Tea at "Theine"
Coral Gables’s First Tea Salon Opens
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT KYRA WHITE
June 1, 2004
Theine Salon & Tea Shop has opened its doors. The shop, which
specializes in gourmet loose leaf teas from the world's best tea
estates, offers green, black and white teas, oolong teas, herbal
teas, and exclusive blends. Theine (pronounced tay-een) sits on
quiet Madeira Avenue, up an inviting garden path. The charming
cottage at 119 Madeira is just a few blocks from the buzzing commercial
center of Coral Gables, but before you have even strolled past
the courtyard flowers and entered through Theine's French doors,
you realize your steps have carried you farther away from the
everyday Miami hustle and bustle than you could have imagined.
Before you know it, you've relaxed into the most refreshing new
element on Miami's cultural landscape in quite some time.
This new tea shop and salon offers an entirely unique experience
in our busy town, an oasis of tranquility and calm for the simple
taking of tea, replete with customs and rituals evolved over the
centuries. The owner Kyra White is a French-trained chef and a
veritable scholar of tea culture around the world. She explains
that the atmosphere she has created and the teas she provides
are inspired by values that have surrounded the taking of tea
for centuries. "Ancient Japanese Chado principles say that
pure teas, cultivated with respect for nature, should be enjoyed
in harmonious surroundings, and induce a sense of tranquility."
Chado means "the way of tea," and at Theine, Kyra adds,
that way will not be interrupted by ringing cell phones! As a
member of the Tea Association and convivium leader of Slow Food
Miami, White still takes time to “slow down” and personally
gives visitors a “tea tasting” to remember. She recently
attended a seminar given by Jack Buckowski from Harvard Medical
School on the new discoveries of tea health benefits to the immune
system. These topics and more will be discussed in lectures given
in the shop.
The walls of Theine are lined with traditional metal tea canisters.
The names of the teas themselves are evocative, like Pai Mu Tan,
a delicate white tea, and Makaibari First Flush (FIGFOPFS), the
premier organic Darjeeling from a renowned estate in India. European
travelers may remember the revered Rooibos, also known as red
bush, an herbal tea from South Africa treasured for its healthful
properties. There is also a selection of tea gift baskets, functional
and beautiful tea pots from around the world, and basic tea tools
for the perfect pot.
Tea tastings take place at Theine every day, and the salon hosts
frequent educational events, like the upcoming tea cupping on
June 12th. Theine will become a full service tea salon with fresh
baked pastries and light fare. It is available now for special
events, from club gatherings to birthdays, weddings and baby showers,
and the Theine tea gifts are ideal for celebrating, targeting
health, relaxation and the cultivation of friendship.
Tea Shop & Salon: CORAL GABLES' FIRST TEA SALON
119 Madeira Ave,
Coral Gables FL 33134
Open Tues through Sat, 10 - 6 pm