Comstock's magazine 0618 - June 2018 - Page 38

n TASTE Classy Hippie Tea offers a membership to encourage the communal aspect of tea. her retail shop, Tea Cozy, in Sacramento for 20 years. She expanded her classic tea line as customer demand for variety in- creased, and now sells to companies such “One of the universal aspects of tea — regardless of the culture — is it tends to encourage people to come together, be calm together and share conviviality.” ~ Katharine Burnett, director, UC Davis Global Tea Initiative as Coffee Works and Bottle and Barlow (a cocktail/barbershop) in Sacramento. Bot- tle and Barlow owner Jayson Wilde con- sults with Thompson on flavor profiles 38 comstocksmag.com | June 201 8 to craft his seasonal tea-infused cocktails such as an earl grey vodka or a lemon roo- ibos scotch. “It creates another layer of cocktails you can’t get anywhere else and it’s relatively cost-effective,” Wilde says. Together, Thompson and the Planjes are organizing Sacramento’s first tea fes- tival in 2019 or 2020, which will feature classes, samples and demonstrations, Thompson says. “We just want to expose tea and let people know there’s places to have tea in Sacramento.” Beyond demanding high-quality and sustainably-sourced teas, today’s consumers are also interested in the traditional aspect of tea as a beverage to enjoy in the company of others, says Burnett, of UC Davis. “One of the uni- versal aspects of tea — regardless of the culture — is it tends to encourage people to come together, be calm together and share conviviality.”