3 Tea Talks Scheduled at the Guilderland Public Library

Guilderland Public Library Tea Talks

 

 

We have teamed up with the Guilderland Public Library to give you our better than ever tea talks. Register for the events here: Guilderland Public Library Calendar

Introduction to Tea – November 12th

What is tea, anyway? Most people don’t know that white, green, oolong and black tea all come from the same tea plant, just what happen after it is plucked makes tea those different kind of styles. In this informative session we will discuss topics on tea basics including: what is tea, history of tea, how to brew tea and of course a tea tasting.

Herbal Teas and Tisanes – December 17th

Steeping an herb in boiling water makes tisanes, not tea. Tea only comes from the tea plant. In this session we will discuss topics regarding flavorful, easy to make and healthy tisanes. Of course the talk wouldn’t be complete without a tasting.

Health Benefits of Tea and Tisanes – January 28th

A lot of people drink tea because it tastes great and others drink it because it is healthy. Fortunately, both are right and the most healthiest tea is the one you drink the most. In this session we will discuss the health considerations of tea and tisanes. Brewing techniques will be discussed and tea samples will be provided.

 

Short and Stout Tea
Specialty Tea Shop and Lounge
1736a Western Av.
Albany, NY 12203

At Short and Stout, It’s Time for Tea!

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What’s Brewing at Short and Stout Tea in October

New Teas, Seasonal Favorites and a Load of AccessoriesFruit Fiesta Oolong

Chances are we have have new teas since your last visit and the most recent is Fruit Fiesta Oolong. It is a combination of green tea, black and jasmine pearls with a touch of strawberry. The bouquet is light and fruity as well as the flavor.

All things spiced pumpkin is everywhere. Our pumpkin chai lovers know that the freshly made drinks never go out of season, but we have brought back our pumpkin chai scones and pumpkin spice rooibos.

We have expanded our offering of accessories. There are too many things to name the but the handmade hedgehog tea pot cozies are worth a IMG_9605mention.

October 1st is our 2nd Year Anniversary

We’re in the mood to celebrate in t


he fall because it’s Anniversary Time! This year we are offering 20% off of pastries
, teas and tea accessories on Thursday, October 1st through Saturday, October 3rd. Click on the following link to  receive a coupon.

20% Coupon

Special Activities at the LoungeVegetable Carving

On Saturday, October 17th from 1030 to 1230, one of our talented kitchen helper, Kwan will  be giving a  demonstration and training on Food Carving. This will be an opportunity for
you to learn the skill of decorative
food carving of apples and cucumbers into leaves and tomatoes into roses. Instruction, specialty carving tool, food to carve and a pot of tea will be provided for $20. Please reserve in advance.

We also have new artists displaying their craft on the lounge’s walls. Marty Bannan medium is photography that he focuses on a vibrant orange among slate tones. He passes these pictures through filters to add an interesting perspective. Trish Kocialski uses acrylics with a unique style to produce images of sweeping colorscapes.

Soon To Be Open on Sundays and Closing Early for Holidays in October

Starting October 18th through December 20th we will be open on

Sundays. Our hours will be from 11:30am to 4pm.

For the holidays in October we will be closed at 2pm on October 12th
Columbus Day and 2pm on October 31st Halloween.

Spectacular Party PlannerChildren Tea Party

We are now working with Clarisse an extremely enthusiastic party planner. She wants everyone know that having a children tea party with lots of activities can be affordable at Short and Stout Tea. Our private room is small enough to have an intimate and personal party setting but big enough to have a lot of fun. Inquire at the tea lounge or
ShortAndStoutTea@nullgmail.com

Where We Will Be This Month

We are happy to return back to Goold Apple and Wine Fest on October 10th and 11th. And will be at Niskayuna Craft Fair October 24th.

Tea Quote of the Month

“It is the whole leaf, that will make you fall in love with tea.”
Devin & Rachel

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Albany Tea Festival Review

Friday, June Fifth of 2015 became the first ever tea celebration in the greater Albany area.  There were about 15 vendors including well known Divintea and the Whistling Kettle, plus tea educators, herbalists and honey and maple vendors. The crowd started early and was consistent throughout the evening. Overit Media did a fantastic job in utilizing their space to make everyone comfortable.

Tea Educational Seminars

For as many people flowing through the tables buying and drinking tea there was a contingency of about 20 people that stayed parked in the tea seminar area. Topics ranged in a variety including ginseng, herbals, kombucha, cold brewing tea and a fun tea trivia session. Each pro did a fantastic job captivating the audience with their specialty.

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Liz moving people to the Tea Seminars

Tea Lounge

Tea Lounging

Tea Seminars

Tea Seminars

Tea Tabling

Tea Tabling

Many of the organizers got together at the end and determined that the timing of the year is perfect for the event and with the success of the first there has to be another. Look forward to June 2016!

 

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What is Bubble Tea?

Bubble Tea Anatomy

Bubble Tea Anatomy

Some people who come into the shop and ask “What is Bubble Tea, anyway?”  The item on the menu catches their eye because they have heard of it, but never actually seen it. First a little history before I get into the details. Bubble tea is an up and coming drink that is established on the West Coast and some urban areas on the West Coast. Bubble Tea or more traditionally called Boba Tea originates from Taiwan. The boba or bubbles has nothing to do with fizz, but rather tapioca pearls. Wait…What? tapioca in a drink? Exactly and that is what makes Bubble Tea different from any other drink you’ve had before.

The way we describe Bubble Tea is to say it is a melted milkshake which comes in flavors like black tea, green tea, blueberry, almond, honeydew, coconut, mango, pineapple, strawberry, red bean and my favorite taro. So if sweet and creamy fruit flavored melted milkshake isn’t enough, at the bottom of the drink reside tapioca pearls. They taste like soft gummy bears. You drink this drink using an extra wide straw to make sure you get a healthy does of the tea and pearls all at once.

So yes, it is a polarizing drink where people are either addicted to it or they can’t get past the combination of textures. For those that try it are usually rewarded with a new favorite drink.

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What’s Brewing at Short and Stout Tea in June

Albany Tea Festival Friday June 5thAlbany Tea Festival

This Friday, June 5th from 5:30 to 9:00 is Albany’s First Tea Festival. Join Short and Stout with many other local tea vendors and educators for an event never seen in the area. Be a part of history and be at Albany Tea Fest.

Honest Weight Food Co-op “Backyard Herbal Teas” Presentation Thursday June 4th

At the Honest Weight Food Co-op in Albany I’ll be doing an educational seminar on Thursday, June 4th from 6:00 to 7:30. The event is free and registration is located here http://www.eventbrite.com/e/backyard-herbal-teas-tickets-17088866259

Colonie Farmer’s Market

Short and Stout is serving their delicious iced teas at the Colonie Crossings Farmer’s Market on Saturday’s from 9am to 1 pm.

 

Old Songs Festival

We are very excited to be a part of a large event called Old Songs Festival at Altamont Fair Grounds. This festival is taking place on June 26th to June 28th and it’s going to be a blast.kickin

 

Introduction of Kickin’ in the Caribbean

With all our iced teas and bubble teas we are adding another CrafTEA: Kickin’ in the Caribbean. The base is our Kickin’ Earl and we add passion fruit and sparkling water which will transport you to a get-away island.

 

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3 Things you Need to Know about the Albany Tea Festival

We are proud to announce that tea providers and educators throughout the region will be coming together in one room for the Albany Tea Festival.

1. This will be taking place on Friday June 5th from 5:30 to 9:00 at Overit 435 New Scotland Av. old St. Theresa Church.

2. There will be 5 guest speakers that will be discussing a variety of tea related topics.

3. There will be over 15 tea vendors present demonstrating their particular expertise in the tea trade.

We hope that you can come and make this “first ever” and annual event. Albany Tea Festival

 

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What’s Brewing at Short and Stout Tea for April and May

A Very Special Offering for Mother’s Day

Short and Stout has announced a Mother’s Day Breakfast Buffet and Afternoon Tea on Sunday May 10th. We have hosted several birthday parties, wedding rehearsals, baby showers and now it’s time for us to host one ourselves for Mothers. RSVP by May 2nd. Click here for more information https://shortandstouttea.com/?p=1402

 

Spring Edition of Tea Talks Begin in May

Thursday May 14th at 6pm – Growing Tea in Your Backyard

Thursday May 28th at 6pm – Brewing Techniques and Recipes for Summer Drinks

Please call ahead. $3 per person

Blooming Tea

 

Blooming Teas are in Season

This is the season for blooming teas. Our Peach Fairy and Chrysanthemum bloom into beautiful blossoms which make perfect center pieces for your spring tea party. Just add water and enjoy. They can be infused multiple times so your party doesn’t have to stop when the pot is empty. We also carry a full line of glass tea pots if you are in need.

 

Wholesale Partners

Did you know you can find Short and Stout Tea in a many different communities throughout the area? Indian Ladder in Altamont, Café Calabria in Guilderland, Saati Catering in Loudonville, Better Bite in Downtown Albany, Local Flavor Café in Watervliet, Hudson River Coffee House in the Pine Hills of Albany and more to be added to the list. Have you had a matcha green tea doughnut from Cider Belly’s in Albany, yup you guessed it. That’s our tea!

We are always looking for more places to spread the joy of great tea. Let us know if you think your favorite place to go could up their tea offerings.

 

Our OutingsThe Crossings Farmer's Market

We love giving tea talks and we have a few lined up in May. We will be at the VA Hospital in Albany, Women’s League at Italian Community Center, Honest Weight Co-op in Albany and Avila Retirement. Let us know if you would like to have a tea talk at your place or ours.

We are excited to be back to the Colonie Crossings Farmers Market. It starts Saturday May 16th and is every Saturday until September from 9am to 1pm. There is a variety of vendor’s serving up their offerings.

 

Tea Quote

Tea is always a good idea.

-Anonymous

 

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Mother’s Day Breakfast Buffet and Afternoon Tea

 

This Mother’s Day May 10th Short and Stout is offering something special. If you’ve been to one of our special hostings or anniversary party you know how much fun and tasty a Short and Stout Tea Party can be. Well its time to treat your Mom or give a big nudge to you children for this treat. There will be a variety of tea related food including marble tea eggs, Darjeeling roasted potatoes and of course tea infused scones. Mother's Day Tea Party

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Observations of the Coffee and Tea Fest NYC in Brooklyn March 22, 2015

There was a very broad range of vendors from standard tea bag retailers to those who import tea from their family’s owned tea estates. The later appealed more to us. There was a vendor who imported Chinese teas from ancient trTea Festivalees. Most of the regions that she was sampling are those that I never heard of and although they were black tea they were so distinctively different. Her set up was beautiful with full gong fu cha service. Another Chinese vendor was sampling and selling ripe pu-erh that that was 40 years old. A pair of Japanese ladies donning traditional Japanese kimono were preparing green tea. They specifically varied the temperature of their water from different extremes depending on the green tea type.

There were two Formosa tea purveyors who source their tea directly from Taiwan. One has family roots their and the other creates his own connections by backpacking in the Taiwanese wilderness. The newest trends in Formosa and oolongs as a whole are lighter oxidation. One philanthropist all of 25 years old works with Kenyan Estates and all her profits go to education of orphans.

The highlight was meeting a world renowned author and taster. He said to us that 10 years ago there were only 5 tea vendors out of 60 total, now there are more tea vendors than coffee. After those parting words we then hit 4 or 5 tea cafes in the city. In the end, we were all happy to gain greater depth of something we are already very passionate about.

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