We're so excited to announce our #community partnership with Art Produce! Art produce is a non-profit community cultural center that connects artists, cultural organizations, schools, urban farmers and businesses. The Art Produce Garden has a sustainable rainwater catchment and PV solar energy system that won the 2011 Orchid Award. We're teamed up with them to raise awareness and encourage sustainable practices for San Diego's community environment. We've planted and excited to grow a seasonal herb selection for our special herbal teas available here.
More great news to announce this holiday season - after 6 months of operating as a pop-up we've opened up our organic hand blended teas to your home! Our blends are finally available online (www.paruteabar.com/shop) and we will be continually adding to our line as we create them.
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Available in both loose leaf and tea sachets. Shop now here.
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.
We're excited to share a news segment we were featured on for the San Diego Made Holiday Market at Liberty Station, this Saturday 11/18 from 11-4pm! News anchor Heather Myers tasted our teas and approved.
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:
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:
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.
Kyusu teapot, used for brewing green tea
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.
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.
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!
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. :)
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!
We always have a blast doing company events and providing tea happy hour. We were just at one of the hottest companies, Underground Elephant in East Village! Paru had the pleasure of using their Finer Things Club event space, that included their beautiful in-house bar. Cheers to everyone with the tea mocktails!
We were honored invited for one of final events hosted at the Quartyard! Thank you to all that came - friends, family, passers-by, and those that just heard about us through social media. :) Definitely grateful for such a positive start in launching Paru!
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!