Cheers to Arthur Guinness
Meet one of our extraordinary St. James Greats: Arthur Guinness! You may have already met him if you have been seated in “St. James Gate” during your teatime. This seating area was named in honor of the first Guinness Brewery in Dublin, Ireland.
Guinness felt called by God to “make a drink that men will drink that will be good for them” after watching gin destroy his beloved city. A talented brewer, Guinness went to work to create positive change and founded his beer company as part of the temperance movement. In 1759, Guinness signed a 9000-year lease for St. James’ Gate, a brewery on the River Liffey, and began making his beer, which was less alcoholic than gin and safer to drink than water at the time.
From there, his business grew, and with it a better community. Beyond providing jobs, Guinness had housing built for his workers and their families. He developed education programs, sanitation standards, and even social events, all the while keeping his product safe and regulated, unlike the popular choice of gin. Due to Guinness’ dedication and love for his people, we are proud to honor him. Cheers to Arthur Guinness! You can read more about Guinness’ legacy in The Search for God and Guinness, available for sale in our Market during the “Dublin’s Fare” menu.
Hygiene Kit Donation Drive
From March 5th through March 31st we will be collecting items to create personal hygiene kits for people in need around the Albuquerque Metro area. The St. James Tearoom staff will be volunteering their time once the collections have been gathered to create individual kits that will be provided to the Veterans Integration Center to be distributed to those who need them. Please consider bringing some of the following ‘travel-sized’ items as a donation when you visit for tea or to shop in the Market:
- Soap (bar or gel)
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Wet Wipes
(Please no hand sanitizer or mouth wash)
Sample at the Tea Bar: Renaissance Chocolate Treasure
During our “Dublin’s Fare” menu, we will be sampling Renaissance Chocolate Treasure at our Tea Bar in the Market. Discover sweet mint leaves and real chocolate bits in a refreshingly scented black tea. Enjoy this delicacy unadorned or with a touch of sugar and a splash of milk to lend a touch of creaminess. Samples will be available in The St. James Market from March 5th – 31st.
Featured Products for March
Though Tolkien did not go into great detail of how a Dwarf properly maintained a beard, we believe that if given the access to beard oils, Dwarves would have been the greatest proponents.
Pipes are a common and memorable image for those who love J.R.R. Tolkien and his famous Middle-Earth. Gandalf, Aragorn, Bilbo, and Tolkien himself are rarely remembered without a good pipe in pocket or in hand.
Tips from a Tea Master: Veronica
A lot goes into the perfect cup of tea. Today’s tip on how to brew the ideal cup comes from Veronica, one of our St. James Tea Masters and one of the Tearoom’s Shift Leaders.
“Tea gains its distinctive flavors by a process called oxidation. When tea leaves are plucked off the plant, they are softened, then twisted to break the cells and release the chemicals, such as enzymes, that are in the leaf. In order to stop a tea from continuing to oxidize, it must be fired or dried completely. This is the oxidation that a tea goes through to turn into the type of tea that is desired.
There are 9 different teas, but two common varieties are black and green. The difference between these is the time they are allowed to oxidize. Once the teas are twisted, black teas are allowed to oxidize completely, where they turn into an almost black-colored tea leaf. Green teas will be immediately fired after they are softened. The other 7 types of teas fall between those two ends of the spectrum as far as oxidation levels are concerned. For example, Oolong teas are oxidized at 15% – 75% of the amount of time it takes for a black tea to oxidize, whereas Pouchongs are less than 15% of that amount of time.
With the oxidation process there can be many different outcomes for the tea leaves. The world of tea is so expansive that it makes it exciting to learn about!”