Chado, “the Way of Tea,” is a traditional, formal Japanese Tea Ceremony. The ceremony was perfected in the 16th century by Japanese philosopher Sen no Rikyu. Rikyu designed Chado as a spiritual practice of Wu (harmony), Kei (respect), Sei (purity) and Jaku (tranquility). Chado is a practice in mindfulness, encouraging the participants to focus on the goodness around them and to be present in the moment.
Traditionally, guests walk through a landscaped garden before entering the tea house. Upon arrival, they are greeted by the host in a simple room decorated with either a hanging scroll or a vase of flowers and a floor laid with mats made from woven reeds. As guests kneel on the mats, the host serves sweets and matcha, a type of green tea, using elegant, choreographed movements. The tea is served in ceramic bowls, using a hot iron kettle and stirred with a bamboo whisk. This practice represents the five elements of Taoism: water, earth, wood, fire and metal.
Join tea practitioner Bob Bernhards for a traditional Japan Tea Ceremony at the Elden Street Tea Shop on Nov. 10 from noon to 4pm. Limited seating in each session; four guests max per session. We sincerely hope that this experience will broaden your appreciation of this art form and that you will, of course, enjoy a good bowl of tea. Click here to buy your ticket!
Join Elden Street Tea Shop owner, Rachel, in the video below as she describes our BYOC (bring your own cup/canister) program!
Options available for purchase in the shop:
Travel Thermos $29.95
2oz Container $6.95
8oz Container $29.95
16oz Container $36.95
Although in the U.S. chai is thought of as a tea flavor; in India, chai is not a flavor of tea, it is the Hindi word for "tea." So when someone says "chai tea," they are literally saying "tea tea."
Originating over 5,000 years ago, legend holds that chai was invented for an Indian king who requested that a healing, spiced beverage be created to use in the traditional healing practice, Ayurveda. When first created, chai was made up of ginger and black pepper to stimulate digestion; cloves to relieve pain; cardamom as a mood lifter; cinnamon to support circulation and respiratory function; and star anise as a breath freshener.
When the British-owned Indian Tea Association was established in Indian during the early 20th century, black tea began to be blended into the traditional Indian chai, becoming the chai we know today. In America, chai's base is black tea and can consist of various spices including cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and many others. This combination makes chai a perfect tea for fall!
At Elden Street Tea Shop you can find two types of chai: Monk's Honey Chai and Masala Chai Organic.
The Monk's Honey Chai is a soothing tea with notes of chrysanthemums, honey, turmeric, and cardamom. Perfect for a sore throat!
Masala Chai Organic has a fuller flavor and is a historic favorite in India. Featuring a blend of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, and peppercorns this tea preserves each of these unique flavors when adding milk and honey and maintains its strength when served as an iced tea.
Take some home with you the next time you come visit the tea shop!
Did you know that a single nylon tea bag releases 11.6 billion microplastics into a cup of tea? Researchers in Canada recently conducted a study sampling tea bags from four tea shops and cafes across Montreal and found each bag contained a thousand times more plastic than contained in table salt. Some of these microplastics are even small enough to penetrate human cells! To learn more information about this study, click here.
Want to enjoy your tea and avoid ingesting plastic? Watch the video below to learn about healthy, sustainable alternatives!
Interested in products featured in the video? Stop by Elden Street Tea Shop anytime to purchase your own sustainable tea filters, prices listed below!
Silicone Tea Bag (BPA Free): $5.50
Tea Filters (100ct): $5.00
Tea Ball Infuser: $4.25
Tea Witch: $5.50
King Kong Tea Ball: $5.50
Travel French Press Travel Mug: $34.95
We also have a B.Y.O.C (Bring Your Own Cup/ Canister) Program:
Bring your own cup: Bring your own cup and save! Save the planet, save some money!
Your own canister: Get .50 off your purchase
Purchase an ESTS canister to get further discounts:
8 oz ESTS canister: Get 15% OFF Every time you bring the canister back and fill up!
16 oz ESTS canister: Get 15% OFF Every time you bring the canister back and fill up 8oz.
Rachel Eisenfeld is the owner of Elden Street Tea Shop. She is a fan of Pu'er (poo-air) teas, refreshing and subtle white teas, and any tea mixed with bourbon. Rachel has been to many tea houses on the East Coast, Ireland, and San Franscico. She enjoys learning about the chemical process of making tea and international tea culture. During good times and bad, tea warms the soul.