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2016 Updates

Hi Folks!

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If you’re looking to keep updated with us, follow us on our Facebook page, where we post weekly regarding tea and upcoming events! You’re also welcome to message us there with any questions or thoughts 🙂 We’re also regulars on Instagram and we invite you fun Tea Snobs to tag your drinks with #shenzentea. 😀

This Summer, you can find us at the following markets:

  • Tuesday: Crossroards Farmer’s Market in Bellevue
  • Wednesday: Kirkland, Wallingford, Pike Place Evening Market
  • Thursday: Queen Anne, South Lake Union (Amazon). We will be returning to Broadway in Tacoma and Snohomish next year!
  • Saturday: Redmond, Issaquah, Edmonds, South Lake Union, Shoreline. We will be returning to Gig Harbor next year!
  • Sunday: Ballard, Fremont, Everett, Lake Forest Park, Mercer Island
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Summer Market Schedule

Curious what markets we’re at this Summer?

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Seattle Magazine: Shen Zen Tea Syrups are a Summer Must

We are so excited to be featured in Seattle Magazine’s August issue this summer! Very thankful for all you tea snobs out there!

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The Shen Zen Tea Store: Olympia, WA

Shop signsAs many of you may know, we have opened a storefront inside the Capital Mall, Olympia! It was a busy Winter getting everything prepared and remodeling the space. We’ve got your favorite tins, drinks to-go, syrups, and bulk tea available for you at the space! Stop by if you’re in the area and “Like” our tea shop on Facebook!

And of course, you can find us at your local Farmer’s Markets here in Seattle!

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It’s May! Here we come, Farmer’s Markets!

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Farmer’s Markets are starting up again! We’re excited to bring our Kombucha (along with home kits), bath salts and syrups to the markets this year. This weekend, we will be in the following markets and events:

Saturday:
Redmond Saturday Market (9a-3p)
Issaquah Saturday Market (9a-2p)
Edmonds Garden Market (9a-2p)
Taco Libre in the International District (5p-11p)

Sunday:
Fremont Sunday Market/Taco Libre (11a-7p)
Lake Forest Park Farmer’s Market – opening Mother’s Day (10a-3p)

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Then on Wednesday, we will be in the
Wallingford Farmers Market (3:30p-7p)
Tumwater Farmers Market (11a-2p)

And Thursday in the Tacoma Broadway Farmers Market (10a-3p)

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Redmond Town Center Winter Market!!

RTCWinterMarketHave you heard about the Winter Market at the Redmond Town Center? It’s going to be every Saturday and Sunday starting Nov. 1st until the weekend before Xmas from 10am-6pm where Border’s once was. Shen Zen Tea will be there along with many great vendors from the farmers market you thought you wouldn’t see again until next summer! And, did I mention that it’s going to be indoors?!?! : D

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⚐⚑ Shen Zen Tea in the Fremont Sunday Market ⚐⚑

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We know it has been a long time coming, folks, but Shen Zen Tea has finally made its way into a year-around market. And not just any market, the Fremont Sunday Market! Now you can visit the Fremont Troll, have some awesome falafel from Falafel Salam, and an African Ginger Ale (hot or cold) from Shen Zen Tea right before the Super Bowl! Go Seahawks!
We will also be selling our organic loose leaf teas, so come by to sample some of our new teas since the farmer’s market season ended, like Herbal Revival or Coco Rooibos! We can also take email/phone orders and have you pick up your order from the Fremont Sunday Market free of shipping charge. See you at the market!

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☯ Discover the Zen of Green Tea ☯

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Japanese green teas stand out from other green teas because of the way it is grown and prepared. Japanese green teas are steamed to stop the oxidation process and preserve the chlorophyll in the leaves and then roasted for flavor. Many Japanese green teas also grow in marine climates, where it is moist and cloudy, which makes the leaves on the tea plant greener. As a result, Japanese green teas are not only more delicious, but also healthier.

Our Shizouka Zencha is picked in the early spring, and is traditionally lightly brewed to have rich creamy and gentle vegetal notes, but can also be brewed longer to extract more intense flavors. Early season pickings of sencha tend to have more flavor, since the tea plant is dormant during the winter.

Our Kirishima Bancha is picked in the later summer and early fall because it is a more mature leaf compared to sencha. This gives the tea a more woody and robust taste that is very pleasant.

Genmaicha is our early spring sencha blended with roasted sticky rice. Traditionally, Zen Buddhists often cooked rice and boiled their tea water in the same vessel. When villagers drank tea at the monastery, they noticed a distinct roasted flavor in the green tea. They later discovered that overcooked rice was stuck on the bottom of the water vessel, which added flavor to the tea. Villagers enjoyed the flavor and later began to add roasted sticky rice to their tea to recreate the spiritual experience they had in the monastery.

Click here to learn more about the history and health benefits of Japanese Green tea.

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Detox and Revive

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☯ Balance Your Health ☯

For all you fans of healthy living, we recently developed two new caffeine-free herbal blends, Herbal Zen Detox and Herbal Revival, that can aid in detoxing and replenishing your body; and, perhaps equally as importantly, they taste really good! Our philosophy behind tea and health is to make teas healthy and enjoyable so that tea lovers will make a habit of drinking them daily. Such a habit will have a more beneficial cumulative effect than only drinking the tea occasionally. It took us a lot of research and testing to finalize these blends, but they are finally here!

We revamped our Herbal Zen Detox to include even more important detoxifying ingredients such as organic milk thistle seeds, blueberries, and skullcaps while enhancing the blend’s taste. This detoxicating blend combines a melange of delicious ingredients, rendering a sweet yet cleansing and energizing infusion. The medley of herbs are strategically blended to aid in a detox routine.

Our new Herbal Revival compliments the Herbal Zen Detox very well because this blend was designed to add more nutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants) to your diet. Herbal Revival contains many wholesome herbs and fruit, such as organic holy basil, nettle leaf, blueberries, apples and orange peels. This blend is smooth and refreshing. The earthy notes of holy basil and nettle leaves are balanced with fruity notes of apples and lemons.

Click here to browse our herbal infusions!

A note from Grace!

 

One of the perks of being married to a tea snob is that I get to watch and taste magic happen. As a naturopathic medical student, a major part of our curriculum is botanical medicine; and, it has been fun sharing ideas from what I’ve been learning in medical school with James and Neil.
The whole concept of “detoxing” is to relieve oxidative stress from your body — taking a moment to give your organs a break. The Herbal Zen Detox has herbs such as schizandra berries and milk thistle, which are stocked with antioxidants and are considered liver restoratives.Nettle leaves are nutritive and naturally packed with vitamins and minerals. They’re a perfect fit for the “revitalizing” blend. Combined with holy basil, fennel and the fruits, the Herbal Revival is a happy antioxidant medley.Remember, this should not replace professional medical advice. If you’re interested in pursuing a complete detox program, be sure to check in with your doctor on what options are available to work towards your goals


tea snob’s wife
herbal consultant

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The Journey Begins with a Sip!

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Stainless Steal Infuser + Double Wall Borosilicate Glass + 3 Teas!!!

Every sip of tea is a new experience waiting to be discovered. This tea set, The Journey Begins, is a great way to try some timeless teas that have created tea lovers around the world.

We really pride ourselves for sharing teas that they found inspiring. Because we hand blend and prepare all of our teas right here in Seattle, we can make teas taste fresher than you have ever tasted them before. In this starter set, you can try some of Shen Zen Tea’s re-creations of some classic teas, such as Earl Grey and Masala Chai, and even the non-blended classic Jasmine Green from Hubei, China. Even though we are always on the edge of creating or finding new teas, we are still blown away every time we take a sip of one of these timeless teas.

Click here to bring the tea starter set home or send one as a gift!

Great for a gift and comes with FREE SHIPPING!