Bringing mindfulness to simple activities like drinking a cup of tea helps train us in directing our attention consciously. Most of us are driven by habits and patterns, but by choosing to slow things down, to sit still and have a cup of tea, our minds become aware, as we calmly enjoy being in the moment, drinking our tea.
A tea meditation is like pressing pause with a little tea mindfulness - practicing to be present in all aspects of the tea ritual - from making the tea, drinking it and being mindful of its effects to the mind and body.
Last November 17th, Bo’s Coffee and its artisan Philippine Tea partner, Tsaa Laya, conducted a Tea Appreciation workshop that let senses wander over the finest cup of Philippine Herbal tea.
For over 10 years, Bo's Coffee has been collaborating with Tsaa Laya in providing a platform for this social enterprise and leading herbal tea-producing community to showcase the best of Philippine tea. The event held at Bo's Coffee Bonifacio High Street was a collaboration between Bo’s Coffee represented by the brand’s beverage master, Jason Carl Vasquez and of course, Tsaa Laya Founder, Mr. Jamir Ocampo.
The workshop was an experiential event where participants took part in creative sessions that showcased the rich and exquisite blends of Tsaa Laya.
Participants, both Bo’s Coffee and Tsaa Laya fans and some friends from the media moved freely yet mindfully around each session.
The Tea Appreciation station featured Tsaa Laya founder himself, Jamir Ocampo, where he took participants to a different world of herbs as they were told stories of livelihood from farming to producing local herbal flavors into exquisite tea blends.
The Mindfulness Over a Cup station led by Enzo Montaño, a renowned yoga practitioner, helped participants explore some wellness and mindfulness practices and having intentions of peace and happiness from sipping a cup of tea in the morning to starting the day with presence, enjoying a mid-day cup for increased focus and clarity, or ending the day with another cup for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Finally, the last station was just as fun, the Iced Tea Playtime session where participants were shown how they can create their own unique iced teas using Tsaa Laya’s vibrant array of flavors.
ABOUT BO’S COFFEE & TSAA LAYA PARTNERSHIP
Bo’s Coffee has endeavored to become a pillar of strength for Filipino artisan brands like Tsaa Laya. It has committed to be a platform for Filipino social enterprises to reach a global audience so more Bo’s Coffee tea range of beverages carry the Tsaa Laya tea experience.
Tsaa Laya continues to develop novel herbal blends that source local ingredients and showcase Filipino flavors, and Bo’s Coffee has always made them accessible to you. From its roster of shaken iced teas to its hot teas -every sip is truly a mark from a homegrown brew.