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Our Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

28 November 2016

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The countdown is on – a few short weeks left before wrapping those holidays gifts! To help you save time, we’ve compiled a handy suggestion guide filled with original gift ideas for everyone. Meaning less time running around shopping and more quality time spent with loved ones.

 

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Fabienne Synnott, Our local ceramicist | Shino’s song

11 November 2016

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It’s been nearly two years since her first appearance at the Céramiste d’ici exhibition and it’s safe to speculate that Fabienne Synnott has been kept hand over fist in clay. Her craft has naturally evolved and grown, so much that last summer, she was awarded first prize in the Terre et The contest held by Camellia Sinensis for the tea bowl category. As such, we are very proud to present her work once again.

She mentioned that one of her fondest moments this fall was a “wonderful“  wood-oven firing lead by ceramicist Daniel Gingras. He apparently gave her the “best spot” in his oven and judging from the results, we certainly are happy that he decided to do so.

We were lucky enough to see some of her most recent gas-oven creations: sandstone as well as porcelain made from a type of clay she has recently adopted. With this Grolleg, one can “do wonders with glazes’’, she claims.

Like all true artists, Fabienne is constantly pushing the envelope.  She shared with us her most recent exploration: ash-based glazes. Truth be told, we cannot wait to see her take on that ancient technique – she promised a November sneak peak.

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As her craft evolves, she continues to explore the shino style and keeps creating world class pieces: “In reduction firing, you can sometimes hear the shinos singing. I believe it’s because I’ve listened carefully. Ever since I was allowed into the shino realm twelve years ago, I’ve been learning continuously, piece after piece”.

Beyond creating tea accessories, Fabienne also crafts everyday objects that not only are pleasing to the eye but are quite useful in our daily lives. Come down and see what she’s been cooking!

Camellia Sinensis + Geneviève Grandbois: a delicious and unique collaboration

3 November 2016

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On November 3rd, Camellia Sinensis and Geneviève Grandbois will launch a one of a kind chocolate bar made out of 54% cocoa, green tea and grilled rice. Beyond the natural pairing of flavor between chocolate and tea, both rich in history and traditions, we, as companies, share a similar philosophy centered on respect. Some call us passionate; some see us as borderline crazy as we scour the four corners of the planet for leaves and beans of premium quality from a diversity of distant origins.

“This project came to life from the pleasure of collaborating with other companies. Doing a project with Genevieve Grandbois seemed very natural as we have been friends for quite a few years” says Jasmin Desharnais.

A few ideas were thrown around in 2015 and developed more this fall into three projects that we have now put into action.  Aside from the new chocolate bar, Genevieve Grandbois was a key contributor of the Pairings section in the second edition of our book Thé : Histoires, terroirs, saveurs (in French only). We have also been using their chocolates during all our Teas & Chocolates tasting workshops.

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An exotic and authentic pairing

Creating such a symbiotic pairing isn’t accidental. It took a rigorous tasting process, combining many teas with just as many chocolates. The ultimate goal was to create a rich and unusual recipe; we landed on a blend of Genmaicha Sencha Matcha and milk chocolate (54% cocoa). “We were pleasantly surprised with the combination of light-tasting chocolate and grassy matcha tea, complemented with puffed rice”, explains Geneviève Grandbois. Matcha and grilled rice go hand in hand.

The final result is a chocolate experience that is as frank and bold as the collaboration that created it.

Buy it here.

 
 

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