Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Happy Birthday to You

So many times this blog is about someone born of this day in history and a relationship (however loose) back to tea. Today we celebrate the publishing of the song, we've come to recognize as the official birthday song, ``Happy Birthday to You''. It was first published in on this day in 1924 by Claydon Sunny. So today we sing Happy Birthday to the song itself!

So what does that have to do with tea?
Well, there isn't a single package of green tea, white tea or a light oolong that leaves our shop without the words ``Happy Birthday'' on a bright green label on the back of the package. Why? As mentioned in previous posts, boiling water is too hot for tender tea leaves as found on green, white and light oolong teas. If the water happens to come to boiling, remove the water from the heat source and sing Happy Birthday. The length of this little ditty is just about right for allowing the water to cool to an appropriate brewing temperature.
Off the tea topic, the same song can be used to teach little ones to wash their hands for the proper amount of time.

I have a tea in stock called Birthday Wishes. It was developed when I was challenged to make a tea that is reminiscent of birthday cake. It even has sprinkles, just for fun. I'll offer that all week this week at 10% off. Just mention the blog.

As well, I'd like you all to know that I carry an electric tea kettle that has a temperature gauge. That means when it reached the set temperature, it stops heating. This means no more burning up the tea kettle! It's great for heating water for tea, coffee, hot chocolate, oatmeal, noodly soup, rice -- the perfect gift for anyone. It's energy efficient, too. It heats 1.6 L of water in about 4 minutes. If you are interested, please stop by the shop to see it, or give me a call. They retail for $50.00. I've personally been using the predecessor model for many years. I'd be lost without it!
How about a 10% discount on that too?! Sure!

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