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New Specialty Tea Shop in Clear Lake
The Tea Mistress, LLC is a new specialty purveyor of specialty gourmet tea, coffee, chocolate, teaware, tiny teapot jewelry and tea accessories. On Sunday, January 8th, a special tea tasting event is taking place in the shop. This event is open to the public to sample teas with a small suggested donation, which goes to support the Lone Star Houston Tea Festival.
Houston Tea Festival: Diversity Means Tea Drinking is Hot in the Bayou City
Iced tea is a staple refreshment during the hottest months of summer here in Houston, for some, but hot tea is a pretty popular choice too — year round — especially with Houston’s growing diversity. Hot tea drinking is something people from Asia, the UK and Ireland grew up on.
We talk with the event’s organizer Amanda Vermillion, Certified Tea Master and owner of The Tea Mistress, an online store for tea drinkers.
The Houston Tea Festival Debuts Next Weekend: From Lewis Carroll to Japanese Lolita fashion, this love letter to the cuppa has something for every tea lover.
First of all, though sweet tea is known as “the house wine of the South,” the Houston Tea Festival focuses mostly on hot drinks. According to Vermillion, she’s enlisted several “celebri-teas”—people known nationally and internationally as tea authorities—to teach guests about the tasty leaves. “I really wanted to come across to the people who are getting into tea or who love tea, but don’t know a lot about the people behind it,” Vermillion says. “This is a great chance to see some people who are really, really respected and you may not know who they are right now, but believe me, you should!”
Infusing Knowledge: Seabrook ‘Mistress of Tea’ masters an art steeped in warmth and rituals.
Amanda Vermillion has always had a relationship with tea. The daughter of a French mother, Vermillion at a young age was introduced to “tisanes,” which are herbal teas. After taking a class in college, where she learned about the healing properties of herbs, her love affair with tea continued.
Lone Star Iced Tea Festival: A Tea Master and Festival Fan Dives Into a Tall Glass of Iced Tea
The Lone Star Iced Tea Festival will be held August 9 in Downtown Houston. There will be tea talks, classes, vendors, samples, entertainment, food, and, of course, plenty of your favorite beverage!