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What is a Chaikhana?

A chaikhana is a teahouse along the legendary Silk Road pilgrimage and trading route linking China to the Middle East and Europe. It is a place of rest along the journey, a place to shake off the dust of the road, to sip tea, and to gather together to sing songs of the Divine...

 

The Story of Tea, by Ayn al-Qozat Hamadani (retold by Idries Shah)
An ancient parable with tea as the "celestial drink" -- spiritual ambrosia or amrita. It is this story that gave the Poetry Chaikhana its name.

Tea Links:

Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
http://www.BoulderTeahouse.com

One of the most beautiful examples in North America of a Central Asian-style chaikhana teahouse. Built in Boulder, Colorado with craftsmen from Tajikistan as part of a sister-city friendship program during the Cold War. Some good articles on tea. You can order rare imported teas and tea pots.

Sattwa Chai - the tea that stirs the maker
http://www.SattwaChai.com
Authentic spicy masala chai, made from 100% organic ingredients and Fair Trade Certified tea. 10% of Sattwa sales are donated to life-supportive projects around the world.

Celestial Seasonings Tea
http://www.CelestialSeasonings.com
One of the main producers of natural and herb teas in North America. Their web site has good sections on 'Tea from A to Z' and 'Herbs from A to Z'. Samples of artwork and quotations.

Yogi Tea
http://www.YogiTea.com
Another excellent source of natural and herb tea in North America, with a particular emphasis on organic teas. Good information on the medicinal value of herbal teas.

I'd like to take the opportunity to raise a warm cup of tea in thanks to the folks who employ me in my day job, giving me the additional income I need to do this work for the Poetry Chaikhana... New Millennium | Integrated Business Management, Accounting, and Financial Analysis Software

And to my lovely and wise wife, Michele Anderson... New Vision | Intuitive Coaching and Psychic Counseling

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