On the Tea Desk with Tami Kowal of Conscious Tea Queen


Tea is a day by day observe for Tami Kowal. In truth, her motto is “be current along with your tea and also you’ll be current along with your days.” As a Conscious Tea Queen, she encourages fellow tea drinkers to discover the world of free leaf tea in hopes that it could give them what it has given her over time, an opportunity to decelerate. I first linked with Tami by means of social media after she picked up a duplicate of my e book Tea-spiration. I discovered her to be a breath of contemporary air and she or he rapidly grew into an extremely supportive tea pal. On the tea desk Tami shared her first tea reminiscence together with her grandma Rose, her dreamy tea sanctuary with recommendations on create your individual at dwelling, really helpful tea retailers in Seattle, Washington and far more.

The kettle is on and I can hear it about to sing. What tea are you going to steep for us right now?

To start with, thanks a lot for inviting me to your tea desk! It is a actual deal with!

I’m CRAZY about Nepalese Himalayan Spring Inexperienced Tea from Uncommon Tea Firm. It’s harvested and hand rolled within the early spring from a selected tea area within the Jun Chiyabari Property excessive within the mountains of Nepal. 

It’s scrumptious and clean with notes of mango, stewed pineapple, and lychee. That is one which I believe will shock individuals who assume they don’t like inexperienced tea.

How did your relationship with tea start?

My first tea reminiscence is after I was about 5 years previous with my beloved Grandma Rose in her kitchen in Detroit, Michigan. She adopted a recipe for “Russian Tea” that used an ingredient that was all the craze within the 1970’s: Tang (orange flavored powder widespread with astronauts and due to this fact youngsters all over the place).

The ultimate beverage might be served sizzling or chilly, though we all the time sipped it sizzling. It was a barely spicy, candy orange black tea with a touch of cinnamon & cloves.

My grandma would combine prompt lemon-flavored black tea with tang, after which add cinnamon, clove, and sugar. I cherished it!

She would make massive batches of it in glass mason jars so we may simply scoop some out and add sizzling water every time we wished to have our particular tea time collectively. When she didn’t have all of the components wanted we made one other model by steeping Bigelow Fixed Remark with Tang. This was additionally excellent.

Though the flavour of this “Russian Tea” was positively child pleasant, the perfect half was sitting with my grandma at her small Formica dinette.

There was all the time one thing so cozy, sensory, and comforting about the entire tea time expertise.

In comparison with what I sip right now, I don’t know that I’d name what was inside my cup “true tea”, however the heat expertise of having fun with it with my grandma Rose was most positively having tea!

Later as an grownup I drank principally tea bag tea and infrequently free leaf tea.

Once I attended the primary Northwest Tea Pageant in 2008, I noticed simply how a lot there was to discover on the earth of free leaf  tea and I used to be hooked by all I tasted and discovered! I’ve attended each Northwest Tea Pageant ever since and have change into a bit obsessive about tea.

I’m in love with the tea house you made in your house! What are just a few suggestions or phrases of recommendation that you’d share with fellow tea drinkers seeking to create their very own tea sanctuary? 

Thanks, Lu Ann! I’ve a number of locations in my dwelling which can be devoted to tea.

In my kitchen, I’ve a tea station. I prefer to hold solely home equipment/objects on my counters that I take advantage of day by day and my electrical tea kettle is one in every of them. I made a decision so as to add different gadgets wanted to make tea subsequent to the tea kettle since I actually make tea each single day, typically a number of occasions a day.

Earlier than I knew it, I had a chosen tea making house or tea station as I prefer to name it. I added tea infuser baskets, a teaspoon, honey, tea pets, just a few small tea pots, and vessels to carry dripping infuser baskets.

All I must carry to my tea station is the tea I wish to steep and my mug or cup & saucer.

My teenagers know they’re welcome to make use of my tea station too – and it makes me smile to see them use it!

My tea station is positioned on the kitchen counter closest to our sink, which makes for simple filling of the tea kettle with filtered water and straightforward clear up of infuser baskets and tea pots. That is the place I make tea after I’m having fun with it with others, typically in additional of a celebratory mode.

I additionally created a particular tea sanctuary for when I’ve time to actually sit deliberately with my tea alone. There’s a tea desk throughout from the second story ground to ceiling window in our 1964 mid-century trendy dwelling.

I name our dwelling the “Wabi-Sabi Tree Home”  as a result of it has an earthy, Danish meets Japanese design, and it’s absolutely surrounded by mature evergreen bushes.

There was a low to the bottom desk on this spot. I’d sit on a meditation cushion to have tea. I like to look out and see the altering of the seasons and my tree mates as I sip my tea.

On this sanctuary, I hold an electrical kettle, a gaiwan, a equity pitcher, a easy tea cup, a candle, lighter, and journal. I additionally add one thing that I take pleasure in like a phenomenal crystal, {photograph}, or small vase with a contemporary flower.

When sadly, my father handed away in 2021, I inherited a small bamboo desk for 2 with an rectangular glass tabletop and matching chairs that matches completely on this house. I not sit on my meditation pillow and my knees are quite completely satisfied about that!

My father had inherited this particular desk from his mom, my grandmother when she handed away. This was not the identical grandmother I informed you about earlier. However, now I’ve a connection to each grandmothers by means of tea, which may be very good.

And naturally, I take into consideration my dad and I do know he would smile to know I take advantage of this desk day by day to decelerate and pause.

Talking of connection, I believe it’s crucial to carry significant objects into your individual tea sanctuary house. They don’t have to be fancy or costly. They might be issues like a cool rock you discovered on a hike or a pine cone, a quote written on a post-it notice, a plant, or a trinket that makes you smile.

I believe it’s necessary to vary what you retain or use in your tea sanctuary with a purpose to hold issues related and contemporary in your tea observe.

For those who don’t have the room to have a chosen tea house, creating a transportable tea tray works nice too. Discover a tray which you could simply carry. Add your teapot, teacup, candle, a e book or journal, and the rest you want for a sacred tea time observe.

One of many issues we’ve linked over is tea meditation. You share nice content material about this! You’re about to take a seat down for a private tea session/meditation. Describe how that might search for you.

Sure! You’re a kindred spirit, Lu Ann, on the subject of tea meditation. I keep in mind considering that after I learn your great e book, Tea-spiration!

If I’m going to take a seat for a tea session, the very first thing I do is look by means of my free leaf tea assortment and see which tea calls to me. I would open the tea tin lid and scent the aroma, to substantiate it’s the tea I need for that sitting.

Then relying on the tea I’ve chosen, I’ll choose a tea cup that fits the tea or one which speaks to me.

Subsequent, I head over to my tea desk that I discussed earlier, and fill my electrical tea kettle.

As soon as on the tea desk, ready for the water to warmth, I spend time utilizing my sense of sight, contact, and scent to expertise the dry tea leaf.

I mild a candle, hearken to sound of the kettle heating and the formation of effervescent water.

Then I start to organize my tea mindfully and slowly, being attentive to all the course of utilizing my 5 senses.

I hearken to the sound the tea makes as I add it to my gaiwan.

See and really feel the steam as I pour the new water over the tea leaves. Take heed to sound of the pouring water. Watch the tea leaves dance!

After the tea has steeped I raise the gaiwan lid to absorb the heat and aroma. That’s one in every of my most favourite elements!

I have a look at the moist tea leaves. I pour the tea from the gaiwan into the equity pitcher and observe the colour of the liqueur.

Then I pour from the equity pitcher into my tea cup. Slowly raise it to my lips, taking the tiniest of sips to check the temperature, but additionally to decelerate.

I maintain the tea in my mouth and style. I sip as Thich Nhat Hanh says, “…slowly and reverently, as if it’s the axis on which the world earth evolves – slowly, evenly, with out dashing towards the longer term.”

When I’m conscious and actually take note of my tea with my 5 senses, my tea observe is most positively my meditation.

Take us on a tour of your metropolis’s tea retailers and cafes. What are your favourites and go-to orders?

I’d like to! Seattle, WA is usually regarded as the espresso capital since that is the house of the unique Starbucks. However, we’re stuffed with true tea lovers too. I believe it has to do with our climate. Plus, our love of studying, books, outside adventures whatever the rain, and all issues cozy.

While you go to Seattle you should definitely try Miro Tea within the historic neighborhood of Ballard. Not solely have they got an impressive number of free leaf teas and tea ware, it’s a terrific place to take a seat and luxuriate in a pot of tea and pastries made by native bakers.

The aesthetic is trendy & heat and the proprietor, Jeannie Liu, and her employees are tremendous welcoming & form. You can too order on-line & create a Miro tea expertise at dwelling. I truly stay about 45 minutes away (longer with visitors) so I typically do Miro at dwelling. I all the time love my expertise.

East of Seattle is a small city referred to as Issaquah. There you will discover my OG of tea mates: Roberta at Expertise Tea Studio.

Roberta’s space of experience is choosing actually implausible teas for buy and providing a wide range of tremendous fascinating tea lessons.

When my youngsters have been youthful they took some enjoyable tea lessons at her studio and I’ve loved lessons too. Though her place shouldn’t be a café like Miro, she will be able to make you a cup on tea to go – and I do know you’ll like it!

Additionally east of Seattle is Lizzy Kate Tea in downtown Kirkland, WA owned by the beautiful couple, Amy & Will Riffle. It is a shiny and lightweight crammed, trendy tea store, tea bar, and cafe with loads of tables inside and outdoors to take pleasure in your tea.

While you first stroll in you see a wall stuffed with labeled tea canisters. There may be actually one thing for everybody! The service is pleasant and they’re all the time creating enjoyable new tea based mostly drinks. They even provide Japanese wagashi from a neighborhood maker together with tea flights. 

Pace Spherical:

Black, Inexperienced, Yellow, White, Oolong or Puerh?
My newest obsession is GREEN!

Scorching, Iced or Chilly?

Teapot, Infuser or Gaiwan?
Gaiwan tied with my tiny 150 ml teapots from Miro tea and Uncommon Tea Firm.

Straight, Sweetened or Latte?

Cheese or Chocolate pairing? 

You’re stranded on a desert island and you could possibly solely carry 3 tea associated gadgets. What are they?

  1. A self-replenishing tin of White Peony Tea. It was my first true tea love and I don’t assume I may ever tire of it.  It’s tremendous calming.
  2. My gaiwan journey tea set from Uncommon Tea Firm.
  3. A tea kettle to make use of over an open flame.

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ABOUT THIS SERIES: Tea tells tales and when linked with people, extra are created. That’s the place the concept for this weblog sequence, On the Tea Desk, originated. With this sequence, The Cup of Life asks tea lovers around the globe to take us inside their tea lives to share their favorite steeps, areas, routines and extra. Meet a few of your fellow tea drinkers right here.


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