Many moons ago, my respect and appreciation for tea deepened when a Zen monk in Kyoto offered a bowl of hand-whisked Uji ceremonial matcha after meditation. A decade later while on sabbatical from corporate life, I decided to live and volunteer in a Zen monastery. Serendipitously, tea was the beverage of choice. I didn’t realize then that my spiritual tea journey has just begun. I later moved to work with tea farmers at the same time apprenticed at the Urasenke School of Tea Ceremony. A few years later, I obtained my certification in Japanese Tea.
My name is Newton and I started part timing here at Granville Island Tea Shop after coming home to Vancouver. Whether you fancy our signature Masala Chai, a hand whisked Uji matcha or are open minded to sample any of our >200 tea & herbal choices, I would be delighted to brew it for you.