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April 26, 2011

Direct from the Estate into your Cup!

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 2:18 pm


As a small business, we mostly have to rely on tea importers to obtain the teas for our store. For the past two years, however, we have bee establishing a relationship with Glenburn Estate in India, which makes it possible for tea businesses our size to purchase the teas directly at origin.

Glenburn estate is located in Darjeeling, India. It is a 1600 acre plantation with breathtaking views over the Kanchenjunga Mountain Range. The estate stretches from an elevation of 3700 ft all the way down to the sandy banks of two snow-fed Himalayan rivers.

At Glenburn in Darjeeling, where the higher altitude provides the necessary “stress” to the tea plants � giving the tea its characteristic flavor, the succulent leaves result in a very attractive tea with a purplish bloom and a sprinkling of silvery tips.

The estate is family operated in its 5thgeneration by the Prakash family, also known as the� Chaiwala family� (tea planters).Originally started by a Scottish tea company in 1859, the Prakash family has now been cultivating magnificent teas for over a century.

Bret and I had the pleasure to meet Husna Prakash, one of the estate owners and operators at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas tweo years ago and have been importing some of our teas directly from the estate.  Very popular is the Konghea Assam with its rich and malty flavor  and the Glenburn Darjeeling. A few months ago, we purchased a small quantity of  an Glenburn Autumn Oolong with an exquisite floral note, smooth mouth feel and a taste that incorporates the characteristics of a Darjeeling with those of a well-produced oolong.

I just received word from Husna, that the production of “First Flush Darjeeling” has begun. These prized Darjeelings are eagerly awaited by tea aficionados. Due to our connection with the estate, we will  be offering the 2011 Glenburn Darjeeling “First Flush’  at Souvia by the beginning of next month 

Don’t forget to stop by for a sample!

April 16, 2011

It’s getting warmer – time for Iced Tea

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — wbwingert @ 10:59 am

Check out an easy way to make Iced Tea without heatingup the Kitchen

Iced Tea made Easy –

April 11, 2011

Are You Ready for a Little Spring Cleaning?

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:41 am


Spring is the time when we get rid of the old (that which does not serve us any longer) and bring in the new!  Typically,  long winter months are marked by reduced activity levels and increased indulgence and our bodys might reflect this on the outside as well as on the inside.

For many people this is the time to shed a few pounds and get back into their workout routines. What about cleaning up on the inside and shedding some of those toxins that have accumulated due to poor diet, limited physical activity and not to mention exposure to pollutants around us?

If you want to “clean house” completely, join us at Souvia for our “DETOX NATURALLY” class this coming Sunday from 2PM -4PM.

Next to learning why it is important to cleanse periodically, you will be introduced to several safe herbals that are commonly used to detox the liver, kidneys and gallbladder.  After gaining some insight into why and how to detox, you get to create your own detox blend to make a tea or even a tincture.

It is a hands on event and equally informative and entertaining! Don’t miss it…

April 9, 2011

Phoenix Business Journal Article on Souvia

Filed under: Newsletter,Phoenix,Tea in Arizona — wbwingert @ 12:00 pm

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See the original story here in the Phoenix Business Journal