MatchaBar Opens New Location in Los Angeles

MatchaBar, New York City's matcha-exclusive tea bar/shop opened their newest location in Los Angeles this weekend.  Run by the Fortgang Brothers, Max & Graham, MatchaBar began as a caffeine-addiction turned reality. After falling in love with matcha, they began sourcing their product directly from a single family farm in Nishio, Japan. In 2014, they opened their first MatchaBar in Brooklyn and expanded to Manhattan in 2015. Shortly after, they created their own line of bottled matcha, available at markets in the greater New York area.  MatchaBar's first West Coast location boasts white brick and tile, outdoor patio seating, and new warm-weather friendly signature [...]

MatchaBar Opens New Location in Los Angeles2018-05-15T08:40:33-05:00

Tea Spot Rebrands as Wēi Lóng Dòng Tea House in Austin

So Han Fan, owner of West China Tea Company, has expanded and rebranded his former teahouse Tea Spot along with partner Chris Caballero as Wēi Lóng Dòng Tea House. With the help of smTEAx and crowd-sourcing through IndieGogo, they were able to take a concept housed within Austin's food and beverage collective, the Spider House Cafe, and turn it into a physical location. [Wēi Lóng Dòng Tea House], which translates into “lofty dragon cave” in Mandarin, emphasizes Chinese teas and tea ceremonies. Fan firmly believes that tea brings communities together, which is the goal of the cafe. On deck are over 130 teas all [...]

Tea Spot Rebrands as Wēi Lóng Dòng Tea House in Austin2018-05-15T08:40:33-05:00

High Mountain Tea Opens Brick & Mortar in Toronto

High Mountain Tea, a brand-new online tea company, opened their first physical retail location in Toronto yesterday. Specializing in what looks to be primarily Taiwanese oolong and black teas, with a few additional Chinese imports, they claim to travel to both countries to source. Additionally, they have a simple and elegant line of teaware for sale. These include clay gong fu sets, porcelain tasting cups, and ceramic kyusu pots.  Founder Conor Murphy grew a passion for tea after having a transformative Puer tasting with his cousin, who happens to run Living Tea, an online tea business specializing in Puer that does [...]

High Mountain Tea Opens Brick & Mortar in Toronto2018-05-15T08:40:33-05:00

The Capilano Tea House and Botanical Soda Company: Local Meets Global in a Tea Cup

On the exposed brick wall of The Capilano Tea House and Botanical Soda Company hangs a beautiful weaving. Woven by Squamish First Nations Chief Janice George and her husband Willard Joseph, the weaving blesses this new tea house located in Vancouver’s historic Gastown. Weaving by Chief Janice George The red in the weaving symbolizes owners Michelle and Paisley Nahanee’s connection to the Squamish First Nations. The pyramid pattern represents the mountains, not only of the North Shore but also the mountains around the world where tea is grown. The green represents the botanicals and teas used in their unique [...]

The Capilano Tea House and Botanical Soda Company: Local Meets Global in a Tea Cup2018-05-15T08:40:34-05:00