‘Steve’s Three Alarm Zen,’ our chili green tea, is one of our ChariTeas, and is attached to the memory of a man that I hold a deep respect and love for.
This past year has been a complicated one for Mister Tea and I. There has been a lot of loss, and a lot of pain, and a lot of just general physical complication.
There have been a lot of funerals and post-life celebrations this year. Most of them were in places I could not get to physically. This one I could.
I hate public speaking, though I have been told I am decent at it. For Mister Stephenson (which is what I always thought of him as) I decided to brave it. I knew barely a handful of the people in the room, but I decided to offer words anyway.
It is a strange thing, sitting in a wheelchair, mostly amongst people you do not know, making yourself the focus of attention for even a few moments. There is a vulnerability to it that is disconcerting, at best, for me. But it was more than worth it. He had enough of an effect on my life that I needed to say something to express it, to mark it.
He helped me learn to trust again, both others and myself. That may seem a simple gift, but it was huge to me at the time. He and his wife were tremendously and unequivocally good people, and they offered the chance of this gift to many people, not just me.
He passed that gift on to his children. His youngest son was one of a very few men I was able to trust without reservations, despite trauma in my back history. His older son and his daughters are equally formidable, and are people I am more than happy to call friend.
His passing was mourned as family, by both me and Mister Tea.
I needed to commemorate him. These days, I do that with a tea. This tea. However, while it is very tasty, I have to give a warning.
One of the things I remember from sharing meals at their table was his love of intensely spicy things, in the New Mexico way. I couldn’t quite bring myself to make a tea with Green Chili, but this tea was blended with his tastes in mind.
It won’t seem like much on the first sip. Or even the second. But it will build. Adding dairy to the tea will help, but if you are not a fan of spice, I would suggest caution.
In the end, it was decided that the charity honored in his name would not be due to the physical circumstances that took him from us, but would instead encompass two of his loves – animals and flight.
‘Pilots and Paws‘ is an organization that brings together those who want to rescue animals and pilots who will take those animals where they can have a life.
For every sale of our ‘Steve’s Three Alarm Zen’ we will donate $5 to the cause.
As a last note, Mister Stephenson, the Steve of this tea, was a part of how I got to where I am today. If we have helped you, or we have added happiness to your life, he had a part in it.
Of course, you do not have to buy this tea to salute this man. We do ask that you let us know if you make a donation in his name, so that we can boost the signal.
Now for the basics:
Organic Ingredients: High Mountain Green Tea, Hawthorn Berries, Peppermint, Chile Flakes
Batch Weight: 4.2 ounces (35-40 cups of tea)
Options: Loose Tea (Sample, Bag, Tin), Teabags (Single, Sample, Bag)