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NOVA Tea Festival in Reston VA was a blast! If you missed this year, put it on your calendar for May 2025!
05/28/2024

NOVA Tea Festival in Reston VA was a blast! If you missed this year, put it on your calendar for May 2025!

Yesterday was International Tea Day! For our tea lovers, every day is a tea day, but it’s still great to have a special ...
05/22/2024

Yesterday was International Tea Day! For our tea lovers, every day is a tea day, but it’s still great to have a special occasion to celebrate and learn more about the incredible benefits of tea! Do you have a special way to celebrate the Word Tea Day?

Don’t forget to tune in for   on May 21 and learn from these inspiring women in the tea industry
05/17/2024

Don’t forget to tune in for on May 21 and learn from these inspiring women in the tea industry

Nilgiris tea is not as well known as Assam or Darjeeling but Nilgiris actually produces a large quantity of tea every ye...
05/02/2024

Nilgiris tea is not as well known as Assam or Darjeeling but Nilgiris actually produces a large quantity of tea every year. Here are some things that makes the Nilgiris tea so special

See us at Northern Virginia tea festival this Saturday May 4!
04/29/2024

See us at Northern Virginia tea festival this Saturday May 4!

04/14/2024
Few things can be as exciting to a tea lover than unboxing freshly tea from the Nilgiris! Handpicked, hand rolled and de...
03/14/2024

Few things can be as exciting to a tea lover than unboxing freshly tea from the Nilgiris! Handpicked, hand rolled and delivered in less than 3 days from the farm to our door! Can’t wait to start brewing! Hint: this is what’s on the menu for the World Tea expo next week! , ,

Happy International Women’s Day! We’d like to honor all the hardworking women in the tea industry. Did you know that mos...
03/08/2024

Happy International Women’s Day! We’d like to honor all the hardworking women in the tea industry. Did you know that most tea pluckers are women? Thanks to their small bodies and delicate hands they are able to get through the dense tea bushes and pluck the precise quality of leaves needed to make the best specialty teas. And they do it all with utmost joy! , ,

Exciting news! Join us at the World Tea Expo March 19-20! We’ll be at booth  #2029 and will be sampling some of our best...
02/27/2024

Exciting news! Join us at the World Tea Expo March 19-20! We’ll be at booth #2029 and will be sampling some of our best and latest teas!

Tea offering is the first ritual on the first day of Lunar New Year.The offerer always face the receiver when giving the...
02/11/2024

Tea offering is the first ritual on the first day of Lunar New Year.

The offerer always face the receiver when giving the tea. Standing and slightly bowing, he ( or she ) addresses properly the receiver when handing over the cup. He folds the hands in front lightly while reciting the proper traditional auspicious phrases for New Year wishes. When the tea is sipped and the well-wishing said, the receiver returns with a red packet and auspicious wishes to the offerer.

Originally when the tradition began, well-wishes were written on red paper inside the packets, but somehow the content has become money. Some nice thing has to be inside; it is very nasty to give out empty packets — some would see it as a curse.

Candied carrot, dried long-an, candied lotus seeds, candied fruit tea can be served in the gaiwan. Candied or dried fruits and veggies of auspicious symbolic meanings used for making Lunar New Year sweet tea.

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After a very cold and windy Sunday we were rewarded with this beautiful snow! Our pet tea plant is loving it! Did you kn...
01/15/2024

After a very cold and windy Sunday we were rewarded with this beautiful snow! Our pet tea plant is loving it! Did you know that tea can withstand quite cold temperatures? Extreme conditions actually help tea plants develop resilience and boost its health benefits. You are what you eat (or drink) after all!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!Christmas time is beautiful, magical and undoubtedly something children and adu...
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Christmas time is beautiful, magical and undoubtedly something children and adults alike long for all year. Light adorned streets, festivities, sleigh rides, spending more time with family, cozying up by the fireplace with a cup of tea or hot chocolate, catching up on a good book, playing board games or watching a Christmas movie - whatever your traditions are - they bring that special magic to the season. We wish Christmas never ended!

Yet, sometimes, holidays can feel stressful and sad too. Trying to wrap up the year, too much to do, saving up to buy presents, an unexpected illness or missing a loved one - can make us want to wish the season away. Have you heard the expression “surviving the holidays”? What is instead of surviving, try to embrace it? Let go of the to-dos, cancel some obligations, bring store bought cookie to a cookie exchange, escape to the outdoors and most importantly, remember that life is made from a concoction of all things: joy and sadness, gains and losses, births and deaths, weddings and divorces, peaks and valleys, and new peaks. There can’t be one without the other. Even Jesus was first born to this world, in order to die for us. Yet, we equally rejoice about both his birth and death.

During this season of giving, let us take time to slow down and enjoy the simple things. May this wonderful time of the year touch your heart in a special way.

From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me — holy is his name. (Luke 1:49)

Have you found yourself struggling with Christmas gift ideas? You want to give something that is pleasant to receive, pe...
12/15/2023

Have you found yourself struggling with Christmas gift ideas? You want to give something that is pleasant to receive, personal, but also useful without adding clutter to a house. This list is obviously missing tea! Did you know that tea is #2 most consumed beverage in the world after water?! So, chances are there is a tea out there for everyone on your list! Loose tea? Teabags? Black tea? Chai? Herbals? Ice tea? The options are truly unlimited! What a perfect gift to brighten the winter season with! , , , , ,

Holiday gift trends 2023: local, sustainable, healthy and consumable. What ticks all these boxes better than some great ...
12/14/2023

Holiday gift trends 2023: local, sustainable, healthy and consumable. What ticks all these boxes better than some great tea?! GavaTea is organic, rainforest alliance certified, pure specialty tea sourced from local farms in the Nilgiris region of southern India. It’s packed using recyclable cardboard materials, reinforced with foil to keep the freshness and freshness in. It’s the gift you can keep on giving to your loved one (and yourself) , , , , , ,

GavaTea under Virginia sun! The first samples have arrived! Organic black, oolong, green, white and chai! Now onto some ...
10/14/2023

GavaTea under Virginia sun! The first samples have arrived! Organic black, oolong, green, white and chai! Now onto some taste testing and waiting for the big haul!

08/24/2023

At Heron’s Meadow Farm, its owners are elated that this season will mark their third harvest.

RESOLVE TO LIVE MORE SUSTAINABLY in 2023Drinking loose-leaf tea is significantly better for the environment than a store...
12/31/2022

RESOLVE TO LIVE MORE SUSTAINABLY in 2023

Drinking loose-leaf tea is significantly better for the environment than a store-bought soft drink, or Starbucks coffee.

Loose leaf teas don’t come prepackaged, unlike bagged teas. Loose-leaf tea is brewed by placing the tea leaves in hot water using a tea ball or strainer. This type of tea is generally packaged in tins, tea chests, paper bags, and glass jars - think sustainability.

Opting to drink loose leave tea decreases your carbon footprint considerably, as it cuts out the production of individual product packaging. Loose leaf tea also eliminates the need for string, staples, inks, and adhesives. As an extra perk, a loose leaf tea is fresher and more flavorful.

Another great sustainable option that tea can offer is tea herbs and blends in biodegradable tea bags. On average, biodegradable plastics take 3-6 months to decompose. That is much faster than their regular synthetic counterparts that use plastics like polypropylene that can take over several hundred years to fully degrade.
This means if you’re currently buying a soda or cup of Starbucks coffee daily, and instead start drinking tea as your go-to beverage, you’ll be reducing aluminum, paper, glass, and even better, plastic waste. And you’ll be doing your body a favor too.

What seems like an innocent everyday beverage really starts adding up to a lot of waste. If you drink one bottle of soda a day, that’s already 365 plastic bottles in one year. By swapping to loose-leaf tea or biodegradable tea brands, you’ll be preventing a lot of trash and helping yourself take a more achievable step toward your goal to live more sustainably.

A little insider tip: loose tea is a lot cheaper per cut compared to tea bags and you can rested it multiple times.

Just like any habit change, this one takes a little effort and planning to get used to, but you’ll be glad you did! Want a step further? Compost your tea!

Happy  104th Birthday, Estonia!As a small nation, Estonia has been fighting for independence throughout its history. It ...
02/24/2022

Happy 104th Birthday, Estonia!

As a small nation, Estonia has been fighting for independence throughout its history. It gained independence from Russia in 1918 and then again from the USSR in 1991. This little country has come a long way to become one of the leading digital nations in the world.

Tech aside, did you know that Estonia has brought home a remarkable number of Olympic medal per capita and it's also home to some of the world's most renowned chefs?

What about tea culture you'd ask?

While many cultures will offer guests tea (or coffee) repeatedly until they accept or insist on serving tea regardless of the guests preference, Estonian hosts will assume that no really means no.

So, grab the opportunity when it comes along!

Here is sweet and simple way to add a warm tea party break into a family walk or hike (and not only for Valentine’s Day ...
02/12/2022

Here is sweet and simple way to add a warm tea party break into a family walk or hike (and not only for Valentine’s Day of cause). Making tea together is a wonderful way to help kids learn about the health and wellness benefits of herbs and plants. The ritual of drinking tea together helps to create a moment of quiet and warmth to overcome the chill and heighten your enjoyment of time outside together. Here’s how:

* Plan a walk: Plan an outdoor adventure that makes sense for your group, given weather, distance and the ages of kids
* Brew some tea: Brew a thermos full of decaffeinated herbal tea or a warm beverage of your choice. Some of the ingredients for making tea include:
* Lavender
* Lemon verbena
* Mint
* Thyme
* Chamomile
* Jasmine
* Rosemary
* White pine

* Pack a bag: Grab your thermos, some cups, snacks and even a blanket or two.
* Head outside: Head out on your walk and activate different senses along the way. Take deep sniffs to smell the cool air. Feel the air on your cheeks. Look with your eyes and notice how your outdoor space has changed with the changing season. Stop and listen to what movement (and stillness!) you can hear.
* Have a tea party! When your hike is almost done, stop to enjoy a special treat—an outdoor tea break! To get extra cozy, wrap a blanket around each person—or snuggle up and wrap one blanket around all of you. Pour tea and nibble treats. Notice how the warm cup feels against your hands. If it is cold outside, notice the steam that rises from your cup. Take a moment to appreciate how the tea warms the body from the inside out and how good it tastes after a good outdoor walk.

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Happy Lunar New Year!Based off the lunisolar calendar, the lunar new year is the first day of the first lunar month – th...
02/01/2022

Happy Lunar New Year!

Based off the lunisolar calendar, the lunar new year is the first day of the first lunar month – the second new moon after the winter solstice.

Celebrating the beginning of spring, honoring deities and ancestors with an exhuberant blend of vivid colors, festivities and age-old traditions.

Celebrating with Chinese green tea and Puerh o:)

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I was never a fan of blends of flavored teas until I tried the creations of our amazingly talented blenders from the Nil...
01/23/2022

I was never a fan of blends of flavored teas until I tried the creations of our amazingly talented blenders from the Nilgiris!

Want to experiment with blending yourself? High quality tea and ingredients is key to a delicious and healthy blend.

A fun combination of Nilgiris green tea, pea flower, safflower, rose petals and a hint of orange (and a few secret ingredients swished in by the unicorn tail). Brew it to see the magic!

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Whether you a parent, a busy entrepreneur (or busy anything for that matter), we all can use some self care tips. And ev...
01/14/2022

Whether you a parent, a busy entrepreneur (or busy anything for that matter), we all can use some self care tips. And even better, if they are tea inspired.

1. Wake up early
Get some me time. Set intention for your day. Meditate. Drink a cup of tea in silence

2. Move your body
Walk the dog. Do yoga. Run. Do squats while your tea is steeping (a little goes a long way)

3. Set boundaries with work
Start early. Focus. Don’t overcommit. Take tea breaks

4. Social media
Follow the positive (like GavaTea maybe?). Set time limits. Don’t compare your life to others

5. Pick your friendships
Filled your life with people who truly love and support you, not those who bring you down. Preferably those who love tea o:)

6. Prioritize yourself
Do what you love. Be true to yourself. Rest when you need it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

7. Slow down
Life is busy, but rather than spinning the wheels all day, make it a habit to pause, take a few deep breaths, go for a walk and make yourself nice cup of tea.

8. Embrace the outdoors
There is nothing like spending time outside to help you release daily stress and clear your mind. Just a few minutes in a park, a trail, a lake or even walking on a road will make you feel rejuvenated. When you are there, pay attention to the birds chirping, running streams, wind blowing through the trees. Nature is truly magical

9. Have fun
I know, I know, we all have adult responsibilities, but it’s ok to be childish once in a while. Play dress up with your kids, jump on a trampoline, sled and tumble downhill, stomp the muddy puddles. Make a pretend tea party (or a real one)

10. Practice gratitude
Life sure has its hard moments but there is always something to be thankful for. Take a moment to find one thing every day

I have a confession to make: I’m obsessed with oolong tea!As a seasonal and mood based tea drinker, fall and winter is w...
01/05/2022

I have a confession to make: I’m obsessed with oolong tea!

As a seasonal and mood based tea drinker, fall and winter is when I gravitate towards earthier, bolder and darker teas. Fall is definitely a huge oolong season here, but when winter comes around, I start craving chai, black tea and even the strong red tea dust that I’d drink straight or blend with the spices I have on hand. The hearty coffee-like feel and the higher caffeine content in black teas help to keep my energy up during cold and dark winter days.

Yet, this winter I can’t get enough of oolong!

My tea chest is stocked with a variety of oolongs, from the light Taiwanese gaba (thanks Dominion tea for an opportunity to finally try it) to very intense Red Robe from China. Yet, what my heart desires right now is my long time favorite Nilgiris oolong.

Unlike a traditional Chinese variety, oolongs from the blue mountains of the Nilgiris are light and smooth, more similar to yellow teas. They are partially fermented, complex, aromatic, with floral or sometimes fruity undertones.

Today’s chilly morning’s pick is Nilgiris Wulong from .

My tea infuser refused to cooperates, so I brewed a small amount in an infuser mug from , carefully measuring the water/tea ratio, the temperature and the steeping time.

It’d been a while since I had this tea and it pleasantly surprised my with a rather well pronounced honey aroma. It was just what I needed! Smooth, warming, with zero earthiness and all sweetness and light malty undertones, this wulong is simply extraudinary! The long and soft finish with nicely balanced floral tannins made me pause and savor every sip. I could swear I hadn’t felt the honey before but what your soul desires, it will find.

This is the beauty of artisanal small batch teas - they surprise you every time!

Nilgiris in the Western Ghat forests - a natural wonderlandhttps://teajourney.pub/article/origin-india-tamil-nadu-and-ke...
01/04/2022

Nilgiris in the Western Ghat forests - a natural wonderland
https://teajourney.pub/article/origin-india-tamil-nadu-and-kerala/

The Ghats (Sanskrit, “steps”) are millions of years older than the Himalayas, and like the latter, play a pivotal role in the climate and weather of the Indian subcontinent. Thousands of centuries of monsoon rains have turned Western Ghat forests into a natural wonderland, one gigantic UNESCO Wo...

So, it’s January 3. But it’s Monday and it’s a snowstorm outside. This calls for another lazy day. There is always tomor...
01/03/2022

So, it’s January 3. But it’s Monday and it’s a snowstorm outside. This calls for another lazy day. There is always tomorrow to start on your New Year’s goals, right? o:)

Personally, I’m not one of these people who just jumps into the new year or the new week with tons of enthusiasm. I first need to tie the loose ends from last year and set the base for the new start. This year, this base is organizing and decluttering.

There are a few major issues I have with clutter:

1. Constantly organizing and cleaning is time consuming and takes away from the time I could spend playing with my daughter, working on my business and doing things I love
2. It makes me feel overwhelmed and not in control of my life in general
3. It’s harder to keep inventory and find things, so that sometimes I end up buying more of I already have
4. It takes forever to pack for a simple picnic or a day trip because I need to find things in all the different places, pack them in small containers and undo it all after we came back.
5. All the stuff we accumulate reminds me about the effort, time and money we spent acquiring it and makes me feel wasteful
6. It makes it more challenging to teach our daughter to put her toys back because there is no visually appealing place to store them.
7. I’m pretty good having a system around organizing small things, but the issue comes when someone else need to find something. It is i-m-p-o-s-s-i-b-l-e!
8. I can’t ask anyone to help clean or organize it all because I’m the only one who has the ‘system’ in my head.
9. It prevents us from having guests over more often because the house is never guest ready
10. It keeps us from enjoying our own house the way we envision it

In 2022 I see more creativity, play, reading, time outdoors, blending tea, growing plants, playing board games and enjoying tea time with family and friends. Experiences and relationships over things, reusing, donating and using super glue if needs be!

To a simply happy 2022!

Happy New Year 2022 friends!May this year bring health, joy, love, blessings, ease and many cups of tea with special peo...
01/01/2022

Happy New Year 2022 friends!

May this year bring health, joy, love, blessings, ease and many cups of tea with special people in your life!

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How do you feel about New Year's resolutions? Personally, I've never set them because 1) I could never stick to those ov...
12/30/2021

How do you feel about New Year's resolutions? Personally, I've never set them because 1) I could never stick to those overly ambitions arbitrary promises; 2) I don't believe you need to wait for January 1 to start something new. However, the end of the year is a perfect time to reflect and re-evaluate your priorities, strengths, weaknesses, goals and desires. In lieu of resolutions I prefer to set small manageable goals and even just a list of guidelines, something to keep on the night stand and look at from time to time to remind myself. Here is a fun list of what I'd call guidelines when it comes to deepening your relationship with tea. I'd add a few more:

1) Read more books on tea
2) Visit a new tea region
3) Get tea tasting cups
4) Take a tea course
5) Grow my own tea plant
6) Do more writing and speaking on tea
7) More tea times with my daughter
8) Visit a tearoom
9) Explore some adventurous teas like turmeric blends, pu-erh and macha
10) Create more blends

What are your tea goals foe 2022?

https://kitchenkite.com/blogs/kitchenkite-brew/12-new-years-tea-resolutions

Merry Christmas! Imagine on a night like this, as everyone was about their business, Jesus was born and the world was ne...
12/24/2021

Merry Christmas! Imagine on a night like this, as everyone was about their business, Jesus was born and the world was never the same. Let’s remember, worship and celebrate the reason for the season. Let your hearts (and your tea) be warm and let joy and peace dwell in your homes during the holiday time and always

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GavaTea strives to be an ambassador of the premium single estate teas from the Nilgiri mountains of Southern India. We work with the local small farmers to source the best quality tea and ingredients the Nilgiris can can offer. Our teas are grown at the altitude of over 6,000ft with no use of fertilizers or pesticides, only plenty of sun and clean rain water. We pride to deliver a variety of fresh high quality tea straight from the factories.

At GavaTea we believe in giving back and support the local communities by paying fair price for the leaves, educating farmers on the quality standards and supporting local communities.


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