Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shop the Season: Miss Tea

Guest Blogger Jacob finds comfort in the wide selection of tea at Miss Tea in The Holiday Shops, and explains why organic fair trade tea is not only better tasting, but better for the world as well. 

“If you are cold, tea will warm you.  If you are too heated, it will cool you.  If you are depressed, it will cheer you.  If you are excited, it will calm you.”
- William Ewart Gladstone, 1865

Taking advantage of a beautiful late November day here in midtown, I strolled through the park and came upon the Miss Tea kiosk in front of the Bryant monument.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a rich selection of organic, fair trade, loose leaf teas.  Loose leaf tea is not easy to find in this city; it usually demands a trip to a boutique coffee shop, tea house, or specialty grocer.  As I perused the shelves of the shop, I found a rare favorite: lapsang souchong, a tea that is smoke-dried over pinewood fires, giving it a very deep smoky taste.  One sip of this tea brings you to a warm and secure place (think secluded winter campfire on a dark mountain side).

Most tea is grown and harvested using pesticides and herbicides, which jeopardize the quality of the tea and health of the workers harvesting the leaves.  The tea at Miss Tea is organic, which, according to shop owner Revital, preserves more of the taste and makes for a fuller experience.

Miss Tea features thirty-three varieties, including black, green, and herbal teas, in three different package sizes: a small glass jar, a large glass jar, and a re-sealable bag. In addition to this selection, the shop also features tea-brewing supplies, handmade soaps, and handmade incense made from real essential oils.

Whatever your tea of choice, it is likely Miss Tea will have it.  This is their first winter at Bryant Park, so stop by to see the store, or visit their online shop if you can't make it in person.  Happy sipping!

Miss Tea
Booth J13 on the Upper Terrace  (map)

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
Monday – Friday: 11am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

*Look for special extended hours during the holidays. Some shops may be open on Christmas Day.

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