2016 Tea Classes

Explore the full spectrum of tea culture by taking in a complimentary tea class as tea experts share their knowledge.
All classes are fist come first basis.

Tea Sommelier : Apprentice Level - !SUNDAY CLASS CANCELED!

!!!! SUNDAY CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED !!!

 

 

Speakers: James Norwood Pratt & Sanjay Guha
Location: Democracy Lab
Dates: December 3rd
Times: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

A concentrated overview of tea designed by two of the men who have inspired and guided America’s Tea Renaissance, author James Norwood Pratt and Tea Sage Sanjay Guha.  They teach fundamentals of tea history, origins, “terroir,” varietals and production. A course to inspire you with a love and understanding of mankind’s favorite beverage. Students will receive a certificate upon completion.

Tea and Cheese - $10.00

Speakers: Robert Wemischner
Location: Democracy Lab
Dates: December 3rd & 4th, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

It’s no surprise that tea and dairy go together so well. A lover of bold flavored foods, Chef Robert Wemischner presents a sampling of cheeses paired with carefully chosen teas. Have you ever tasted a soft goat cheese melting in your mouth when paired with a fresh young green tea? Or a soft ripened triple creme cheese paired with a malty Assam; or an earthy complex Pu-erh with a creamy blue cheese? Experience all of this and much more in this cutting-edge lecture about a topic that is growing tremendously in popularity.

Tea and Chocolate - $10.00

Speakers: Robert Wemischner
Location: Democracy Lab
Dates: December 3rd & 4th, 2016
Time: 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Chef Robert Wemischner, tea expert, pastry chef and author of four books including his most recent one, The Dessert Architect, will lead you through a pairing of chocolates and teas that bring out the best in each. Pair a hot swig of properly brewed tea with the right white, milk or dark chocolate and take the leaf and the cacao bean to new heights. A Chocolate lover’s melt-in-the-mouth experience that can’t be beat.

The Purple Tea Experience

Speakers: Bhavin Shah & Paul Bain
Location: Democracy Forum
Dates: December 4th, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Bhavin Shah and Paul Bain are going to tell you all about Kenya Purple Tea the new generation of tea!

Production, aroma, taste, shape, health benefits and all you need to know about it.

Intro To Tea - By: Jordan Essay

Speakers: Jordan Essay
Location: Democracy Lab
Dates: December 4th, 2016
Time: 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Let’s start at the beginning and see how tea became the most consumed beverage in the world. How is tea like wine? Is all tea black? Is it all grown and processed the same way? So many questions and Jordan has all the answers. Come and build a good tea knowledge foundation.

Everything you need to know about Pu Erh tea

Speakers: Linda Louie
Location: Education Center #2
Dates: December 4th, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Pu-eh tea is known for its complexity as well as its ability to age like fine wine. In recent decades, tea connoisseurs spend tens of thousands of dollars in search of rare aged Pu-erh, thus giving this tea a reputation as the “drinkable antique.” Join Linda Louie of Bana Tea Company for an in-depth discussion about the history, processing, and aging of Pu-erh tea.

World Tea Origin Tour

Speakers:  James Norwood Pratt (Moderator)  Sanjay Guha (China), Thomas Shu (Taiwan), Alex Harney (India), Pujitha Ubayasiri (Sri Lanka), Paul Bain (Kenya)

Location: Democracy Forum
Dates: December 3rd, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

All about Oolongs

Speakers: Thomas Shu
Location: Education Centre #2
Dates: December 4th, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Thomas Shu will take you to discover the wonderful world of Taiwanese Oolongs.

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Location: Nerio Center
Dates: December 3rd & 4th, 2016
Time: 11:30 am | 1:30 pm | 3:30 pm

 

The Japanese tea ceremony is called Chanoyu or Sado in Japanese. It is a choreographed ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea. Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one’s attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, but is about aesthetics inside and out, about preparing a bowl of tea from one’s heart.

Be Healthy, Drink Tea - By: Dr. Mary Hardy

Speakers: Dr. Mary Hardy
Location: Democracy Forum
Dates: December 3rd & 4th 2016
Times: 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

We have all heard the health claims about how good tea is for the body and mind but do you know why? Dr. Mary Hardy will blast through the data and explain in laymen terms just how much is fact and how much is fiction. This is a very interesting way to learn more about tea and actually understand what tea is doing to your body and that’s a good thing.

How to Open a Tea Room

Speakers: Tekeste Mehrateab
Location: Education Center #2
Dates: December 3rd, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Are you planning to open a Tea Room? Tek Mehrateab will tell you how to do it.

How to Steep The Perfect Pot of Tea

Speakers: Sanjay Guha
Location: Education Center #2
Dates: December 3rd, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Do you want to get the most flavor out of your favorite teas? Sanjay Guha can show you how. 

How to Plan the Perfect Tea Party

Speakers: Faith Ann Bailes
Location: Education Center #2
Dates: December 3rd, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

When you hear the words tea party, it automatically conjures images of the British gentry and the Victorian era. But today it is one of the most elegant and enjoyable parties you can throw for your friends. The endless conversation and stories over soothing cups of tea and delicious snacks is something that everyone enjoys.

Faith is going to tell you all you need to do the perfect Tea Party.

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