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May 20, 2011

Summertime, Cupping and Ask Souvia

Filed under: Black Tea,Newsletter,Phoenix,Tea and Health,Tea Classes,Tea Culture — wbwingert @ 10:36 am


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Cupping Tea

Ask Souvia




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Summer’s almost here, that means changes all ’round – temps rise, kids get out of school, vacations, etc.  No different at Souvia, we’ll say bye for now to Caramel apple, Hot Tamale, Mojito, Kenilworth, and Cranberry Peach.  Joining us will be Organic Lemon Verbena and refreshing herb just in time for National Iced Tea Month.

Coming up in June:


  • We have Music on Saturday June 4th from 2-4pm – Scottish,  Irish and Israeli!
  • Spring Fling, Sencha Lavender Mint, and Mango Dream have hit the shelves
  • Tour Focused tasting this Month is Green Tea – stop by on June 18th to learn more
  • Father’s Day is June 19th – How about some Manly Tea?



The Art of Cupping


Just like wine connoisseurs, tea aficionados appreciate the differences in flavor and aroma of the over 3000 different tea varieties.

While some tea-drinkers prefer the consistency of a blend, such as English Breakfast, others enjoy the fluctuations in character of a single origin tea, which is influenced by seasonal changes, early or late harvest, elevation and soil quality.


Regardless of our preference, the tea quality is very important and experienced tea tasters spent countless hours evaluating the leave style, aroma and taste of teas. What the “nose” is to the perfume industry, the “tea taster” is to the tea industry.

Tea tasting, or cupping, is a very structured process during which the quality of the dry and infused leaf is examined, as well as the color and aroma of the liquor and finally the taste of the infusion.


Read the 4 steps on our blog



Ask Souvia….


Periodically, we publish questions and answers to tea related questions we receive.  This month:

What is “cold-steeping” Tea?

When making Iced tea there are two basic methods, cold and hot steeping.  With Hot Steeping one prepares the tea as you would for a hot cup.  The downside is that the tea must be allowed to cool or it will dilutes when poured over ice.  A tick is to add about 50% more tea and then put it over ice… this will make the perfect tasting cup

Cold Steeping takes longer but does not require heating water.

Souvia recommends the following basic steps to make iced tea:

  • Use cool water
  • Allow 1 teaspoon of tea or Rooibos for every 6 ounces of water (for a half gallon use 10 teaspoons)
  • Let the tea and water “steep” for 4-6 hours or overnight in the fridge
  • Pour the tea through a strainer to remove the leaves(or use a T-sac)
  • Enjoy your tea!


Thanks for Reading…


Thanks for reading this month.  Our tea loves to travel -  Take Souvia Teas on vacation and send us a picture!   A picture of a bag of tea, travel mug, etc will work.   Everyone who posts a picture our teas on Facebook or Twitter (@souviatea) of our tea on vacation gets 50g of any of or fruit flavored tea.   The best picture will get a $25 Souvia Gift card!   Runs through August 1st.


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 orders over $50 for free the same day and your tea will arrive quickly!