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November 28, 2007

Winter Teas and Holiday Hours

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Administrator @ 11:57 am

nutcracker.jpgAll of the Holiday Teas are on the shelves!? Our new arrivals include Gingerbread House, Almond Dream, Lapacho Apple Spice, Harvest moon, and Sonoran Chili Chocolate.

We are staying open 12-5 on Sundays through Christmas. Our complete Holiday Hours are online now.

November 13, 2007

Summary of the Tea and Health Conference

Filed under: Tea and Health — Administrator @ 4:10 pm

We get a lot of questions about tea and health.? ? ? Some excerpts of a conversation with? Jeffrey Blumberg, director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at Tufts University in Boston and co-chairman of the symposium:

? “Tea has more of the catechins [a group of phytochemicals that act as antioxidants] than any food I am aware of. It is far and away the biggest, richest best source of those phytonutrients, and it’s a pleasant, aromatic and flavorful beverage.”

Are green, black and Oolong teas equally healthy?

“I don’t know of any controlled trials comparing the different colors of tea, but all of them come from the same plant,….and there is a huge overlap in what we are finding in different studies using different kinds of tea. Most… studies…show the same results”

How much do you need to drink to get the health benefits of tea?

“From lots and lots of observational studies, it looks like four to five cups a day will put you in the highest 20 percent for protection against heart disease and stroke. Those who drink four cups or more consistently have the lowest risk of heart disease.”

Read the whole article in the Taipei Times

? This is a nice summary of questions we receive and it is great to see more and more confirmation in the Scientific community.? The Proceeding will be published for those wanting more details and I will post a link here when I locate it.


Another nice summary is in the blog below:

November 9, 2007

Sterling Awards Video

Filed under: Black Tea,Green Tea,Oolong Tea,Phoenix,Tea in Arizona — Administrator @ 11:22 am

Part of the Sterling awards was a profile video about Souvia.? You can see it now on Youtube? Souvia is about 2 minutes and 30 seconds in….?

November 8, 2007

Souvia Tea Wins 2007 Sterling Award!

Filed under: Phoenix,Tea in Arizona — Administrator @ 7:27 pm

We were honored today with some recognition from the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce!


Scottsdale, AZ – November 8th, 2007:? Souvia Tea “gives customers an experience and is giving java a run for its money”? touted the introduction video at the 22nd Annual Sterling Awards luncheon in Scottsdale.? ” We are thrilled to receive this recognition as such a small company, it means our philosophy of service and tea culture is getting notice” says Kerstin Wingert, President and Founder of Souvia® Tea. ? ? The Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce awarded Souvia® Tea a coveted Sterling Award “Recognizing Excellence, Innovation and Community Involvement”.? Winners of the Sterling award are recognized not only for their Innovative businesses but also for what they give back to the community. ? ? ? Souvia® ? ? is recognized for its unique and focused approach on loose tea, its soothing atmosphere, and fabulous customer service.? ? “It is hard to believe that only 3 years ago Souvia was just an idea” continues Wingert.? ? Souvia® supports groups ranging from Arizona State University’s Kerr Cultural Center to Phoenix’s Zoofari.? ? ? Previous winners include, China Mist Tea Company, Motorola, and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

November 5, 2007

Ask Souvia Tea: Sun Tea? Be careful

Many people make iced tea using the? “Sun Tea” method which consists of placing tea in a glass jar in the Sun for several hours.?

We do not recommend “Sun Tea” for several reasons:

First, there is no need to brew tea in the Sun.? It does not provide any benefit over cold steeping.? Prevention Magazine found the hot vs. cold steeping provides no diference in health benefits or taste. From the article “fridge tea actually won (on antioxidants), edging out hot-brewed iced tea made from the same box of Salada Green Tea tea bags.”

Second, The Centers for Disease Control does not recommend this method.
From the article at

“Tea made by placing loose or bagged tea leaves in glass jars of water which
are then left in direct sunlight can harbor bacteria that can make you ill.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, using the sun’s rays to make
tea can facilitate the growth of bacteria. Tea steeped in a jar on your
porch won’t get any hotter than 130deg Fahrenheit, about the temperature of
a really hot bath and not nearly hot enough to kill nasties lurking either
in the water or on the tea itself.”

Alcaligenes viscolactis, a bacteria commonly found in water, consequently
turns up in sun tea.”

Third, Cold steeping is simple, easily done overnight, and doesn’t heat up
your kitchen!

So, give it a try… Cold steep your next batch!