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."