paru tea bar

we're tea mixologists. home of hand blended organic loose leaf and cold brew teas.

Paru Tea Bar offers a selection of hand blended loose leaf teas and original handcrafted cold brew teas drinks. Based in San Diego, California. 

Newest tea mocktail! Mango Green Tea

We're excited to announce our newest drink available at our next few pop ups! Our version of a mango green tea. It's simple, fresh and crisp. Even though it's the holiday season, it's perfect for San Diego weather. This is a limited release - so catch us at our next few pop ups to get your hands on this drink! :) 

Made with our in house cold brew green iced tea with rose, a dash of lime, mango puree and pear juice. 

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Paru x Apothebeauty: Flower Revolution Tea Blending + Essential Oil Workshop

Last Saturday, we co-hosted our very first tea-blending workshop with Apothebeauty and had an amazing time. We started with a tasting, in which we explained the basics of black, green, and herbal tea. From there, our guests selected a base and Lotus Wei flower elixir to use for their custom blend. Check out the video below: 

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Tea Tasting in Tokyo

Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to take a brief trip to Japan, where I was able to visit a a few teahouses. I even paid a visit to a tea farm in Shizuoka, which I'll detail in a separate post!

Each tea house I visited had its own style and methods of preparation. I loved getting a little bit of inspiration from each place.

Here's a quick roundup:

1. Cha Cha no Ma

Cha Cha no Ma is tucked away on a small street in Omotesando, away from the busier parts of Harajuku. The staff spoke limited English, but they did have an English menu available. Tea tastings are by request.

For my tea-tasting experience, I chose sencha, a type of green tea made with whole tea leaves. I enjoyed five different preparations, but before that, I got to nibble on some raw tea leaves.

Highlight: Sipping on sakuya sencha cold brew from a wine glass. 

Raw green tea leaves at Cha Cha no Ma

Raw green tea leaves at Cha Cha no Ma

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Kyusu teapot, used for brewing green tea

Sakuya sencha cold brew

Sakuya sencha cold brew

2. Aoyama Flower Market Tea House

Located in the fashionable Aoyama district, this greenhouse-like tea house boasts femininity and elegance, which isn't very hard with florals and tea!

They specialize in herbal flower teas. To give you a taste, one of their signature teas is Ispahan, a green and black tea blend mixed with violet and rose.

I ordered a fresh herbal tea made with rosemary, lemongrass and mint. It was light, delicate and bursting with fresh flavors.

I also tried their rose granola parfait, which featured a lovely serving of rose jelly. For you rose lovers, this is definitely the dessert for you!

Highlight: The pink Dahlia flowers in the windowsill helped create the perfect tea-tasting atmosphere.

Aoyama Flower Market Tea House in Tokyo

Aoyama Flower Market Tea House in Tokyo

"Refreshing blend" with fresh rosemary, lemongrass and mint

"Refreshing blend" with fresh rosemary, lemongrass and mint

Rose granola parfait from Aoyama Flower Market Tea House

Rose granola parfait from Aoyama Flower Market Tea House

3. Tokyo Saryo

Ever try drip sencha? If not, head to Tokyo Saryo, located in Sendagaya, Shibuya. This green tea shop is fairly new to the neighborhood, but it seems to be doing quite well. The owner expressed an interest in expanding to the U.S., starting with the East Coast.

Minimalists will appreciate the simple, white decor, which adds to the sweet and simple experience. After I was seated, I was given a map, which details each tea's level of bitterness, umami and sweetness. The teas are presented side-by-side so that you can easily compare them.

Reservations recommended.

Highlight: After the tea tasting, the host asked me to choose which tea I preferred and sprinkled a special batch of genmai (roasted brown rice) over it, creating a fresh genmaicha. The presentation was absolutely stunning!

Tokyo Saryo tea map

Tokyo Saryo tea map

Personalized tea tasting in progress

Personalized tea tasting in progress

Side-by-side sencha presentation. L: Z1 with genmai, R: Yamanami

Side-by-side sencha presentation. L: Z1 with genmai, R: Yamanami

Paru x You & Yours Distilling Collaboration!

We had the best time with our friends at You & Yours Distilling. A night filled with great ambiance, lively company, and tea infused drinks. It was a perfect pop-up collaboration together, as we both love using fresh, simple, and thoughtful ingredients in our handcrafted drinks. We created 3 drinks together inspired by our Blue Tea, Ginger Spiced Chai and Jasmine (pictured below from left to right). 

Thanks for having us You & Yours - we'd love to be back again. :)

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Start Up Talks In the Park

One of the reasons why we love tea because it builds such a great #community and sparks insightful conversation. Check out our #StartUpTalksinthePark interview at Underground Elephant last week with our founder Amy Truong. She spoke with the EVP of Marketing, Lauren Alexander and they discussed topics like why she decided to start a humble tea pop-up in San Diego and how much she saved before doing it.

Thank you guys for having us on!

Another incredible San Diego Startup founder shares her story at Underground Elephant's Startup Talks in the Park. Amy Truong opened Paru Tea Bar as a pop-up style tea bar with the goal of providing organic, specialty teas across San Diego.

Celebrating Christie's Bridal Shower!

We had the pleasure of doing a fun boba bar for Christie's bridal shower at the beautiful Savoie restaurant in Otay Ranch. We love how tea and boba can be a great bonding element among friends and family. It was great adding a special touch to the event. Thank you so much for having us on your special day!