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Introducing Colombian Tea!

Introducing Colombian Tea!

by Niraj Lama April 20, 2017 0 Comments

One of the interesting developments after our Leaf Tea Bar was selected by CNN as one of the top 11 tea houses in the world, was receiving queries from many tea producers around the world. They wanted to know if we would like to feature their fine teas at our shop. One such missive came from an unexpected place – Colombia.

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CNN, lists Leaf as among the best tea houses in the world

CNN, lists Leaf as among the best tea houses in the world

by Niraj Lama March 12, 2017 0 Comments

Last month we were truly humbled and honored when Leaf Tea Bar​ found itself listed as one of the World's 11 Best Tea Houses by CNN​. The news came out of the blue. For the first few moments we were just so stunned that we did not know what to say or think.

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Chanoyu presentation

Chanoyu presentation

by Niraj January 29, 2017 0 Comments

A rare presentation on Japanese Tea Ceremony or chanoyu was held recently at Leaf Tea Bar, a newly opened tea house in South Wedge. A booked out audience of tea enthusiasts participated in the ceremony that was led by Rie Maywar, a local certified chanoyu instructor.

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Chigusa

Chigusa

by Niraj January 18, 2017 0 Comments

We have named our upcoming presentation on Japanese tea ceremony, Chigusa. The event takes place this Sunday 01/22 at Leaf Tea Bar. If you are curious what Chigusa means, it is but a name of a clay jar that was used to store tea in Japan. No, not a type of a jar, but a jar that dates back to the 14th Century and was named Chigusa by tea men who had fallen in love with it. Today, the jar sits in the Smithsonian Institution.

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2016 was great. 2017 will be better.

2016 was great. 2017 will be better.

by Niraj January 04, 2017 0 Comments

Amidst the political whirlwind of 2016, we took a significant step in our business with the opening of Leaf Tea Bar in a charming Rochester, NY neighborhood. This brick-and-mortar avatar of Happy Earth Tea came after nearly 12 years of nurturing the dream which began with our first business, Darjeeling Tea Exclusive founded in 2005 in Darjeeling, India.  

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From the archives

From the archives

by Niraj Lama July 23, 2016 0 Comments

This 1890 photograph from the archives of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, shows one JC Oswald (third person from the left), at a tea tasting room in Fuzhou in China's Fujian province. According to the photographer's caption, in order to consistently judge the color of the tea and the tea leaves, a tea-tasting room would face north and be top-lit, just like an early photographer’s studio.

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Himalayan Green meets the ocean

Himalayan Green meets the ocean

by Niraj Lama May 02, 2016 0 Comments

It is always exciting to receive reviews from our customers. Tea is a personal experience – as someone rightly described, each cup is a voyage - so descriptions of the same tea by different people can vary. And, that enhances our own experience of the cup.

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Mother's Day Special Offer

Mother's Day Special Offer

by Niraj Lama April 30, 2016 0 Comments

Let the mother in your life know how special she is by giving her some of our fine organic teas complete with a personalized label. Because we love mothers, take 10% off your order with this code "MOTHERSLOVE."

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Early Spring Teas from Nepal

Early Spring Teas from Nepal

by Niraj Lama April 13, 2016 0 Comments

We are really excited to be introducing two exclusive “early Spring” teas from Jun Chiyabari, our Organic tea producer-partner in Nepal. These teas were manufactured in March. Normally, the first flush production for Jun Chiyabari, which is situated between 5000 ft – 6000 ft, takes place only in April.

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Darjeeling First Flush 2016 report

Darjeeling First Flush 2016 report

by Niraj Lama April 05, 2016 0 Comments

Darjeeling first flush 2016 production is currently on in full swing. After a slow start due to less than normal rain for most of March, gardens are reporting a much better harvest since the rains came down at the end of the month.

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At Margaret's Hope

At Margaret's Hope

by Niraj Lama March 25, 2016 0 Comments

Enjoy this slideshow of our visit to the famous Margaret's Hope Tea Estate in Darjeeling in November 2015. Although, we do not offer tea from this garden, since it is not Organic, it was nice to look around and meet up with our old friend, Arun Gurung, who is the assistant manager there.

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Chado  - Lesson 2

Chado - Lesson 2

by Niraj Lama March 17, 2016 0 Comments

We began with a review of the four principles of Chado, or Chanoyu for our second class on Japanese tea ceremony. I had been unable to recall all of those principles in the last blog post since taking notes and photos during the lessons are not encouraged. Total focus is demanded.

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Dong Pian (Winter Petal) Oolong

Dong Pian (Winter Petal) Oolong

by Niraj Lama March 10, 2016 0 Comments

They call it the “winter petal.”  Dong Pian, in Chinese. The unexpected juxtaposition of the name lured me with its poetic charm. Behind the poetry lay a compelling story. A tea such as this could not be passed.

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Chado - Lesson 1

Chado - Lesson 1

by Niraj Lama March 07, 2016 0 Comments

Ichi-go Ichi-e, ONE time ONE chance,” said sensei* Atsuko Nishida-Mitchell. She was quoting the great 16th Century tea master, Sen No Rikyu who laid down the principles of what we know today as the Japanese tea ceremony. According to Rikyu, every tea ceremony had to be approached as a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. And so it seemed to me, this opportunity to learn about the tea ceremony in a series of classes, the first of which took place this past weekend at the Enkyoji Buddhist Temple of Rochester.

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Know your Alishan Jin Xuan

Know your Alishan Jin Xuan

by Niraj Lama March 02, 2016 0 Comments

Jin Xuan oolong, also popularly called “Milk Oolong,” is made from a relatively new cultivar of tea developed by the Taiwan Tea Research and Extension Station (TRES) in 1981. The tea is fragrant and coats the palate with a creamy sweetness that is highly satisfying. It is easy to steep and relatively inexpensive for a high-mountain oolong. No wonder it is one of the most popular oolongs in Taiwan.

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Presenting Tea at Shimmering Light

Presenting Tea at Shimmering Light

by Niraj Lama February 27, 2016 0 Comments

Every time I heard the mention of Shimmering Light Farm, a place located south of Rochester, NY by Canandaigua lake, it had conjured up images of wholesome, healing activities. I was, therefore, excited when I got invited to give a presentation on tea at the farm.  

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Summer and Autumn in Muscatel Valley

Summer and Autumn in Muscatel Valley

by Niraj Lama January 14, 2016 0 Comments

Today I decided to do a side by side taste comparison of our Muscatel Valley, Darjeeling 2015 summer and autumn flushes. Comparison of teas, similar is some aspects (tea garden), but different in other (in this case, seasons), opens up our palate to the nuances of fine teas that we so enjoy.

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Here's to 2016!

Here's to 2016!

by Niraj Lama January 04, 2016 0 Comments

2015 had some harsh notes in its finish. The shadow of terrorism and related conflicts, and climate change cast its long shadow across the world. Right here in Rochester, NY, a local was arrested hours before he could launch an alleged ISIS-inspired attack in a downtown pub on new year's eve. The city's fireworks were cancelled - like in many parts of the world - in the wake of the incident.

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Concubine Oolong

by Niraj Lama December 22, 2015 0 Comments

We are delighted to offer Concubine Oolong, a well regarded Taiwanese oolong from its two main manufacturing seasons, spring and winter

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Paris climate conference and us

Paris climate conference and us

by Niraj Lama December 09, 2015 0 Comments

The historic Paris climate change conference will end this week. As experts argue and hussle, the big questions for us are: can we rise above our politics and economics to honor this gift of Mother Earth, and leave it better than we found it for those coming after us? Or are we doomed for self-extinction due to our greed and selfishness?

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A visit to Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden

A visit to Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden

by Niraj Lama November 21, 2015 0 Comments

It was pandemonium at the Indo-Nepal border: long lines of trucks stalled on the Indian side, crowd milling through haywire traffic, groups of angry men yelling, motorists pounding on their horns, determined families dragging their children and luggage, garbage and dust flying all over.

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How to make matcha

How to make matcha

by Niraj Lama October 07, 2015 0 Comments

Making matcha may appear daunting to beginners, but actually it is not that difficult. Once you have made it a few times, you might wonder why you brought yourself so late to this tea party!

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Types of Sencha

by Niraj Lama September 19, 2015 0 Comments

Different types of Sencha

When "Ochatsubo Dochu", a procession carrying the year's first harvest of tea in 18th Century Japan, would pass through a village, residents knelt on the ground as a mark of reverence. Although the respect might have been inspired by the Shogun, the beneficiary of the procession and the recipient of the tea, it would be fair to assume that some it was also evoked by the tea. 

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New Studio Hours

by Niraj Lama September 13, 2015 0 Comments

Starting from 9/14/15 we will be keeping new hours at our Tea Studio located at the Hungerford Building.

Tuesday-Friday 9:30 am - 2:00 pm 

Additionally on Friday 6:00 pm - 9 pm

Tea Classes & Special Events, Tuesdays 6:00 pm - 7:30pm

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