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Bigger is Better… and with more people.

If you’ve listened to our latest podcast, you know that we’re taking a brief hiatus from producing the show. Don’t worry—we’ll be back, raring to go, in about seven more weeks. In the meantime, however, we’ve got lots of work to do. Read more…

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Mmmmm… Maya Tea Mead!

The first time I tried mead was in Flagstaff, a little college town tucked into the pines at the base of Arizona’s tallest mountain.  I was on vacation, visiting one of my closest girlfriends and her husband.  One early afternoon, Tony (the husband) handed me a glass of what looked like liquor.  I gave him my most incredulous look and pointed at the high-reaching hands of the clock.  “You’re on vacation!” he argued.  I shook my head.  “Maybe if it was a beer,” I said, “but you can’t start me off this early with liquor.  I’ll never make it through the day.”  He pushed the glass under my nose—“It’s mead, not liquor.  I made it.  Myself.”  Oh, hell—I thought.  He made it.  I was obligated. Read more…

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Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going

“I have a good inkling of what this could turn into now, but given how naïve I was back then I can only imagine that my best guess of what I will turn into now is probably still short of the mark.  That leaves me kind of breathless, because the possibilities for all of us at the Maya Tea Company are pretty substantial.”

~ Manish Shah, on Steeping Around, show 79

The Maya Tea Company, like many businesses, has humble origins.  In the beginning there was only one product, a family recipe for chai tea, blended and packaged into teabags.  Ambitions were small, expectations were narrow, and even hopes fell short of what the tea company, after a decade, has become. Read more…

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Thankful for…

Last Thursday, thankfulness settled into my bones like a disease.  This was long after I had sent the traditional “I am thankful for YOU” texts to my loved ones.  It was hours after my family had gathered for turkey.  It was after the sun had set, and I sat alone at my house.  Tryptophan had taken a toll on my weary body.  I ran a hot bath, lit a few candles, and poured myself a glass of wine. Read more…

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Talking Iced Tea – Part 2

Last week on Steeping Around, your host recounted the short but colorful history of iced tea and made honorary mention of some of the delicious variations that have become popular in different cultures and regions. Among these were the infamous Southern Sweet Tea, the rich and creamy Thai Iced Tea, and the increasingly available gourmet blends at coffee shops. On behalf of the Maya Tea company, I would like to apologize for leaving your mouth watering. Read more…

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Talking Iced Tea – Part 1

In sweltering Tucson, where the Maya clan has planted their stakes, we are feeling every excruciating second of summer. The average high temperature during the past week was a staggering 106°, and amidst sweaty brows and steaming asphalt we don’t even want to talk about hot tea anymore.

And so Manish doesn’t—in episode four of “Steeping Around,” he turns his attention to iced tea, introducing the first of a frosty four part series. We’re keeping the temperatures a little cooler over the next few episodes, examining every aspect of iced tea: its history, varieties, brewing, serving, and spicing. Read more…

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How to Make a Great Cup of Tea – The Sequel

It is not uncommon for a member of Maya Tea to be dubbed a “tea snob.” While the phrase, in its inclusion of the word snob, carries a negative connotation, it is not a label that we shy away from. Being a tea snob means that we understand the qualities and characteristics of a good cup of tea, and that we strive to ensure that every cup we enjoy embodies those things. Read more…

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How to Make a Great Cup of Tea

In order to gain a proper appreciation for the wonderful beverage that is tea, one must first have tasted an excellent cup. Unfortunately, most drinkers are unaware of the fine details that affect your infusion, and as such have sipped on teas that are bitter, sour, or simply unappealing. We aim to change this—and for this reason Manish Shah has devoted the first episodes of Steeping Around to the art of making an exquisite cup of tea. Read more…

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Warming the Kettle

During the month of May, as the tea business began to stretch and settle into its lethargic summer state, the telephone rang with an exciting new prospect: an online radio show, revolving entirely around tea. “We were approached by the Food Radio Network, and they had heard that I was a guy who knew a little bit about the tea industry… apparently they also figured out that I like to talk, probably a little more than I should,” Manish begins. Such was the start of our first episode, entitled “Warming the Kettle,” in which Manish verbally did just that- prepped the audience for the coming talk of tea. Read more…

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