Tea Diaries

  • Introduction to Rituals: Demystifying the Gaiwan

    Tea enthusiast and PARU tea-m member Rem Talde shares his perspective on ritual—how it differs from person to person and what it means to him—and his journey using a gaiwan, or traditional three-piece vessel used in gong fu cha, the practice of making tea with skill.

  • 5 Ways the World Tea Conference & Expo Filled Our Creative Wells

    PARU founders/owner Lani Gobaleza and Amy Truong share about their first time attending the World Tea Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, NV, and how the experience filled their creative well as entrepreneurs.
  • Featured Artist: Ceramicist Mellisa Essenburg on Throwing as Stress Relief & The Importance of Pottery Safety

    Last week, we had the opportunity to partner with small-batch artist Mellisa Essenburg of Chinook Ceramics for a giveaway on Instagram, which featured our Sakura Tea Bundle and a custom set from the artist.

    We also had a chance to hear more about Mellisa's journey in ceramics, including how it has helped her avoid burnout as a speech pathologist and some advice she'd like to offer to beginning ceramicists. Read our interview below.

  • Four Perspectives: PARU Staff Holiday Picks Under $50

    We asked our team what they plan on gifting this season. Here's what they said. Amy, Founder "I would gift a classic combination, like our MAEK t...
  • Photo Tour of PARU Tea Bar + Early Access to Black Friday Weekend Promotions

    Browse our Black Friday Weekend Promotions and stay for a brief photo tour of our tea shop in San Diego, CA.
  • A Practical Holiday Gift Guide for Tea Lovers

    Gift recommendations from the team at PARU Tea Bar.
  • Black Lives Matter: Our Commitment to Change

    We stand with our black community. ✊🏿

    At the heart of PARU's mission as a company has always been to celebrated diversity among our team members and customers.

    Our hearts have been heavy but more than that motivated to unite in this important fight for justice. We fight the long-term fight against systematic racism and police brutality. We fight because Black Lives Matter 
  • Mother's Day PARU Tea Gift Guide

    Send your love mom this Mother's Day by picking our special PARU gifts. When putting together this list, I had my mom in mind. She's one of my biggest inspirations behind PARU and a huge tea lover. I'm sharing some of her top tea picks below!

    Enjoy making a tea cocktail at home! Tea is often used in cocktails to give a boost in flavoring without overpowering your drink. Today, we’re maki...
  • Founder's Note: Life as a Small Business Through the Corona Virus Pandemic

    Note: Originally I wrote this as an Instagram post but found it hard not to condense, so I'll continue on as a blog. The last blog I wrote was when we just opened PARU a year ago, so this was actually kind of fitting. :) 


    Firstly, when you support us you also support all the small family owned tea farms we work with around the world - so THANK YOU  :) This is what we have set out on doing, to able to support small local businesses like you have supported us. 

  • Green Teas To Fortify Your Immune System

    Green teas are rich in antioxidants called Polyphenols. Polyphenols are efficient infection fighters. They are known to protect the body against potential viruses, infections and sickness.
  • Founder's Note: Happy One Month to Our New Shop!

    Dear Friends, I wanted to write a quick note to celebrate our first month as a shop! Paru just turned 2 years now and this has been one of the mos...