NYT

by Niraj Lama June 12, 2019 0 Comments

It was wonderful to see Nepal tea given a lavish spread in New York Times food section recently. We have been selling Nepal tea since spring of 2014. Our customers and us know that these teas are special and have been enjoying every cup of it for all these years. Happy to be ahead of the curve!

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Partying with Spring 2019 Nepal Teas

Partying with Spring 2019 Nepal Teas

by Niraj Lama May 02, 2019 0 Comments

Disregarding an unusually misty and chilly spring morning, we decided to party with our 2019 spring Nepal teas - Himalayan White Tea and Himalayan Spring Tea. And boy did we had a good time!  

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Earth Day Celebrations - Happy Earth Tea and Finger Lakes Land Trust

Earth Day Celebrations - Happy Earth Tea and Finger Lakes Land Trust

by Niraj Lama April 28, 2019 0 Comments

As part of our Earth Day celebrations this weekend we donated couple of thousand dollars towards making our Finger Lakes region even more pristine. Thanks to our partner, Finger Lakes Land Trust and most importantly you our customers who made this possible!

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St Patrick's Day Green Tea Sale

St Patrick's Day Green Tea Sale

by Niraj Lama March 12, 2019 0 Comments

 Join in the revelry with some really strong green tea which you can have all this week at 15% off! Offer valid both online and at Leaf Tea Bar. And there is no need for coupons! Offer ends March 18. Please don't use existing coupons when availing of this discount. 

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Visit to Roji-en, Japanese garden in Delray Beach, Florida

Visit to Roji-en, Japanese garden in Delray Beach, Florida

by Niraj Lama February 24, 2019 0 Comments

"Strolling through a pine forest or bamboo grove, viewing the rock formations, arrangement of plants, and cascading waterfalls, pausing to ponder the quiet surface of the lake and the shoreline - little by little we are encouraged to lay aside the chaos of a troubled world and gently nurture the capacity within to hear a more harmonious, universal rhythm…This is the tremendous power the Japanese gardens at Morikami Park hold for us." - Hoichi Kurisu, Master Garden Designer of Roji-en.

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Toronto Tea Festival, 2019

Toronto Tea Festival, 2019

by Niraj Lama February 03, 2019 0 Comments

After nine years of residing in Rochester, I finally crossed over to the other side of Ontario Lake, to get to the Canadian city of Toronto - thanks to its annual tea festival. For the efforts - which included an early rise and a hangover from the polar vortex of the century - we were richly rewarded. Our day trip was filled with many cups of warm wonderful teas, encounters with equally warm tea enthusiasts, and topped off by a documentary on Darjeeling tea! 

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Happy 2019! We are relocating our store at Eastview Mall

Happy 2019! We are relocating our store at Eastview Mall

by Niraj Lama January 12, 2019 0 Comments

Happy New Year to all our customers and friends! 

For Happy Earth Tea 2019 starts with a big change. We have decided to relocate our store in Eastview Mall, Victor, taking it back to our original location in the South Wedge, Rochester. The last date for Leaf at Eastview Mall will be 27 January.

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