A peek inside the new Stonemill Matcha on Valencia.
We met David Lee Hoffman on Saturday afternoon…
…his home/workshop/tea caves are collectively called Last Resort (read more about it here). It’s something wild. Breathtaking and peaceful at the same time.
Junko runs a Japanese afternoon tea called Oyatsuya SF on the weekends. She uses Sasaki‘s sushi space in the Mission and offers several seatings of afternoon tea (by reservation only). It’s an excellent deal at $25/person including four courses of savories and sweets. The menu changes monthly, and drinks (like matcha beer and umeshu soda) are offered separately.
Pieces and parts for Eight Treasures Tea / Ba Bao Cha:
- Green jasmine
- Pearl chrysanthemum (for the respiratory system)
- Goji berries (for the liver)
- Lotus seeds (for the kidneys)
- Baby rosebuds
- Rock sugar
- Jujube (for the blood)
- Hawthorn (for digestion)
The above blend is from China Live in SF. I find lots of pleasure in tasting/comparing blends with the ones I make at home. I’ve also seen many variations that incorporate ginseng, licorice, and dried tangerine peels. Teakha in Hong Kong offers a Ba Bao Cha brew at the cafe…