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July 27, 2006

I’m a little Tea Pot…

Filed under: Oolong Tea,Phoenix,Tea Culture,Tea preparation — Administrator @ 2:43 pm

“I’m a Little Teapot……”

They may be small, but what they lack in size they make up in originality and creative design. Yixing pots (yee-shing), named after the town where they are crafted, are prized by collectors all over the world. What makes these tea pots so special? It is the clay (zisha) they are made out of. The clay, which can only be found in the southern portion? of Jiangsu province, about 120 miles northwest of Shanghai in China, has? three characteristic colors: light buff, cinnabar red and purplish brown. The blue and dusty black also found with Yixing pots is achieved by mixing certain minerals into the clay. Zisha remains very strong once fired and since little contraction occurs during firing and drying, the lid fits tightly which helps prevent loss of heat and aroma.

Tea aficionados consider Yixing pots superior vessels for tea brewing because the purple clay is porous and absorbs small amounts of tea with every brewing. The patina which develops over time retains some of the flavor and scent of the tea brewed in the pot which explains why it is best to chose one particular (your favorite) tea for brewing in this pot. Some tea drinkers will swear that after repeated use, you can fill the pot with hot water and still get a good cup of tea out of it.

Typically used for Oolong teas, these pots only hold a small amount of water.? But, this allows for maximum tea/water contact producing a great cup of tea.? Most teas can be infused 3 or more times in these pots making them as functional as larger pots despite their size.

Yixing pots are hand crafted and often multiple colors are applied and inlaid to achieve the unique and fascinating designs. There are hundreds of styles, shapes, and designs available from simple to intricate.? To get an idea of what is available, check out CCCI’s website

March 9, 2006

Tea Store First of it’s kind in Arizona

Tea Store first of its kind in Arizona

Owners Kerstin and Bret Wingert missed the tea shops of Europe and has a vision to bring that experience to life in Arizona.? SouviaTM Tea located at 15414 N. 7th Street Suite #8 (Barro’s/Circle K center) provides a place to experience “the perfect cup of tea.”? Check out the website at to learn more about SouviaTM ? and tea. The store is open Tuesday-Friday 10-7 and Saturday 10-5.


SouviaTM Tea has Arizona’s largest selection of over 100 loose leaf teas, fruit blends, and herbals from the planet’s finest tea estates to suit every palate.? From the sublime taste of a first flush Darjeeling to the “curl up and enjoy” tastes of flavored teas like Tiramisu Mascarpone.? You’ll find old favorites like English Breakfast tea and Earl Grey.


Let the SouviaTM Tea staff help you select the teas you love, sample something new, or enjoy a pot of tea and pastries in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere inside the store.


Of course, SouviaTM Tea also sells all the accessories you need from European and Asian style tea pots to Rock Sugar stir sticks.


SouviaTM Tea holds regular tea-tastings, and workshops to provide customers with ongoing education about the health benefits, origin, quality and ceremonial use of tea.


With a contemporary European design that reflects the natural basis of the product offered, SouviaTM ? strives to create an environment that appeals to tea drinkers of all levels.


Stop in, slow down, and enjoy some fine tea!

January 1, 2006

Welcome to the Souvia Tea Blog!

We’ll use this section of the site to post information we discover about, tea and tea ware.? We will also archive past newsletters and questions.


Bret Wingert, Souvia

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