Samurai means “to serve.”
Tamurai means “to serve through tea.”
AT TAMURAI TEA OUR GOAL IS TO HONOR THE SPIRIT OF HEALTH AND WELL-BEING.
rishi•i /’riSHē/ noun
Sanskrit: One who is a seer, sage or seeker of truth.
The Vanguard of Tea Since 1997
Independently owned, direct trade importer of organic teas and botanicals. Inspired by tradition and global culinary arts.
Rishi Tea was founded on the commitment to set the standard for quality and expand the awareness of tea and its rich, inspirational tradition. We offer superb tea and botanicals imported directly from gardens across the world. We draw inspiration from ancient artisanal practices that use organic cultivation techniques as well as modern culinary innovation. From our modest beginnings over twenty years ago to becoming an established leader in the specialty tea market, our mission has never wavered.
Our Promise to You
Our commitment to sustainability is a core part of our mission that stems from the organic tea gardens where our teas and botanicals are harvested. Our firsthand experience in many tea-growing regions led to our heightened awareness of the dire need for social responsibility. Rishi Tea was among the first to earn organic certification under the USDA’s Natural Organic Program in November of 2002.
Tea was originally a food and medicine long before it became a steeped beverage. It is only natural that our tea practice draws inspiration from numerous disciplines, including third wave coffee, cocktail mixology, sommeliers’ oenology, botanical apothecary, and the traditional culinary arts from global food cultures.
The Beginnings of Rishi
Rishi Tea began in 1997 when Joshua Kaiser, founder and tea buyer, recognized that the traditional handcrafted teas he grew so fond of during his travels in Asia were rarely available elsewhere. Joshua felt that North American consumers would embrace artisan tea as they did single origin coffee and fine varietal wine. We travel thousands of miles each year to the diverse points of origin where our teas are harvested, maintaining the personal relationships we have developed over the years with farmers and artisans whose families have been making traditional teas for generations.
The Fruit and the Folly
FROM THE RISHI KITCHEN
|2 oz||peach nectar|
|1 oz||rosemary simple syrup|
|3 oz||brewed Rishi Peach Blossom White Tea|
|dash balsamic glaze|
- Shake all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker until well blended.
- Garnish inside lining of serving glass with additional balsamic glaze.
- Strain into serving glass.
Each tea category has an ideal range for water temperature when brewing. The brewing vessel and infusion time are important to consider and will also greatly affect the outcome of the flavors. Specific tea brewing vessels are preferred for certain teas. The traditional kyusu is a great way to brew Japanese green tea and the gaiwan is perfect, but not limited to, brewing oolong teas.
Rishi Tea & Botanicals includes instruction on how to brew for each of our products, including the brewing method. Generally, brewing instructions with water temperature, steep time, and dosage are found on our packaging. No matter how you plan to brew your tea, check out our brewing guides below with videos and step-by-step instructions.
HOW TO COLD BREW TEA
The process of cold-brewing steeps tea leaves slowly, using time rather than temperature to release flavors and catechins gently. This results in a smooth body with complex flavors and reduced bitterness. Not only is cold brew tea easy to prepare, it can be considered a more fool-proof method of brewing a refreshing and delicious cup of true-tasting tea, as the need for achieving precise water temperature is eliminated.!
To prepare Cold Brew Tea, you will need:
1. 1000ml Simple Brew Tea Pot
2. Kettle with hot water
3. Pitcher with cool or room temperature water
Measure 2 to 3 tablespoons of loose leaf tea into a 1000 ml Simple Brew Tea Pot
CRASH WITH HOT WATER
Add a small amount of hot water to your Simple Brew Tea Pot. It should be just enough to cover your tea leaves. We crash the tea leaves with a small amount of hot water before adding cold water to ensure food safety.
FILL WITH COOL WATER & REFRIGERATE
Fill the rest of your Simple Brew Tea Pot with cool or room temperature water and cover. Put your Simple Brew Tea Pot in the refrigerator.
In general, most cold brew teas are ready to drink after 2-4 hours of steeping. Some Japanese teas require even shorter infusions, while ball rolled oolong tea may need significantly more time. Feel free to experiment with the about of tea and infusion time to find your desired brew strength
DECANT AND ENJOY
Remove from refrigerator and separate brew from leaves by decanting fully into a new vessel. Serve without ice. Store in refrigerator for up to 24 hours.