There's no mistaking it — tea is the new "it" drink.

We're not talking about the old bags of orange pekoe; the world of tea is expanding.  

There are many gourmet loose-leaf tea shops in shopping malls and tea parties regularly make the entertainment listings in the Lower Mainland.

Michael Menashy throws some of those parties with his company Tea Sparrow.

A professional ceramic artist by trade, Menashy has gone from making the cups to now making the tea. 

"Tea is one of those things where it's a process. You can't rush it.

"You've just got to wait through the process and I often find it's a time of reflection for me during this."

Watch the video New ways to ice tea from CBC TV's Our Vancouver to find out more about the "Iced Tea-Off" happening this weekend at the Heritage Hall on Main Street.