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September 28, 2010

Souvia Saturday Forum: Living Well With Autism

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 9:21 am


When: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 10 AM – Noon

Where: SOUVIA, 15414 7th Street

Cost:      NO FEE

On Saturday, October 2nd, Gayle Nobel will lead a discussion on how to live  well with autism, share her personal experience, answer questions and introduce important tools for thriving on the lifelong journey of living with autism and other life challenges.

Gayle has a connection to autism through her 50 year old brother and 26 year old son who is deeply affected by autism. She has a BA in special education, elementary education and taught special education in the public school system. She also home-schooled her son, Kyle, for 11 years. She is an inspirational speaker, parent mentor and author of two books: Breathe- 52 Oxygen-Rich Tools for Loving and Living Well with Autism (2010) and  It’s All About Attitude: Loving and Living Well with Autism (2006).

During the 2 hour discussion, Gayle will share how she has used the tools described in her books in her own life and how they have helped in living with her son.

Participants will also have the opportunity to practice three of these tools during the session and discover their potential immediate beneficial effects. Gayle will provide  specific, practical support that will help parents of children with autism thrive versus merely survive life’s challenges. She will anser questions and encourage a discussion of attitude and the impact it has in all situations.

Don’t miss this great complimentary educational session on Saturday, Ocober 2nd!

September 25, 2010

Watch “Eatrip” and sample “Souvia Tea”

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:26 am

Eatrip is a charming Japanese documentary, exploring our connection to food and to each other, featuring a singer, a famous actor, a homemaker who lives off the land and a Buddhist monk.

Sit in on a tea ceremony, visit the famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, and gather around the dinner table with this engaging film by director Yuri Nomura.

This Special Showing of “Eatrip” benefits

the Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix

Wednesday, September 29th

Chef’s Loft, Scottsdale

Film showings at 6:30PM and 9:PM

Reception from 8-9PM with Japanese snacks, beverages and

a Matcha Presentation by Souvia

Doors open at 6 PM with taiko drumming on the Scottsdale waterfront. Attendees are encouraged to wear Japanese-inspired attire.

September 21, 2010

Shift Arizona Party is Thursday –

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September 17, 2010

Fall, All About Earl, September

Filed under: Black Tea,Newsletter — wbwingert @ 9:12 am


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In Arizona, Fall temperatures mean highs less than 100 and lows in the 60’s – Elsewhere the signs are more pronounced.  No matter where you live, Fall is here and Halloween is around the corner.  We mark this time with the arrival of new teas and the departure of some of the summer favorites.


Here’s more of what’s coming:

  • Trick or Tea returns for a limited time – Green Rooibos and Black Cats!
  • Hot Tamale and Bamboo Pomegranate will be available on October 1st
  • Our loyalty program continues to evolve, earn double points weekdays from 2pm until 4pm and Fridays  4pm until 6pm – Use points for Classes, brewed teas, and merchandise
  • We continue to seek more re-usable options for tea – it’s better than recyclables!

The Secret of Earl Grey

Wild BergamotWhat sounds like the title of a suspense novel, is the story about the beginnings of a tea which can be considered one of the most popular among traditional black teas.


While there are numerous opinions about when and how this tea blend was created, they all center on a political figure of the 18th century – Earl Grey.  Earl Grey, the person, was born Charles Grey II in England in 1764. He spent most of his life in politics and in 1830, became Prime Minister of Britain. The Earl was very passionate about human rights and used his position to not only abolish slavery in the British Empire, but to also reform the child labor laws. These are the facts recorded in history books, however, what is a little bit more obscure and not so easily agreed upon, is how a very popular tea came to be named after this famous gentleman.


One of the versions I read tells that during his political career, the Earl was very taken with a diplomatic gift he received – a chest of flavored black tea. He liked the tea so much that he asked British tea merchant Richard Twining to match the flavor of this mysterious tea. Twining created a blend of Indian and Ceylon black tea and added a bit of smoky Chinese Lapsang Souchong. He also used a special and rare ingredient which lent this tea its unique citrus fragrance and flavor. Since Twining blended the tea especially for the Earl, it was only fitting to name it after him – Earl Grey!  continued in our blog


September Snapshot

  • Did you know you can create your own herbal blends? We’ll blend them while you wait!
  • Echinacea, Mojito Rooibos, and a new Pouchong oolong are in the store
  • Afraid of the flu shot?  Boost your Immune system with our “Immunitea” class on September 19th
  • The Last “Tea 101” Infotainment session is on October 24th
  • Want easy ways to brew loose teas? Consider the SmartKettle paired with the “Tea Magic” and Iced Tea maker

Thanks for Reading…

Thanks for reading this month.  Many of today’s medicines are synthetic versions of herbals or botanicals.  What common everyday medicine is derived from white Willow bark? Send your answers to .    I will draw 3 winners this month for 50g of any of our herbals or botanicals.


We hope you’ll visit us in the store, at one of our partners or online soon.  If you can’t get in, remember… we ship same day and your tea will arrive quickly!