January has just drawn to a close. Our winter seasonal teas brought much warmth to our customers this season. Though we had more than ever, we still found ourselves scrambling to keep everone stocked up.
Thanks to all of you that kept us going with your warm words of encouragement, enthusiasm and ongoing support of our efforts.
In January we hosted two sessions of our Tea 101, and one Oolong tastings. Due to weather, we had to reschedule the 2nd Oolong tasting for February 6th. (There are still a few spaces available if you want to call in and register.)
February brings us Valentine's Day, so we have put together a few Special Gifts for your special someone(s).
By way of a Valentine's present to you, we have included a Coupon for your Gift Basket purchase.
As always, if you have an idea for a topic or a question, we would love to hear from you.
Tea AND Chocolates make great Valentines Gifts
We just made shopping for the PERFECT GIFT for Valentine's Day a bit easier. Now you can give your special person tea AND Chocolate with a gift from The Tea Smith, Our Valentines Quick Kiss, Sweet Embrace and Big Hug Gift Baskets all include a bit of chocolate to accompany some special teas.
Order your baskets early to ship or pick up in the store, then enjoy well earned gratitude for your thoughtfulness.
|Featured Tea News|
| Climate Changes Impact Assam Tea Crops
Drinkers of fine Assam teas, such as our Khongea Golden Buds
, or even Irish Breakfast
Blend may experience some changes in one of their favorite teas.
Article in The Guardian
What does this mean for tea drinkers in the U.S.A.? Well to be sure, this is not the first time we have faced this. As with all agricultural crops, there are variations in quantity and quality every year. This is why we sample EVERY tea before we put it on our Tea Wall for you. It does mean that we will have to be diligent so we can maintain the supply of the teas that meet our quality expectations. Hopefully we can keep out of stock situations to a minimum to avoid any 'tea emergencies' for you!
In spite of the fact that we are already seeing price increases from our producers, I am sure that tea will continue to be a great value. The increases to date have not been extraordinary.
On the bright side, this means that more people are enjoying tea, so we are in good company. Also as prices increase, some of this flows back to the farmers and workers which hopefully improves their standard of living.