We Love Friday! Tea Time


Although it has only existed in the West for a relatively recent 400 years, the Eastern world has been drinking tea for over 4500 years! According to an ancient legend, Chinese Emperor, Shan Nong, discovered it in 2737 B.C. He preferred to drink boiling hot water and one day some leaves randomly fell in while he was walking through his garden, giving off a strong, pleasant aroma, making the first cup of tea. Through the method of seeping in boiling water to make tea, the Eastern world discovered medicinal benefits of many different plants. It wasn’t until the 17th century that Dutch and Portuguese sailors introduced tea to the West through trade with China and it quickly became a status symbol for the wealthy. A century later it was enjoyed by people of all walks of life as imports expanded and prices went down.

Sustainable “Tea Bus” sets off on worldwide journey


When Guisepi Spadafora was temporarily living and working out of his truck in Hollywood, he didn’t know that the simple idea of sharing his food and tea at the end of the day would turn into a life calling. What he discovered was that in the midst of a hectic atmosphere on Hollywood Boulevard, there was suddenly an instant community created. Many people came together from diverse backgrounds and, through the act of serving tea freely, they shared life for a short moment. Thus, the “Free Tea Party” had begun.

Red Tea Ceremony Raises Awareness for Fukushima

On March 11, 2011 Japan endured a tsunami and earthquake that brought disaster to the Fukushima region of the country. In its rage, it also brought the hazard of the crippled Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Initially listed as a level 4 on the International Nuclear Event Scale, it became a level 7, the highest any nuclear disaster could attain. It joins Chernobyl as the second nuclear disaster to reach such high levels.