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Reflections from Jesse, Samovar’s Founder

I opened the first Samovar 6 years ago, at 498 Sanchez Street in the Castro-Mission, with the purpose of propagating the tea culture to modern San Francisco. I have spent much of my life pursuing the practice of Awareness, on the cushion, on the mat, in the dojo, back on the cushion, dojo, mat, and […]

SF Weekly Votes Samovar Tea Lounge San Francisco’s Best Tea 2008

Best of San Francisco: “Some tea rooms are all about the scones and crumpets; others embrace the more tranquil practices of the East. Still others go the Moorish route and serve up dolmas and dates with the brewed mint leaves. Samovar, an inclusive sort of place in a quiet corner of the Castro (and now in a second location in Yerba Buena Gardens), honors all of these traditions and more…”

A New Samovar Blossoms in Hayes Valley

Samovar Tea Lounge III is now open! The corner of Page Street and Laguna Street has had a tea makeover. After six years in business, we have opened in SF’s newest neighborhood, “Hayes Valley,” across the street from America’s oldest Zen institution, the San Francisco Zen Center.

Robiraki: Celebrating Tea New Year

Winter’s First Tea.
With all the New Year’s celebrations of the last couple months, I thought I’d write about a more obscure and subdued New Year’s celebration that I attended: Robiraki.

Jodet

Jodet is one of our busiest Tea Ambassadors! She’s the leader of Samovar Hayes Valley, an MBA student, and a writer. How does tea fit into this full life? Jodet drinks tea to energize her when she needs it… and to relax and slow her down when that is in order.

Loraine

Loraine (also known as Lobo) is one of the most easy-going people to know. She’s down-to-earth and always has a smile on her face. The name for one of our infamous Japanese Senchas, Lobocha… was named after our Lobo, who has a passion for green teas. Loraine has been working at Samovar since she was […]

Luis

Luis is one of our cooks here at Samovar, so it is no surprise that he always has an opinion on what teas to pair with different foods. A native of Yucatan, Mexico, Luis loves to play different musical instruments on his free time. “I play the keyboard and the drums” Luis says, “I come […]

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