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Gongfu & Gongs: The Blang Spirit

A truly unique experience.   On a busy Summer’s night in Hackney, with the usual London characters out in full swing preparing for a busy night out on the town. 10-15 of us sat gathered in a circle in A-side B-side Gallery, listening intently to Olivier’s tales of his time spent in Lincang, which seemed like a whole other world at the time.  He told us of the tea we would be trying that evening, some “suan cha” (sour tea), a rare tea to be found in China which is now strictly reserved for the rich or for special occasions like a wedding, but one that Olivier eventually found in the privacy of a family in Bulang.  Once processed, the...

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Coconut Chai: Cold Brew & Chai Latte Recipe

Why not try our Coconut Chai as cold-brew: Take 15g Coconut Chai loose leaf (or approx. 6 x zigzag Coconut Chai pyramid tea bags) Steep in 1litre filtered water for 3 hours max. (black tea produces more tannins so shorter brew time to avoid a bitter taste) Strain and serve over ice Add a slice of lime We also love this Chai Latte recipe from Sunday Cafe, one of our original and much loved stockists on Hemingford Road, N1, @sundaybarnsbury Serve this one come rain or shine, it’s sure to take you to beach bliss come 11’s : Take 2 x zigzag Coconut Chai pyramid tea bags, steep in 30ml boiling water for 3 mins to make a small amount...

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Make Space: Gong Bath ceremony with Kat Bambul

Escape your thoughts and immerse yourself in sound therapy. Zigzag Tea is pleased to host a truly spiritual experience; a gong bath. Conducted by experienced therapist, Kat Bambul, allow the power of sound and vibration to calm the mind and soothe the senses in a healing session to leave you feeling fresh and revived. Gong bath, what is it? Like no other experience, the tones of the gong encompass the listener’s body in a thick blanket of sound – the sensation is similar to floating in cosmic space. Put simply, a gong bath is a sound massage for the body and mind. This is a centuries old practice in the East of the world where healing, spiritual insights, visions and...

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Great Teas and Clean Seas

Great Teas and Clean Seas We believe that there's a special moment when you enjoy a good cup of tea where your mind can unwind and you can reflect on good stuff for a while. A recent documentary from the BBC however moved us to reflect and feel rather sad about the way some businesses choose to use harmful processes in their products.  The production of teabags requires thousands of litres of water and the majority of those made in the UK are made of a plastic called polypropylene. Yup, that’s right, some manufacturers use plastic in those little bags full of tea. It can account for up to 25% of the bag meaning it's impossible to fully compost. With...

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Make Space: Pablo Atchugarry

 When Italian sculptor, Pablo Atchugarry approaches a piece of marble he listens to its story. Like the other great Italian sculptor, Michelangelo, he allows the marble to dictate how he carves it to create some truly incredible works of art. With marble there’s no turning back, and each chisel stroke is meticulous. Each void becomes a part of the piece, which transforms it into an object designed to question the way we look at space.  

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