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December 17, 2013

Human Being vs. Human Doing

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:08 am

Flowers Floating in Herbal Teadetox


I had a really busy week and when I woke up Sunday – of course with plans for the day – I realized quickly that I lacked the energy to take anything on.  It is so easy to get caught up in our responsibilities and plans that we do not listen to our body and it’s needs.

Do you have a headache, feel fatigued or experience what seems the beginning of a cold? That is your body screaming at you – I NEED REST!

I used to ignore those signs, kept busy and thought I could just push through it. The reality is, however, that your body will pull the rug from underneath you and before you know it, that cold will have caught up with you. Instead of jeopardizing your health and all the holiday fun ahead of you, listen to those signals your body sends, take some time and relax. It is okay to be a “human being” and not always a “human doing”.

For me this meant cancelling my Sunday plans, taking a nap and relaxing with a cup of tea by the fire. Of course the tea I prepared had special ingredients that not only soothed my mind, but also recharged my batteries. I call it the “Uplifter” and am more than happy to share the recipe with you:

3 parts lemon balm

2parts chamomile

2 parts nettle

2 parts Eleuthero

1 part rose petals

Mix all ingredients until well combined. Use 1 tsp of the mixture for 6oz of boiling water. Let the herbs steep for 8-10 minutes and sweeting the tea with a little honey.

This tea is mild enough to be used daily!





December 13, 2013

Pu-erh – a tea that will get better with age!

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:03 am


Until recently, Pu-erh ( poo-air) was mostly unknown outside of China. It is named after the small town in the Yunnan province of China, were it grows and where it is traded.


Pu-erh can be found in both black and green varieties, although black is the more common variety here in the U.S.. To create this special tea, the tea leaves are withered, pan-fired and then aged. Pu-erh teas grow smoother and richer with age – most precious and costly are aged pu-erh cakes that up to 50 years old. Most teas available here are aged for a shorter time, therefore a bit more affordable and available for those with a less patience.


Approach this tea with an open mind!  The strong earthy taste of Pu-erh will either leave you wanting more immediately, or rejecting it. For me it was an acquired taste, but I very much enjoy the full and rich flavor and the wonders it does to indigestion. The character is most often described as “organic, overripe fruit, sweet and smooth”. This deep dark brew can even be as strong as a cup of coffee.


Pu-erh is available  loose or compressed into cakes (as it was customary whe nthe caravans travling overland transported tea from China to trading posts along the silk road).  This tea is best enjoyed through multiple steepings. Boil water and pour over the leaves. Steep for one minute and enjoy a cup; then re-steep the leaves for 90 seconds, enjoy and repeat if desired, for up to 2 minutes.

Besides its rich and organic taste, Pu-erh teas help with indigestions and are especially recommended as a digestive after a heavy meal – great when you had one too many pieces of that pumpkin pie!

We offer a wonderful combination of pu-erh with ginger  and a blend with dark chocolate- perfect for those who are new to this varietal or those who like to add a little twist.


December 6, 2013

2014 Souvia Classes Are Now Posted!

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:15 am


Many of you have already been asking for our 2014 class and tasting calendar and we hope to WOW you again with our line up of herbal education classes and tea tastings that will refine your palate.

We also plan to work with practitioners whose skills are complementary to our business and whose expertise will find interest among our customers.

We start the year off with Danny Cabrera, a licensed counselor and hypnotherapist who will explain how hypnotherapy can help you unleash the power within you to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions.

Some of our herbal classes have been so successful that we had a long waiting list and therefore will offer them again so that everybody can join us for Medicine Making 101 and Tummy Tamers to learn which herbs to use to keep the digestion healthy.

Next to our most popular tea class, Tea 101- A Journey into the World of Tea, we will offer regional and comparative tastings for those advanced tea aficionados among you! Stay tuned for more details.

While we try to offer something for everybody’s taste, we welcome your suggestions and ideas for future programs. Just email them to .

Don’t miss out and reserve your seat soon!




December 2, 2013

Green Tea Shortbread

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:15 am


Thanksgiving, the holiday that rings in the Christmas season is over – also starts a period of feasting and culinary indulgences. Who can resists a slice of pumpkin pie or a delicious roasted turkey meal. The word “diet” only evokes guilt and is therefore banned from the vocabulary until the New Year.

There are, however, treats that (if consumed in moderation) do not cause the scale to tip in the wrong direction. By now it is widely known that green tea aids in digestion and may contribute to weight loss. So why not add a little green tea to your cookies and cakes and enjoy those with a cup of good green tea from Souvia!

I came across the following recipe and wanted to share it with all of you since the cookies easy to make and add a little bit of goodness at the same time.


cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup sugar (try coconut sugar if you don’t like them too sweet) 1/2 tablespoon green tea (matcha) powder 1 Teaspoon Green Tea leaves (finely ground) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 3-4 teaspoons water 1/2 cup unsalted, melted butter, 2 Tsp extra sugar for coating

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add vanilla, water, and butter.

Blend together using a blender until a dough forms.

Roll the dough into a sheet approx 1/3 inch thick. Cover with parchment paper/cookie sheet & refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Cut into 1 inch x1 inch squares using your pizza cutter. Sprinkle the top with sugar. Place on baking sheets and bake until the edges are just brown, about 15-18 minutes.

Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks

Now add a cup your favorite cup of tea, sit back and relax with some holiday tunes!


Black Frodo?

Filed under: Tea Enjoyment — wbwingert @ 7:18 am